We Want To Be Fairly Reported, Buhari Tells Media
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the media to be mindful of fairness, justice, and national interest at all times in the course of its responsibilities.
The President said this in a statement on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day which is observed every May 3.
Although he pledged an unfettered environment for the media to do its work, he noted that the responsibility was reciprocal.
“The media can count on us to keep our words, but we also want to be fairly reported,” President Buhari said. “The media should hold ethics of the noble profession sacrosanct and be wary of those bent on causing disaffection in the country.”
Reflecting on this year’s theme ‘Keeping Power In Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’, the President reaffirmed his 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.
He stressed that a positively critical media was vital to national development, and the growth of the nation’s democracy.
President Buhari warned journalists that a media that cavils would only generate unwarranted tension in a plural society like Nigeria.
He said, “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 a 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 the country prepares for its general elections next year, the President urged journalists to ensure they report the process fairly and without bias, irrespective of who is involved.