President Muhammadu Buhari has thanked the media for its immense contribution to the sustenance of democracy in the country.
The Nigerian leader expressed his appreciation via a nationwide broadcast to mark the 2020 Democracy Day.
He described the media as a very important sector that cannot be ignored in nation building.
“I convey our deep appreciation to members of the Press for your doggedness in the struggle for attainment of democracy since the beginning of our nation.
“I must admit that the relationship between the media and successive governments has not always been perfect. But there is no denying the fact that you have been an effective watchdog for the society especially in holding public officers to account. It is sad that in the course of securing our democracy, some of your colleagues have had to pay a heavy price,” he said.
The President noted that his administration will continue to guarantee freedom of the Press due to the high premium it places on responsible Journalism.
“We will continue to guarantee freedom of the Press as we place high premium on responsible journalism that is devoid of hate speech, fake news and other unethical professional conduct,” he said.
He however frowned at those who use the media to propagate hate speech, fake news and other unethical conducts.
Similarly, he commended the legislature for giving the needed cooperation, as government works hard to deliver more democratic dividends to its citizens.
“This administration is focused on ensuring that Nigeria would always be governed by the Rule of Law and I would do my utmost to uphold the constitution and protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.
“Government has initiated a number of policies and programmes designed to promote the legal rights of Nigerians, facilitate the institutionalization of a responsive legal system, provide support to all constituted bodies in implementing their mandates and improve our custodial system of justice,” he said.
President Buhari said the National Assembly has been an important partner in the nation’s quest to sustain democracy and achieve its development objectives.
Source: Voice of Nigeria