Sanwo-Olu defends freedom of the press

he Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, described freedom of the press as an important part of any civilized democracy, noting that media professionals in Nigeria should have the rights and privileges to do their job without any hindrance.

The Governor said this, according to a statement issued by his Chief Press Officer, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Wednesday during a courtesy visit by the Nigeria Media Merit Award Board headed by its Chairman, Dr. Haroun Adamu, at the Lagos House. Marina.

Sanwo-Olu said, “Freedom of the press is an important part of any civilized democracy. The profession is noble and very sacred. It must also be given the rights and privileges to do its job. People must be able to continue to know that there is someone who would be the voice of the voiceless.

“Media professionals should continue to deploy their skills and intellect to control those in authority, speak truth to power, and use their training and intellect to direct leaders to ensure that we are not in a banana republic.

“I consider the media profession as one of the true engines of growth.

In his remarks, Adamu noted that the choice of Lagos to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the awards in November was not accidental, adding that Lagos is the birthplace of Nigeria’s struggle for press freedom from which all other freedoms emanate. .

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