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Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, governors of Edo and Lagos states, Godwin Obaseki, and Babajide Sanwo-Olu respectively, as well as Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, yesterday sought freedom of the press in the country.
The calls came on the occasion of celebration of this year’s World Press Freedom Day.
Atiku accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of clamping down on the media and intimidating citizens from expressing their thoughts freely.
He made the allegation in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, @atiku, in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day.
While Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State charged journalists to use the power of the pen to ensure peace, unity and development of the country amid various challenges facing the nation, his counterpart in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, expressed the commitment of his administration not to do anything to abridge press freedom in the state.
Also, Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, commended the doggedness of journalists and stakeholders in the media profession, praying for a better enabling environment for journalists in the country.
ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, also urged the Federal Government to take action to improve poor record on media repression.
While congratulating the Nigerian press on the milestone it had attained over the years, especially in the enthronement of democracy in the country, Atiku urged the media to continue to be the pathfinder in the quest for a more prosperous and progressive nation.