By Dapo Akinrefon
THE Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams has charged the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, to champion the call for restructuring and true federalism in the country.
He said this when members of the NUJ executive visited to congratulate Adams on his new status.
Adams said it was imperative for leadership of the fourth estate of the realm to champion the call for restructuring and true federalism in the country, “where every federating unit will develop at their own pace.”
He said the role of the press in nation-building cannot be over-emphasised, describing journalists as the mirror of the society.
He urged the Union to be vibrant and radical in their reportage, saying by virtue of his new status, the top priority of his agenda as the Aare Onakakanfo is to promote the unity of the race.
“For Nigeria to become the country of our dream, journalists have a prominent role to play. They are in the best position to moderate the opinions of the people because whatever they publish as news stories carry much weight,” he said.
In his remarks, the NUJ president, Comrade Waheed Odusile, described the position of the Aare Onakakanfo, as the most prominent title in Yorubaland.
According to him, the leadership of the association considered it imperative to pay the courtesy call to identify with the Aare and discuss current issues in the country.
Applauding the efforts of Aare Adams for promoting unity in Yorubaland, he said: “We congratulate you on your new status as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, your position is no mean status in Yorubaland.”
The situation in the country is becoming worrisome. As Yoruba leader, we urge you to use your office to call Yoruba leaders to come together and find lasting solution to the issue of the Herdsmen and other security issues in the country.’’