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Comrade AbuSatar Idowu Hamed (right), Chairman, Federated Chapel, Ogun NUJ presenting congratulatory card to the Ambassador-Designate, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Ishola at his residence on Monday, August 3, 2020.

Ambassador-Designate, Sarafa Ishola Congratulates AbuSatar – Led Federated Chapel Exco, Harps on Peace among Journalists

Comrade AbuSatar Idowu Hamed (right), Chairman, Federated Chapel, Ogun NUJ presenting congratulatory letter to the Ambassador-Designate, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Ishola at his residence on Monday, August 3, 2020.

By Raymond Osho

ABEOKUTA – The new Executives of the Federated Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council, led by Comrade AbuSatar Hamed paid a courtesy visit to the Patron and Fellow, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun state council, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Ishola.

On the invitation of the Ambassador-Designate, the group of publishers in the Federated Chapel of the NUJ held fruitful deliberations with the Elder Statesman.

The Baba Adini of Yorubaland, Edo & Delta who could not hide his irritation to a visit by some individuals claiming to be leaders of the Chapel to his residence during the Eid-el-Kabir festival expressed displeasure when he was presented with facts that the group was not recognised by the National, Zonal and State authorities of the NUJ.

Addressing the delegation of the authentic Federated Chapel Executives, accompanied by the Chairman, Ogun State NUJ Caretaker Committee, Comrade Omolola Adeyinka and another member of the committee

Comrade Wole Shokun, the immediate past Chairman of the Ogun State NUJ here making a speech

Comrade Anthony Gandonu, Alhaji Sarafa Ishola said he was misled to identified with the said group, but had to reach out to the recognized leaders when his attention was drawn to the deceit.

Alhaji Ishola however expressed concern that the media which ought to be the role model for society was enmeshed in crisis and washing their dirty linens in the public.

While urging members of the fourth estate of the realm in Ogun State to embrace peace and tranquility for stability of the union, the former Minister called on the leadership of the Union to be proactive in finding a lasting solution to the crisis, adding that there was no conflict without the opportunities for peaceful resolution.

Ishola whose appointment as Ambassador-Designate was announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, identified that greed and impatience as major causes of division among groups of people.

Comrade Omolola Adeyinka making a speech on the occasion.

The former Secretary to the Ogun State Government said he was ready to mediate between the warring factions as a Patron for the Union and urged members of the NUJ in the state to set aside their differences for the progress of the Union.

His words, “There is no conflict without peaceful resolution. There’s no alternative to peace. Without peace there cannot be progress. I have always been an apostle of peace.

“I am ready for whatever we can do to make peace. Don’t be too sure when you have a case in court, nobody could say who will win or lose. What I’m saying is that crisis and conflicts are normal in every human endeavors.”
“We should look for peace in Ogun NUJ. Go back to the bottom and allow fairness, equity on both sides. From today, start thinking of how to make peace terms.”

Comrade AbuSatar Hamed delivering his speech on the occasion

He therefore congratulated the new and authentic leadership of the Federated Chapel led by Comrade AbuSatar Idowu Hamed, urging them to always work towards welfare of their members.

Earlier, the Chairman, Ogun NUJ Federated Chapel, Comrade AbuSatar Idowu Hamed had congratulated Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Ishola on his new appointment as Ambassador-Designate by President Muhammadu Buhari.
AbuSatar described Ishola’s appointment as a result of his loyalty and track record as a seasoned politician and administrator.

He expressed confidence that, the Ambassador-Designate would through mutual efforts strengthened the multi-dimensional Nigeria relations for the benefit of the people and in the interest of stability and security of the nation.

The Vice Chairman, Comrade Juwon Opayemi (left) and Comrade Olamilekan Jaaji (Auditor) at the event.

The Chairman of the Federated Chapel of Ogun NUJ however called on members of the public not to have anything to do with anybody or a group of people who are not from Ogun NUJ, saying, “our conduct as fourth estate of the realm must therefore be professional and above reproach at all times.”

He noted that there was no division in the Ogun State Federated Chapel, rather the chapel was trying to flush out those who used the body to scam unsuspecting members of the public through blackmail and threats of writing negative stories against them.

AbuSatar however advised members of the public to report any act of impersonation from anyone or group of people not certified by the National, Zonal and state councils of NUJ to the security agencies and Ogun State NUJ, at the Union’s Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin, Abeokuta.

Comrade AbuSatar Hamed listen to Alhaji Sarafa Ishola’s speech on the occasion
L-R: Comrade Gandonu, Comrade Michael Azeez, Comrade Omolola Adeyinka and Comrade Bolaji Adekunle
Comrade Bolaji Adekunle presenting a copy of her magazine (NewsCircle) to Alhaji Sarafa Ishola .
Alhaji Sarafa Ishola with Mr. Dimeji Penpushing (left) and Comrade Shokunbi. (right).
Alhaji Sarafa Ishola in group photograph with his guests
The new executive of Federated Chapel in group photograph with the Ambassador-Designate, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Ishola.
Comrade AbuSatar Hamed takes a shot with Alhaji Sarafa Ishola on the occasion

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