President Muhammadu Buhari has again restated his commitment to the democratic principles of press freedom, assuring journalists of safety as they discharge their constitutionally assigned roles.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Femi Adesina and made available to National Mirror yesterday.
Congratulating the new President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Abdulwaheed Odusile, on his election victory, Buhari urged journalists to join him in the task of nationbuilding.
“President Buhari believes that with his worthy credentials, long experience and antecedents as a highly respected and reputable professional, Odusile can be expected to discharge his new responsibility of leading the NUJ to greater heights of accomplishment with distinction,” the statement added.
The president also assured Odusile and the newly elected executive officers of the NUJ of the fullest support and cooperation of the Federal Government as they move to reposition and revitalise the journalism profession in Nigeria for present and future challenges, including the revolutionary impact of new technologies on communications and information dissemination.
“President Buhari further assures the new NUJ President and all journalists in Nigeria that his administration will consistently uphold their right to perform their constitutionally assigned role in the society without hindrance,” he said.
The statement said President Buhari looks forward to work in a harmonious partnership with Odusile, the new NUJ executive and media practitioners in Nigeria as the Federal Government strives to end the scourge of Boko Haram, improve national security, rebuild and expand national infrastructure, accelerate the pace of economic development across the country and create more employment opportunities for Nigerian youth.