I Have No Rea­son to Fail, Says NUJ Na­tional Pres­i­dent

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The Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ), Chief Chris Isiguzo, has promised to be the best pres­i­dent the union has ever pro­duced, adding that he had no rea­son to fail.

Isiguzo made the prom­ise dur­ing a spe­cial thanks­giv­ing ser­vice at the Church of God Mis­sion (CGM), in Umuahia, where he ex­pressed pro­found grat­i­tude to God for his vic­tory at the NUJ elec­tions held in Abeokuta on Oc­to­ber 4, 2018.

He also thanked the lead­er­ship of the church and mem­bers of his cam­paign com­mit­tee, called the Res­cue Mis­sion, who, ac­cord­ing to him, worked tire­lessly for his emer­gence.

“In his­tory to­day, I am the youngest pres­i­dent of NUJ since its in­cep­tion and by the grace of God, I shall be the best ever.”

“I have no rea­son to fail. If I fail, I fail the church and all those who be­lieved in me,” he said, adding that he would not dis­ap­point the union.

Nar­rat­ing his cam­paign ex­pe­ri­ence, Isiguzo said the cam­paign com­mit­tee tra­versed the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, Abuja with­out any hitches.

He also re­called that the team trav­elled through Maiduguri, Da­maturu and other ar­eas be­ing rav­aged by the Boko Haram in­sur­gents in the North­east, with­out record­ing any ugly in­ci­dent.

“Not even did any ve­hi­cle in the cam­paign train break down through­out the pe­riod,” he said, and at­trib­uted the suc­cess to God’s grace.

He added that he ini­tially doubted his abil­ity to face the in­cum­bent pres­i­dent, Mr. Wa­heed Odusile, who was in the race for a se­cond term.

“When the idea was first mooted to me to run for the na­tional pres­i­dent, I dis­missed it be­cause I was afraid that I would be crushed by the in­cum­bent,” he said.

The NUJ boss said his great­est chal­lenge dur­ing the cam­paign was the hate speech and cam­paign of calumny mounted against him by his de­trac­tors through the so­cial me­dia.

He said the at­tack against his rep­u­ta­tion was so in­tense and dam­ag­ing that he al­most threw in the towel, barely 24 hours to the elec­tion.

“I was be­ing torn to shreds in all the so­cial me­dia por­tals and at a time, barely 24 hours to the elec­tion, I de­cided to quit the race.

“I was, how­ever, re­strained by mem­bers of the cam­paign com­mit­tee, who in­sisted that we shall fight the bat­tle to the end,” Isiguzo said.

He thanked God for what he termed “the rare priv­i­lege to serve the union,” say­ing he would not take it for granted.

In his brief re­mark, the Na­tional Sec­re­tary of the union, Mr. Shuaibu Le­man, ex­pressed de­light over Isiguzo’s emer­gence and hoped that the new lead­er­ship would re­turn the union to God.

“What­ever we do as a union, we shall put God first be­cause it is God that shall grant us up­lift in our en­deav­ours,” Le­man said.

Ear­lier in his ser­mon, the of­fi­ci­at­ing priest and Enugu Zonal Co­or­di­na­tor of CGM, Rev. God­son Elka­nah, said “When God’s hand is lifted upon a man, his destiny is ful­filled.”

Elka­nah said that for any Chris­tian to make progress in life, he must ac­cept God with all his heart.

He chal­lenged jour­nal­ists in the coun­try to use their pro­fes­sion to en­sure ad­e­quate cov­er­age of events in the coun­try, es­pe­cially the elec­tion­eer­ing for the 2019 polls.

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