The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who also serves as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to advocate for the adoption of diplomatic solutions in addressing the recent seizure of power by a military junta in Niger Republic.
In a communique issued at the conclusion of the editors’ Standing Committee Meeting in Lagos, NGE President Eze Anaba and General Secretary Dr Iyobosa Uwugiaren stressed the importance of utilizing “strategic engagement and diplomacy” to restore democratic structures in the country. The NGE acknowledged that military interventions are now widely seen as deviations from the norm across the globe.
The NGE expressed concern over the adverse effects of the surge in petrol prices on the lives of Nigerians. The sharp increase in transportation costs, as well as the rising prices of food and other goods, has placed a heavy burden on citizens already grappling with challenging economic conditions.
While emphasizing the significance of democratic governance and adherence to the rule of law, the Guild highlighted that “democratic government remains the best option in nation states.” It further encouraged federal and state governments to fulfill their commitments of providing relief measures to alleviate the hardships faced by the populace.
Addressing the removal of petrol subsidies, the NGE acknowledged the federal government’s decision as a move in the nation’s economic interest. However, it underscored the resulting consequences, including the notable rise in petrol prices due to the floating of the Naira and its exposure to market forces.
The editors urged governments at all levels to support the Nigeria Police Force in carrying out its constitutional responsibilities effectively. Commending the ongoing efforts to reposition the police for improved service delivery, the NGE stressed the interconnectedness of security and development in a complex world. It emphasized the role of security in facilitating economic growth and development, particularly in a developing nation like Nigeria.
Additionally, the NGE extended its appreciation to Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for collaborating with the professional body to establish the Lateef Jakande Maiden Annual Memorial Lecture, showcasing a commitment to fostering professional engagement and commemoration.
In light of these deliberations, the NGE’s Standing Committee conveyed its unwavering dedication to advocating for democratic principles, diplomatic resolution, and the well-being of the Nigerian populace.