By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN – A BENIN-based legal practitioner, Chief Osaheni Uzamere, has called on the Nigerian press to continue to be at the vanguard of the warÂ against corruption in spite of the brutal murder, in 1986, of Mr. Dele Giwa, founding Editor-In-Chief of Newswatch magazine and other journalists who have lost their lives violentlyÂ in the country in the pursuit of the truth.
Chief Uzamere, who made the call yesterday at the Ist Dele Giwa Memorial Lecture organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council, in collaboration with Etsako local government council, insisted that with widespread corruption, Nigeria has not arrived its destination.
Placing the widespread corruption in the country at the door-step of the military who were in power for 34 years, Uzamere emphasized that the military â€œtotally corrupted Nigerians beyond redemption between 1979 and 1983, adding that General Ibrahim Babangida and General Sani Abacha put a seal on Nigeriaâ€™s fate for years.
He argued that the problems faced by journalists in Nigeria were not different from those faced by lawyers and other professions, just as he insisted that the problems of corruption were foisted on Nigerians by the manner the country attained her independence, noting that Nigeria was still a colony of the West.
Extolling the journalistic qualities of the late Dele Giwa, Uzanere blamed the colonialist and past military rulers in Nigeria for handing over the reins of power to their stooges who were not prepared to take leadership responsibilities.