Senate leader congratulates PUNCH at 50

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Opeyemi Bamidele

Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele.

The Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central), has congratulated the publisher of Nigeria’s foremost national dailies PUNCH Newspapers for its outstanding reportage and ethical journalism in the last 50 years.

PUNCH, Nigeria’s most widely read Newspaper, clocked 50 on March 18, 2023. However, its Board of Directors moved the 50th-anniversary celebration to this year because the anniversary month fell within an election month and year.

Senator Bamidele, in a personally signed congratulatory message addressed to the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Adeyeye Joseph, extolled The PUNCH for staying through to true journalism despite the challenges it faced particularly during the military regime.

The Senate leader said, “I most sincerely extend my heartfelt congratulations to the management and staff of PUNCH (Nigeria) Limited on its golden anniversary. It has been 50 years of flagship and robust journalism, defending the cause of the downtrodden, promoting open society, and upholding the rule of law.

“From when The PUNCH first hit the newsstand on March 18, 1973, there has not been any looking back. From time to time, its Board of Editors and Editorial Team have exhibited sound news judgment and placed the interests of Nigeria, indeed 227 million citizens at the core of your publications.”

He added, “This lends credence to your strict adherence to Section 22 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, which largely enjoins the mass media to uphold the fundamental objectives and directive principle of state policy and advocate the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people at all times.

“As an ardent reader of The PUNCH, I eternally commend your courage, creativity, and resilience in the practice of professional print journalism in Nigeria, especially during the dark era of despotism and tyranny that we all witnessed until the return to democratic rule on May 29, 1999.”

The Senate leader further noted that Punch’s resilience and ethical journalism have contributed to the growth of Nigeria’s democracy.

Senator Bamidele added, “Honestly, in these five decades of your flagship journalism and resounding success, The PUNCH has contributed its quota to the growth of our democracy, social education and human capital development.”

“Even though founded during the infamous military era, The PUNCH has steadily swum against various socio-economic and political tides to set agenda; measure government performance and serve as a mirror of public opinion.”

“As the journey to centenary begins in earnest, I firmly believe The PUNCH will continue to wax stronger to defend the defenceless; promote an egalitarian Nigeria and uphold the rule of law. I therefore join other stakeholders to celebrate five decades of truly radical journalism,” he added.

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