Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, congratulated all practitioners in the media across the country and the world for their invaluable service to humanity as they celebrate the World Press Freedom Day.
Saraki, in a statement signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also hailed all Nigerians on the occasion and said that the freedom of the press also connotes the freedom of individuals to partake in the governance of the country, discuss issues and freely give expression to their dreams and aspiration within the ambience of the law.
He noted that the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day is another indication of the prime place the media occupy in the society “because it is not all professions that have a day set aside internationally to celebrate their contributions to society.”
The Senate President said that to further underscore the importance of the press in nation building, “our Constitution granted some responsibilities and specific freedom to the press in Sections 22 and 39.
“This special Constitutional and institutional recognitions bestow on the press a sacred duty and responsibility to be fair to all, to adhere to truth and to consciously work for the unity, progress and development of their immediate and larger communities”, he stated.