Nigeria attracting positive attention as country that promotes media freedom – Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is attracting positive attention as a country that promotes media freedom.

According to an issued statement at the weekend by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President spoke in the light of Nigeria hosting three international events, scheduled for October and November 2022.

Nigeria will host the 2022 Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) week, organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in October. A global conference on tourism and creative industries, organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, (UNWTO), is scheduled to hold in Lagos in November, while the Global Association of Literary Festivals conference will take place in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, also in November.

Adesina said Buhari is pleased that Nigeria will host the events, adding that it shows the country is gaining positive attention globally.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged full support for three major international events scheduled to hold in Nigeria in October and November this year, saying they are opportunities to showcase the nation’s rich heritage in culture, arts, tourism and entertainment as well as advancements on media freedom”, the statement read in part. The Nigerian leader trusts that the literary world will find many good things to celebrate about Nigeria when they meet in the historic city of Abeokuta, homeland and birthplace of one of Nigeria’s finest literary icons and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka”.

Adesina further said the president is pleased to welcome the international community to the country. He also called on Nigerians to cooperate by providing a welcoming environment through showcasing values “that make us a unique, friendly and peace-loving people”.

Meanwhile, Buhari’s comments on media freedom come amid varied reactions – including backlash – over the recent decision of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to fine some media outfits for airing documentaries on banditry.

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