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Pres. Buhari Urges Media To Report Reliable Information

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday called on the media in the country to make an extra effort to report actual and reliable information and avoid fake news stories.

 

Speaking during a courtesy call by Jamie Angus, the Executive Director of the BBC World Service at the State House in Abuja, President Buhari said facts must form the basis of all news reports. He also congratulated the BBC for the high reputation they earned through difficult times, such as the period of the Nigerian civil war.

 

The President noted that by devoting time and resources to research into their stories before going public with them, “the BBC has earned a reputation for being an impartial news medium that is relied upon by the people for correct information about events and happenings.”

 

He commended their sacrifices in conveying news and information to the vast communities in Hausa across the Sahel region, and their recent commencement of broadcasts, from Nigeria, of news and programming in Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin.

 

The BBC team detailed their plans for coverage of the upcoming elections in the country, including state gubernatorial debates. They  will deploy correspondents in the states for elections, they also spoke about the just concluded conference sponsored by the broadcasting organisation to tackle the growing menace of fake news.

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