Democracy: Tinubu pays tribute to The Punch, Guardian, National Concord, others

By Moses Okorie

President Bola Tinubu has paid tribute to some Nigerian media houses for the roles they played and persecution they suffered during the Nigerian rules and for helping in bringing the democratic era being enjoyed by citizens of the country.

The president stated this in his Democracy Day broadcast to the national on Wednesday saying “We could not have won the battle against military dictatorship without the irrepressible Nigerian journalists who mounted the barricades along with the pro-democracy activists. We celebrate them today, along with their media establishments such as The Punch, Guardian, National Concord, Tribune, The News/Tempo, and TELL Magazines. Military authorities proscribed these media establishments and jailed their journalists for standing for free speech and civil liberties

“Despite the lethal might of the military government, what appeared to be high and unyielding walls of dictatorship came tumbling down. The dismal fortress exists no longer.

“The power of an idea, the power of the people proved more potent than all the guns and munitions, than all the guns, the munitions and the threats of the strongmen.

“The nation exited the yoke of military rule in 1999 to become the most populous democracy on African soil, the beacon of democratic self-determination for the black race and one of the largest democracies in the world.

“This change stands as a pivotal moment in human history. From this change, we shall never turn, nor shall the annals of mankind’s progress forget the sublime meaning of this great moment.

“Today, 25 years later, we celebrate the silver anniversary of our journey in democracy”, Tinubu said.

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