Immediate past President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said media should be strengthened to tell the powerful stories that will keep Nigerian leaders institutions accountable and foster peace and unity.
This contained in a statement signed on Monday in commemoration of #WorldPressFreedomDay 2021.
According to him, the media are critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project. During our colonial rule the press led the fight for our independence. During our military rule, the media led the fight to return to democracy.
“Now, as we work to build our nation’s democracy, the press has been the foremost instrument for fighting for equity, justice, unity and the development of Nigeria.
“This is why, as we commemorate #WorldPressFreedomDay today, I join leaders across the world to acknowledge the power of “Information as a Public Good.”
“As we observe this day, it is my hope that we will continue to strengthen the media, which is the fourth estate of the realm in our democracy.
“We must empower our journalists to tell the powerful stories that will aid our overall collective development; keep our leaders and institutions accountable; foster peace and unity; as well as inspire a sense of patriotic duty amongst the citizenry, he concluded.