Be partners, not adversaries to government, Adesina tells media
• You criticised others before you got here, says media organisation
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has solicited continued partnership with the media to help government and citizens realise the Nigeria of their dreams.
“The media should partner with the government instead of being adversaries. What you find in the media, at times, is that they are so adversarial to the government, which does not have to be. This is our country and we don’t have any other one,” he said.
Adesina spoke on Tuesday at the State House, Abuja, when he received the Ace Leadership Award presented to him by the management of Love FM 104.5 Abuja, as part of its Merit Awards 2022.
The awards ceremony proper had earlier taken place in June.
Expressing appreciation, Adesina, in a statement issued by Abiodun Oladunjoye, a Director of Information, said: “If they send the country into a tailspin through too much criticism, even the media won’t be able to do its work. So, we should always bear in mind that it is our country and whatever we make of it is what we get.”
Presenting the award, the representative of Love FM, Ewuzie Anele Lilian, expressed the organisation’s pride in the work of Adesina as a journalist, having reached the peak of his career.
“We are happy to identify with you because we know how you started. You rose through the ladder and here you are, still doing the media work. We know it is not everybody that will accept what you are doing.”
She assured the spokesman of the support of Love FM, despite some reports that suggest otherwise.
She added: “Sometimes, we criticise you. We learnt that from you anyway. Before you got here, you were criticising others.”
“We have come to say congratulations, despite all that has happened. We are proud of the level you have reached and pray that God will sustain you and give you more wisdom to deal with challenges associated with the job.”