By Ajibola Abayomi,
November 17, 2017
For former Lagos state governor and a veteran Journalist, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, he neither wants to be associated with gold or silver nor peek of office as ex-while number one citizen in the state rather he wants his legacy to speak for him.
Jakande in his 80s fondly called Baba Kekere poured his heart on what he wanted generations to come to associate his name with while receiving a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State Council led by the chairman, Dr Qasim Akinreti at his Ilupeju residence in Lagos.
Only one thing was on his mind. Jakande said he would like to be remembered as a governor who gave opportunity to achieve greatness to thousands of Lagos residents irrespective of their state of origin through the free education he introduced during his tenure.
According to him the education policy helped many indigenes and non indigenes to access education that aided their achievement in several endeavours.
X-raying the present state of journalism, he charged Journalists to make integrity their watch word as they practice the profession.
He averred that if the media wanted to continue as vanguard of the nation, then the practitioners must always uphold integrity as a virtue in the fight to make society a better place.
He urged journalists to uphold integrity in order to promote accountability in the nation to champion good course in the society.
According to the veteran Journalist, journalism in the country had improved over the years. “Our journalism practice and profession can compete favourably with that of any other country in the world” he said.
Speaking, Dr Akinreti explained that the visit was a way of seeking the octogenarian’s blessing after assuming office as the Chairman of the NUJ and to also felicitate with the man whose foot print in journalism was visible everywhere.
The chairman stressed that he and his team had campaigned on integrity and accountability and noted that the decision of the former governor to mention it was divine.
“I am happy to have been received by the former governor whom many of us have will continue to applaud for his integrity and achievements while in office even though he had left power many years ago. Alhaji Jakande is a unique leader whom we shall continue to tap from his poll of knowledge.
“The leader has spoken and it is for us to spread the gospel. Nigerian journalists remain committed to their job with passion despite the challenging environment. We have kept faith with our pen which is mightier than sword. Lagos NUJ will continue to champion the course of integrity” Akinreti said.