As Nigeria celebrate Independence Day , the members of Arewa Online Publishers Association (AOPA) joined entire Nigerians to celebrate the 59 years of unity ,progress and peaceful coexistence .
According to Association , coming thus far as a united citizens regardless of the socio- political challenges besetting the nation is worthy of commendation.
The newly inaugurated Online Publishers Association in a statement signed by the Secretary , Alhaji Balarabe Junaidu urged Nigerians to remember the intellectual prowess , patriotic zeal and the love for the country which enabled Nigeria’s forbearers to succeed in their struggle .
The Statement further reads : “It is also gratifying to note that Nigeria’s leaders since then, have made varied contributions to building our nation State, and ensuring that the country remain united despite diverse challenges , which are not unexpected in a multicultural society, such as ours.
“The pride of any leadership after leaving office , is to bequeath to the nation, a long lasting legacy of improved infrastructural facilities and a better economy equitably reflecting the length and breadth of the country.
” It is against this backdrop, Arewa Online Publishers Association looks forward for policies and programmes that would be implemented to ensure better livelihood for Nigerians.
“On our part, Arewa Online Publishers Association is Committed to development journalism for the socio economic , political , environmental and societal growth as opposed to sadistic muckraking journalism typified by sensationalism and character assassination among others.
“And to achieve broad national goals, we will bring community efforts at improving their living conditions to limelight , douse stalemate among segments of the society and mobilize the populace for political , social and economic Advancement .
” Building peace across the nation divides to steer the path of economic growth and development , would also be focussed.”