Gov. Mbah, others eulogize late Sen. Anyim Ude ..As family announces N1million best  investigative journalist award at memorial lecture

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Thursday, July 20, held a Memorial Lecture on “Freedom of the Press, Fake News and the Rule of Law”,  in honour of Senator (Elder) Ayim .

At the event  held at Sports Club, Enugu, the state  Governor, Dr Peter  Mbah,  Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Patricia Obila, Ag. Chairman of Igbo Leaders of Thoughts and former Director General, MAMSER, Prof . Elochukwu Amaucheazi, former Minister of Information  and former National President Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide , Nnia Nwodo


And other diginatries  eulogized late Senator  Anyim Ude.

Speaking,  Governor. Mbah described  late Senator Anyim Ude , a renowned Journalist and Broadcaster, as a revered personality, disciplined statesman, who lived his life for the unity and progress of Nigeria.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, Governor Mbah urged Journalists to emulate  the virtues of the  late Veteran Journalist, by disseminating the truth to the public.

In her brief remark, the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi, Mrs Patricia Obila, commended the NUJ and family of late Ude for honoring the late senator by organizing the event .

She promised the bereaved  family that Ebonyi State government where Ude came will not abandon them.

Pix- SSG, Onyia

Delivering the lecture on the topic: “Freedom of the press, fake news and the rule of law”, the guest lecturer,  and former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA , Olu Akpata, said that the socio- economic challenges in Nigeria today , demanded the intervention of Journalists, Lawyers and the organised Labour.

He decried the lack of investigative Journalism and the take over of media space by untrained citizen journalists who mastermind “fake news.”

He wondered why Journalists kept silent over some recent  socio-political  issues in the country  which they ought to have investigated . Akpata, therefore  urged Journalists to live up to their responsibilities, especially in the area of investigative Journalism.

Pix- Ebonyi Deputy ,Obila

ADwelling on the topic “Freedom of the Press, Fake News and the Rule of Law”, the Guest lecturer said that there was a closer relationship between Journalists and lawyers, as vanguards of the society.

Pix- NUJ National president,Comrade Isiguzo

“There is a need for a healthy relationship between Lawyers and Journalists for Nigeria to move forward, ” he said.

Others who spoke at the event were the  Ag. Chairman of Igbo Leaders of Thoughts, Prof . Elochukwu Amaucheazi, former Minister of Information  and former National President Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Worldwide , Nnia Nwodo , the Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide,Alex Ogbonna, and Senator Ude’s son,Nnanna.

Pix- Nwodo

Nnanna thanked the organisers ,NUJ and all who attended the event 

He said that in appreciation, the family has instituted a N1 million award for the best investigative journalist in the country annually..

Pix- Nnanna


Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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