President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the media in the country to make extra effort to report factual and reliable information and to 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, yesterday, President Buhari, in a statement by his senior special assistant on media, Garba Shehu, said facts must form the basis of all news reports.
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 of news and programming in Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin.
The BBC team explained its plans for the coverage of the upcoming elections in the country, including state governorship debates.
The team also spoke about the elaborate deployment of correspondents in the states for elections as well the just concluded conference sponsored by the broadcasting organisation to tackle the growing menace of fake news.
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