1 July 2017
By Orji Sunday
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, on Friday, declared that no political party could wrestle power from the ruling All progressive Congress, APC, come 2019.
He made this known while responding to questions from journalists at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), where he was the Guest lecturer in this year’s Jackson Annual Lecture organised by the department of Mass communication under the title, “The New Media: A Threat or Complement to Traditional Media”.
Shehu explained that even beyond the division within the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, the Buhari-led administration retained the peoples’ support because of its strides in development; and remained the only administration to embark on the reconstruction of the second Niger Bridge, railway projects amongst others.
“APC is strong, it is getting better and I assure you that nobody would dare us in 2019,” He said.
Also reacting to calls by some youth groups asking for non-indigenes to vacate certain regions before October 1st, Shehu said that those making the ‘senseless calls’ for the division of the country lack basic knowledge of where they are coming from, and are undermining the bond and love in the nation.
He stated that the Nigerian government has the will and capacity to hold the country together and nobody would get away with a threat to the unity of Nigeria.
In his introductory remark, Dr. Luke Anorue, head, department of Mass Communication, UNN informed attendees that the annual lecture series was intended to provide a meeting point for the academia, industry and the government to share ideas.
The event saw the presentation of merit awards to Mallam Garba Shehu for his contributions to the development of journalism in Nigeria.
Similarly, Professor Nnanyelugo Okoro, was honoured for his academic excellence and effort in the advancement of the department of Mass communication in the university and academia in general.
This year’s event marks the lecture series’ tenth year after its maiden edition in 2007.
In the past the highly anticipated event has drawn high profile Nigerians, particularly alumni of the department, including one time Minister of Information and Culture, Tony Momoh.
The chairman of the organising committee, Dr. Michael Ukonu said that the university is grateful to the guest lecturer who honoured the event.
He was also full of praise for the alumni of the department of Mass communication in UNN for their commitment to advancing the status of the department in an effort to consolidate its leading position in producing excelling professionals in the field of journalism and governance in various sectors, locally and internationally.