The push for a free press in Nigeria got more support on Wednesday from Lagos Central Senator Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, who described it (free press) as the “cornerstone of democracy”.
Senator Tinubu spoke at the Fatai Atere Way Lagos, headquarters of Vintage Press Limited, publishers of The Nation titles, during a sympathy visit to the newspaper over the October 21 attack on the office by unknown arsonists.
Some hoodlums took advantages of the EndSARS protests to set fire to The Nation head office and loot its properties.
Senator Tinubu was represented by the Executive Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, who led a delegate from the Lagos Central Senatorial District.
She said The Nation gives voice to citizens, enable democratic governance and facilitate more effective development.
According to her, the delegation was on a mission to rejoice with the company’s management and staff for surviving the attack to remain instrumental in building a freer and more professional media.
She donated some office items to the management of the company.
The Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, Kamal Salau-Bashua, who was on the entourage, praised the newspaper for reporting national interest issues and those affecting the people’s everyday life.
He praised the management for media holding out the freedom flag in face of challenges and dangerous conditions.
A senior legislative aide to the senator, Prince Bashir Oloto, was also in the entourage.
Vintage Press’ Managing Director Victor Ifijeh thanked Senator Tinubu and Lagos Central constituents for identifying with the newspaper.
He reiterated The Nation’s commitment to freely report, analyse and share news.