President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerian journalists for the good work they have been doing towards eliminating COVID-19
The president made the commendation in his message to Nigerian journalist on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated every May 3,
In a statement signed by the special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said President Muhammadu Buhari reiterates the commendation he extended to the Nigerian media in his last two broadcasts to the country, applauding the good work they have done, and are still doing, as the nation confronts the unseen enemy called COVID-19.
The president said the present administration 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
He applauds the role the Nigerian media have played thus far, and charges that they continue, till they get to safe harbour, when the world, and Nigeria are finally free of this greatest health challenge in recent history.
Reflecting on the theme of World Press Freedom Day 2020, ‘Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation,’ President Buhari opines that Nigeria has a very unhealthy dose of disinformation, fake news, hate news, purveyed by people who use media platforms, particularly the digital variant.
According to him, They don’t mean well the country and no country can afford to close its eyes to the evil disinformation can cause.
On the part of government, the President pledges a recommitment to the ideals of freedom of the press, noting that democracy thrives better in an atmosphere of transparency, as opposed to opacity.
President Buhari stated that they appreciate the cooperation they have enjoyed from the media in tackling the Coronavirus, and look forward to same, post COVID-19, when all hands must be on deck to repair the damages done to the countries economic and social lives.