THIS MUCH WE PLEDGE
BY OLALERE FAGBOLA
We, as the Editorial voice of Youths Guide shall endeavor to set agenda on issues that spark the cool or the fury of the masses of our youths, responding but not reacting to them, not flying up on the impulse of the moment but doing it with a sense of resourcefulness.
Our informed opinion in articulating our position would be in the context of dynamic equivalent interpretation of issues and events as it also in our journalistic injunction to separate news from noise, facts from fallacies and above all truth from opinion.
In allowing reasoning to guide us in our decision therefore, our authority shall be on the fulcrum of respect for the Nigerian constitution in its context hence we pledge that our submission shall fit our conclusion while we shall endeavor to say what we mean and mean exactly what we say.
Ours would be a product of deep research, and intellectual activism, hence we shall be a mentor to guide at all times towards assisting in making saner conclusion on issues possible.
And as this two-way mentorship traffic between us and our readers is of same rhythm with peace and concord, this is exactly why Youth Guide is always at its apogee of commitment in bringing to our readership the best music anywhere as both memory and melody are in the same household. ‘’with canopies spreading across for borders yet bearing the drum of gudugudu meje – TOYOBO
In doing this, we are fulfilling one of our functions in guiding through the music of morality and spirituality, even for an all-time sweetness and melody, bringing our readers to the remembrances of all socio-economic ethical and political norms of the society.
Though we reflect facts breaking the news intelligibly and intellectually, even when the news is still news, providing guidance for us goes beyond the parochial brief that the little or big toes in the society must be spared the discomfort of being told the truth as it is.
With Moment, Movement and Monument sharing a commitment in which they are all bound together in a figurative unison, we guide each moment in truth, conscious of our role in the advocacy of all that is good and appropriate for reproof, encouragement, approval and criticism.
And in our Chemistry of construction therefore, we shall not only be refined in our language, we shall separate toxicity from the bathroom of obscurity in which the media generation of today is being drenched while giving them mental activation to make them to be alive to their social responsibility.
We are however not unaware of so many things that have come to befuddle us as a people for failing to get proper grasp of matters as a result of our tendency to over-topicalize while leaving blind spots in our perspective on issues.
As a voice of advocacy, we shall truly live to be a living voice for the interest of the Youths and champion the welfare interest of Nigerians in general. We shall encourage and promote leadership by example in our editorial for we believe in ORDER and as the mouth piece whose watchword is DISCIPLINE, the power of our Advocacy shall be in our rectitude.
It is also going to be a world of self discipline through Advocacy mandate, even as we shall endeavor to offer criticism while it will be our primary mission to be a voice for the voiceless.
We shall employ the right word as season demands while we shall not hesitate to apply the rod of our pen and the spirit of the ink on the wicked and on those who are happy to tie the destiny of this nation Nigeria to the pole of idleness.
This means that as the proverbial canary bird whose business is to serve as the mouth piece of the down trodden, we shall not speak in corners or in whispers. We shall impact and raise our voices.
The rod of our mouth with the lively spirit of our lips will offer praise whenever It is due, for, to look at rod in its philological gamut is to understand the universality, topicality and Nigerianese of our focus or advocacy, as this is a symbol of leadership exuded in erdo a Fulani word that stands for leader, even from which Ado Bayero title was carved.
Our advocacy also faithfully bears the mark of commitment to order which in Latin parlance, is ‘’ordo’’ portending authority like the rod of speaker ship, altogether metamorphosing in the word mace or hammer for the auctioneer or for the judge whose order must stand erect like words of the prophets which must not fall on the ground,
Again our advocacy still representing the same word rod is an evidence of life because of its ability to speak power which is Arido, being the Urobo’s word for power of the word or call it broadcast.
We have gone this length to assure that it is not going to be business as usual. We are in the Youths Guide, set out to break through the newsbreak even in our editorial. This much we do pledge.