By Abdulwahab Abdulah
A member of the House of Representatives, Abubakar Momoh, has charged media professionals and those in similar field to be vigilant to defend the nation’s democracy from those opposed to its tenets.
Momoh, who represents Etsako Federal Constituency, disclosed this in Benin during the conferment of Best National Assembly Legislator in Edo State for 2013 award on him by the Association of Community Newspaper Publishers of Nigeria, ACNPN, Edo State chapter.
He also stressed the need for Nigerians to live a life of sacrifice that would enable the country surmount all the challenges that serve as a cog in wheel of progress.
Using the late former South African President, Dr. Nelson Mandela that passed on recently as reference point, the lawmaker said people could be celebrated, not for the abundance of things they possessed, but for their service to humanity.
According to him, the case of Nelson Mandela should serve as a lesson for all, especially political office holders, to make sacrifices to solve the nation’s woes.
“On my part, I will do my utmost best in the service of Etsako people, whom I hold in very high esteem and whose interest I represent at the National Assembly,” he said.
He appreciated his colleagues at the National Assembly and Governor Adams Oshiomhole for their cooperation in ensuring that the people of his constituency got dividends of democracy.
Momoh said he had so far sponsored seven motions that culminated in resolutions and five bills, besides co-sponsoring several bills and motions in the National Assembly.