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Buhari Rejoices With The Media On World Press Freedom Day

President Muhammadu Buhari on World Press Freedom Day, observed every year on May 3, rejoiced with the Nigerian media, affirming that he recognizes their role in strengthening democracy in spite of the numerous challenges they face especially in recent times.

According to a press statement issued by the presidency to mark the occasion:

“The President saluted the courage and determination of those who daily go the extra time, sometimes at great personal risks, to keep the society well informed

“In fostering the pursuit of journalism in the country, President Buhari reiterates the Nigerian government’s commitment to freedom of the press, pledging to continue ensuring the protection of the rights and privileges of journalists in the lawful performance of their professional duties. 

“He charges the Nigerian Press to use World Press Freedom Day to reflect on the need to embrace the best professional standards and practices, especially in the build-up to the forthcoming general elections. 
“He notes that the free performance of media roles and responsibilities during the electoral process is as important as the sanctity and will of Nigerians, expressed through the ballot box. 

“With the elections in sight, the President urges the media to be mindful of sponsored political news or publications capable of inciting hatred, division, violence, and chaos in the country, while also ensuring that the electoral umpire and other stakeholders play their roles in delivering free, fair, credible and transparent elections to Nigerians…

“We must stay united in supporting media professionals who work hard to de-escalate violent conflict and promote peaceful societies without compromising the responsibility to report…

“The President says the Federal Government is working hard to support media organizations in Nigeria through provision of better internet access to underserved communities, and achieve 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030. 

“On behalf of Nigerians, President Buhari thanks members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm whose diligent work help in guaranteeing peace, stability, and progress in the country.”

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