Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, has urged media practitioners and other influential Nigerians who have access to the media to put the interest of the nation first in their publications.
Anenih said this in a letter dated January 17, 2014, addressed to the Chairman of the Leadership Group and Publisher of the Leadership newspaper, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah.
Anenih said, “Though politics has eaten deep into, and ruined the socio-cultural fabric of Nigeria, I urge you and other influential Nigerians in the media to put the interest of the nation first in your publications over and above personal interest and selfish political and sectional agenda which are capable of heating up the polity and leading to pernicious division in our nation.”
The letter was sequel to a back page article by Nda-Isaiah titled: “Is the President Aware That $10.8b Is Still Missing?” published in the newspaper edition of Monday, January 13, 2014.
Anenih expressed concern at what he described as “the several instances of uncomplimentary self-revelations” exhibited by the publisher in the article, which according to him, “spoke more about your uncharitable attitude towards President Goodluck Jonathan than the purported missing $10.8b.”
He said he was particularly concerned about Nda-Isaiah’s erroneous conclusion that “…it is quite befuddling how anyone will want Jonathan to continue as president beyond 2015, as a few jesters are currently doing.
“Anyone, no matter who that person is, who wants President Jonathan to govern Nigeria beyond 2015, is an enemy of the Nigerian State,” Nda-Isaiah wrote.