Nigeria promises the US to protect press freedom

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Nigeria has reiterated its steadfast commitment to the core values of press freedom, with Minister of Information and National Orientation Mohammed Idris emphasizing the press’s critical role in creating a vibrant democracy and openness in governance.

Idris made this statement during a courtesy visit on Tuesday from David Greene, the US Charge d’Affaires to Nigeria.

Although we support press freedom, we also want to urge the US government to back initiatives to establish best practices in the media, especially fact-checking systems to lessen the spread of false information, fake news, and malicious content, Idris stated.

The Minister also reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to democracy, emphasizing the need for the US, as a major ally, to further support the Tinubu administration’s efforts to reengineer the Nigerian economy on the basis of the Renewed Hope Agenda, which focuses on social inclusion, rule of law, food security, growth, employment creation, and the elimination of poverty.

Idris claims that since then, President Tinubu has made headway in his efforts to draw in foreign investment thanks to his attendance at numerous economic forums and his interactions with influential figures in business and government. These interactions took place during the New Global Financing Pact Summit in Paris, the G20 Summit in India, and the just concluded Saudi-Africa Summit in Riyadh.

“President Tinubu is in Berlin, Germany to attend the G20 Compact with Africa Conference, in furtherance of his determination to retool the Nigerian economy through strategic partnership, as you well know,” Idris told the US envoy.

In response, Greene stated that the United States fully supported Nigeria’s democracy and had long offered continuous training to aid in the country’s media development. He also stated that Nigeria was an important ally in both regional security and economic prosperity.

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