By Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin
Former national deputy president of the Nigeria Labour Congress( NLC), Comrade Issa Aremu, yesterday, pleaded with the Nigerian media to stop giving public to those fanning the ember of disunity in the country.
Aremu who made specific reference to certain groups planning to embark on a nationwide protests as from today, (Monday) admonished the nation’s media to help in deepening democracy through publications of news that would foster nation building rather than providing vents for what it called anti-democratic forces.
The labour leader made the appeal in his goodwill message at a sentfort programme in honour of a veteran journalist, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde Akanbi who just retired at Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation(of Radio Kwara ) in Ilorin, Kwara state.
Aremu who was represented by Comrade AbdulKareem Onagun, urged journalists to place premium on reporting the truths, and promoting news that will create jobs for the youths, reopen closed factories, ensure peace and harmony in the community.
He posited that the challenges of insecurity, bad governance and corruption facing the nation called for developmentalist news that promotes productivity, dignity of labour, peace, unity and harmony.
On the planned protests by some groups today, Aremu observed that protests are legitimate in a democracy recalling what he called 40 years of NLC’s legitimate struggles for minimum wage, against petroleum price increases, against insecurity, for revival of industry, against military dictatorship and for democracy adding that labour’s struggles had helped to deepen democracy for better inclusive welfare in the country.
He, however, added that legitimate protest in a democracy is not the same thing as “emergency revolution” and anarchy as being promoted by what he called “anti- democratic forces” today .
He recalled that one of the conveners of the proposed protest was Mr Omoyele Sowore who he said was also the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress who lost in 2019 presidential election.
The labour leader said Sowore should rather prepare for the next elections in 2023 as a mark of abiding faith in democratic process.
“No short cut to nation building as we have seen in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia. The road to development in Nigeria and Africa is deepening democracy not anarchy. The media should not give vent to anti democratic forces under any guises,”he stated.
Aremu said all progressive forces must demand for good democratic governance as much as condemn any attempt at undermining democracy either through red- hearing and unprincipled outrage or police over reaction, both he said can only undermine the democratic process.
He praised the celebrant who also clicked 60 yesterday for what he called blessing of long and quality life in a country of shortened life expectancy due to infant mortality, maternal mortality, road accidents, fatal robberies, fake drugs and fake food, and various forms of insecurity”.Share this on WhatsApp