Media professionals and those in similar field have been urged to be vigilant to defend the nation’s democracy from those opposed to its tenets.
A member representing Etsako Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Abubakar Momoh, disclosed this in Benin during the conferment of Best National Assembly Legislator in Edo State for 2013 award on him by the Association of Community Newspaper Publishers of Nigeria, ACNPN, Edo State chapter.
Momoh also stressed the need for Nigerians to live a life of sacrifice that would enable the country surmount all the challenges that serve as a cog in its wheel of progress.
The lawmaker said people could be celebrated, not for the abundance of things they possessed, but for their service to humanity. He cited the late former South African President, Dr. Nelson Mandela who passed on recently as an example of seldless service.
According to him, the case of Nelson Mandela should serve as a lesson for all, especially political office holders, to make sacrifices to solve the nation’s woes.
“On my part, I will do my utmost best in the service of Etsako people, whom I hold in very high esteem and whose interest I represent at the National Assembly,” he said.
He expressed appreciation to his colleagues at the National Assembly and Governor Adams Oshiomhole for their cooperation in ensuring that the people of his constituency got dividends of democracy.