President Muhammadu Buhari, Sunday, saluted editor-in-chief of the defunct Newswatch magazine, Mr. Ray Ekpu, who turns 70 on August 6, and works 45 years as a journalist and as an administrator.
In a statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, the President joined the media world, family and friends of the renowned columnist and activist in celebrating what he called his ‘many years of exceptional contribution to national development’ through his writings, speaking engagements and leadership roles.’’
Buhari praised Ekpu’s consistency and forthrightness in speaking and writing the truth to authorities, especially the many times he has placed his life at risk in fighting for democracy and the institutionalisation of good governance in Nigeria.
The statement reads, “As Ekpu turns a septuagenarian, President Buhari affirms that his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and editorial skills should serve as a benchmark for upcoming journalists as the future of the industry rests on the indelible tenets of fairness, accuracy and balance.
“The President prays that the Almighty God will grant the prolific writer longer life, good health and more wisdom to serve the nation and humanity.