Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state has felicitated with Nigerian journalists as they celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
Fintiri in a statement signed by his Director General media, Kumangar Solomon in Yola on Sunday said that May 3 was set aside every year to remind governments around the world of their obligation to facilitate and respect press freedom.
He said the commemoration of the day was also to remind journalists of the need to respect the ethics of their profession.
Fintiri said he was proud that Nigeria had a vibrant media that had always resolutely defended freedom of speech.
Fintiri said that freedom of the press enables journalists to effectively discharge their roles as the watchdog of the society and Fourth Estate of the Realm.
“I also celebrate the Nigerian journalists for the invaluable contributions and sacrifices that they have made throughout our national history to nation-building and entrenchment of democracy.
“I pay tribute to the patriots who have lost their lives inthe line of duty and pray that their death will not be in vain.
“The Adamawa state will never pass any law that inhibits the freedom of the press but rather work with the media to further enhance the practice of the profession.