President Muhammadu Buhari has made an impression on the Nigerian media on the event of World Press Freedom Day, commended each May 3.
Buhari repeated the recognition he stretched out to the Nigerian media in his last two communicates, hailing the great work they have done, are as yet doing even with the Coronavirus pandemic.
The President’s message was conveyed in an announcement marked by his Spokesman, Femi Adesina and made accessible to Newsgist on Saturday.
“We cannot overemphasize the role of the media in keeping people informed and educated on the pernicious virus, which has no friend or foe. It simply seeks to mow down anyone and everyone in its path, and public awareness is very important, lest we become like sitting ducks. The media are doing this quite effectively,”
The President said.
He commended the job the Nigerian media have played so far, and charged them to proceed, “till we get to safe harbour, when the world, and our country are finally free of this greatest health challenge in recent history.”
Pondering the topic of the World Press Freedom Day 2020, ‘Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation,’ President Buhari opined that Nigeria has an unfortunate portion of disinformation, counterfeit news, abhor news, provided by individuals who use media stages, especially the computerized variation.
According to him,
“They don’t mean well for us, and no country can afford to close its eyes to the evil disinformation can cause. In a plural polity like ours, it has the potential to rupture relationships, sow seeds of discord, and set us on the path of destabilisation”.
”When fake and hate news are aided unabashedly, it can only signpost doom. I urge the Press to use the occasion of World Press Freedom Day to see how this can be vigorously tackled.”
With respect to the administration, the President vowed a recommitment to the beliefs of opportunity of the press, noticing that popular government flourishes better in an air of straightforwardness, instead of obscurity, read more news here.
“We welcome the collaboration we have delighted in from the media in handling the Coronavirus, and anticipate the equivalent, post-COVID-19 when all hands must be at hand to fix the harms done to our financial and public activities, “
President Buhari confirmed.