President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to correct the lapses of his first term in his last term in office, which begins on May 29.
He was assured when he received the leadership of the Union of Journalists of Nigeria (NUJ) led by the National President, Chris Isiguzo, at the State House, Abuja.
The president, responding to the many questions raised by journalists surrounding insecurity, clumsy quotes and freedom of expression, said he will improve what he has done in the past four years.
According to him, “there will be a change, a positive change”.
Buhari also appreciated the role that journalists play in a democracy, describing them as a unique set of professionals.
Speaking with the correspondents of the House of Representatives about the reason for the visit, Isiguzo said: “Basically, we have come to congratulate the president for his re-election as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and, of course, also to make it clear.” that who is given much, also expected much more.
“He has gone through the first four years, by May 29, he will be done with that and he has been given another mandate to lead Nigeria for another four years, and we also made it clear that some of the main challenges we have had in The last four years, this is an opportunity for you to correct them, especially when it comes to the area of inclusion, which accompanies everyone.
“That is the principle of the spirit of federal character that is enshrined in our constitution; that he has to take people, and of course, we talk about the security problem we have, not only in the northeast, but also in banditry in the northwest; In Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto.
“We challenged him to make sure that the security architecture is updated in order to effectively face these challenges we have. We congratulate him on the fact that, as we speak now, there is no part of the country that is under the control of the insurgents, which is good, unlike when he came on board. But we also told him that it is very important that terrorism be completely eliminated, that it be dealt with effectively and not be technically degraded. We want it to be outside of our national life.
“That’s what we told him, and when we get to you, we call your attention to the fact that the journalism profession has become a challenge for all of us, the problem we’re having from time to time, and of course, the freedom of expression, it seems that it is taking off and we said that if we really are a democratic nation, journalists should have free hands to exercise their trade.
“A situation in which there is repression and harassment does not speak well for Nigeria as a democracy and we told the president.”