President Muhammadu Buhari has urged media practitioners to desist from reporting issues capable of destabilizing the country.
Buhari made the call in a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Shehu Garba, titled, “President Buhari urges ‘responsible freedom’ on world press freedom day,” to mark the World Press Freedom Day observed globally every May 3.
He said, “That everything is permitted does not mean that there are no rules of correctness, particularly in a polity seriously challenged as ours now,” President Buhari says.
“The media must be sensitive to what we are going through as a country, and anything that would exacerbate the situation, and further inflame passions and emotions, should be avoided. The media needs to ensure that while informing, educating, entertaining and setting agenda for public discourse, it does not encourage incendiary words and actions that could further hurt our unity in diversity.”
Buhari, who added that licentious freedom is different from freedom with responsibility, charged the Nigerian media to embrace the latter, rather than the former.