President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the nation on April 28, 2020,
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday lauded the Nigerian media for its efforts in maintaining individuals knowledgeable and educated amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The President’s remark was contained in a press release launched by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, on the event of World Press Freedom Day, which is well known each Could three.
“We cannot overemphasize the role of the media in keeping people informed and educated on the pernicious virus, which has no friend or foe,” the President was quoted as saying within the assertion.
“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.”
He charged the media additional to proceed its good work, “till we get to safe harbour, when the world, and our country are finally free of this greatest health challenge in recent history.”
Adesina’s assertion additionally revealed that the President mirrored on the World Press Freedom Day 2020 theme: ‘Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.’
Nigeria, the President believes, has a really unhealthy dose of disinformation, faux information, hate information, purveyed by individuals who use media platforms, notably the digital variant.
“They don’t mean well for us, and no country can afford to close its eyes to the evil disinformation can cause,” the President stated.
“In a plural polity like ours, it has the potential to rupture relationships, sow seeds of discord, and set on the trail of destabilisation.
“When faux and hate information are added unabashedly, it may solely signpost doom.
“I urge the Press to make use of the event of World Press Freedom Day to see how this may be vigorously tackled.”
In the meantime, President Buhari pledged a re-commitment to the beliefs of freedom of the press, noting that democracy thrives higher in an environment of transparency, versus opacity.
“We admire the cooperation we have now loved from the media in tackling the coronavirus, and look ahead to identical, put up COVID-19, when all fingers should be on deck to restore the damages executed to our financial and social lives,“ he stated.