In the last few days, there have been several enquiries, concerns, comments and speculations on our “new editorial policy direction” following the movement of our chief promoter, chairman and publisher, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). There have been fears that, by the publisher’s action, the newspaper will lose its editorial independence. These fears, we affirm, are quite unfounded.
We have been in the newspaper business for over 13 years, and have remained steadfast to our core values and principles enunciated in our debut edition. We wish to state our position thus: We are non-aligned, non-political, non-religious, non-ethnic, but pan-Nigeria. We are voice of the nation.
We wish to state that this newspaper will continue to reflect the wishes of the Nigerian people. We also wish to state that the publisher has been in business and politics even before the newspaper was founded. And that has not, in any way, altered our editorial policy. We assure our readers that it will not change now that he has moved to the APC.
Indeed, our mission statement when this newspaper debuted on January 18, 2003 says it all: “On every issue, we shall remain on the side of the people. We would carry no religious card, no ethnic card and no political party card. Instead we shall carry the people’s card—the Nigerian card.
“We are no politicians and are custodians of nobody’s political agenda. We are simply and simply professional journalists out to practise our trade in order to generate returns to our key stakeholders—viz, the society, our core investor and the workers.
“We shall fight with the last drop of our blood to defend the cause of national unity, democracy, free enterprise and dearly cherished values of freedom in all its ramifications, justice, equity, brotherhood, peace, progress and the prosperity of our nation.
“To that end, our duty is to hold those in position of public office and trust to the strictest test of probity and accountability and be the scourge of corruption in whatever sphere of our national and private life. We shall fight to afflict those who afflict our people in whatever arena.
“We shall beam our searing and sizzling searchlight on evil, on crime, and on the forces of negativity in our society. And we shall celebrate the positive. We shall celebrate the forces of goodness, the everyday heroes of our society.
“Regardless of everything said about Nigeria, Nigerians are good people. Nigerians are kind people. Nigeria is a good country that can be made even better. It is part of our mission to contribute to making Nigeria a better country that our children and children’s children would be proud of.”
Thirteen years down the line, we stand resolutely by our mission and manifesto. And we are not about to deviate from those values we hold dear, now or in the future. To us, comments are free, while facts remain sacred.
The Nigerian nation is bigger and greater than any politician and the political party in power at any point in time. Our main duty is to defend the nation and not the political parties. Those, who have had the privilege of managing this newspaper, can readily attest to its editorial independence which the publisher has given to the professional journalists. We are most certain that he is not about to deviate from that position. As he has often reiterated, The Sun is a public trust, and belongs to Nigerians, even if he is the proprietor.
To our teeming readers, advertisers and in fact, the reading public, our word and commitment is that: We shall stand on the path of truth, objectivity, fairness and wellbeing of the Nigerian nation. We irrevocably remain committed to these core values that we have been associated with since inception in 2003.