Report Me Fairly, Buhari Begs Journalists
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the Nigerian media to give him a fair reportage as he carries on the burden of developing the country.
He said while he would provide an unfettered environment for the media practitioners to do their work, they should note that responsibility is reciprocal.
He added that journalists should be mindful of fairness, justice, and national interest at all times.
Buhari said these in a message made available to journalists by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day which is observed on May 3 of every year.
Speaking on this year’s theme, “Keeping Power In Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law,” the President re-affirmed commitment to an atmosphere in which the media is free from harassment or any form of attack in the exercise of the profession, within the ambit of the law.
In the statement, Buhari said "the media should hold ethics of the noble profession sacrosanct, and be wary of those bent on causing disaffection in the country.
“The world is in the throes of animosities generated by fake news and hate speech, often spawned by some media, particularly the digital variant called social media.
“On this World Press Freedom Day, those involved in the negative antics should reflect, and ponder on how some countries have been thrown into tailspin by irresponsible use of the media. We have no other country than Nigeria, and what we make of it is what we get.
“As we approach general elections next year, let our journalists resolve to report the process fairly and without bias, irrespective of who is involved. That would be the very essence of World Press Freedom Day,” the statement reads.WATCH: Buhari has the right to contest again... Nigerians speak