The Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, has expressed sadness over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, and called on the Federal Government to live up to its promise to ensure the girls are rescued.
In a communique issued at the end of the standing committee meeting of the Guild held in Owerri, it argued that “the abduction is not only an assault on Chibok, but the entire country.”
The Guild then praised Nigerians for rising up in unison against the abduction of the schoolgirls and further commended the international community for offering assistance to Nigeria to free them.
It urged “Nigerians to be security conscious and pass relevant information to security agents who are expected to promptly act on such information to stop terrorism in the country.”
The communique, signed by the Guild’s President, Femi Adesina, read: “The Guild decries the acrimonious nature of the ongoing National Conference and calls on delegates to watch their utterances capable of causing more disunity in the country.
“The Guild notes the recent rebasing of the Nigerian economy. It, however, expects the new economic status as the largest economy in Africa to reflect in the per capita income and the standard of living of Nigerians as well as infrastructure development.
“The Guild is worried that the 2014 budget has not been passed five months into the year. It, therefore, calls on both the executive and the legislative arms of government to resolve their differences on the issue and pass the budget urgently.
“The Guild calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, politicians and the people to ensure that the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states are free, fair and credible to act as a template for the 2015 general elections.
“The Guild notes that sports is a unifying factor in Nigeria and that the FIFA World Cup and the Commonwealth Games are coming up shortly.
“It, therefore, urges the Federal Government to ensure adequate funding for successful outings of Nigeria at these events. The Guild commends the Imo State Government for hosting the Standing Committee meeting.