Ahead of the much anticipated 2015 general elections, President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to the media to exercise its freedom with responsibility to Nigerians and rise to the defence of democracy. He urged the media to exercise the freedom it presently enjoys with utmost responsibility to the nation, noting that the media remained a critical factor in the success or otherwise of the 2015 election.
The President who made the appeal through Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said in spite of the challenges, democracy in the past 14 years had served Nigerians better than the decades of military rule.
“I am appealing to the media; this democracy we are seeing is far better than the military regimes that we have had. My challenge to practitioners is to present our country in a positive way; let us defend this country and the democracy we currently enjoy.
“Nigeria can only be fixed by the people of Nigeria, that is why I am particularly appealing to the media to project our country in their reports,’’ he said.
Jonathan added that in spite of the challenges in the country, Nigeria had done significantly well both at home and in the continent.