The much awaited 2019 is here at last. Various political parties are warming up for the elections. The stage is set and the electoral umpire, INEC, looks good to conduct an election that will see herald the Fifth Republic.
Expectedly, the contenders have continued to speak of their readiness to conduct themselves in peaceful manner. Although, there are others who have declared that they would go violent if their opponents decide to go that way.
The international community has not hidden its interest in the coming elections. The United States of America, for example, has taken deliberate steps to get involved in the processes leading to the elections. They are everywhere in the country, sensitizing the citizens to the gains of peaceful polls.
We cannot agree less with all lovers of peace, that there is no alternative to peaceful elections. Immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan underscored this when he declared in 2015, that the blood of Nigerians could not be spilled for his electoral victory.
It is on record that the former president's position was what stabilised the polity after the 2015 elections which he lost. The incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari benefitted from that magnanimity and today, he is president. Lives were not lost after that election.
We are also expecting a similar gesture from Buhari at this time. Sitting governors, including others who have been elected into positions of authority, but who are angling to return to public office after the 2019 election, should also tread this path of peace and honour. They should be willing and ready to promote peaceful elections and also congratulate winners, in the event that they did not win.
WELCOME TO 2019
The Christmas and New Year celebrations are over. A new dawn is here. Across the country, normal works has resumed. And for us in TNN, we are back, stronger and very ready to report events from the Niger Delta perspective.
We had to go off the news stands for a week to enable the staff have some well deserved rest, even though some of them were still on their toes during the yuletide.
As we open our doors and return to the newsstands again, we can only thank you for being with and for us all through the past years. While we acknowledge that there are many newspapers that could not survive the unfriendly weather, especially during the period of recession and up to last year, we appreciate God for keeping us, and also keeping you to continue to patronise us.
We are deeply grateful for the support, encouragement and patronage during the out-gone year. As we get into this year, we ask that you kindly remain with us. We cannot be here without you.
Our pledge is to continue to uphold the tenets of journalism and remain committed to promoting the ethos of our profession.
Thank you for your wonderful support. Welcome to 2019.