“The media should hold ethics of the noble profession sacrosanct , and be wary of those bent on causing disaffection in the country, ” Buhari said .
Stressing that a progressively critical media is vital to national development , and the growth of the nation’s democracy , the President said the irresponsible use of the media will only generate unwarranted tension in a plural society like ours .
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 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 .”
The President also called for carefulness among journalists as the nation approaches an important General elections next year.
He urged them to be fair to all , irrespective of who is involved. “As we approach general elections next year , let our journalists resolve to report the process fairly and without bias , irrespective of who is involved . That would be the very essence of World Press Freedom
Day, ” the President said