Nigeria, according to President Muhammadu Buhari, is gaining positive attention as a nation that supports media freedom.
This was disclosed in a statement released on Sunday, August 7, 2022.
The president’s spokesperson Femi Adesina said that Buhari made his remarks; particularly in light of Nigeria’s upcoming hosting of three international events in October and November 2022.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will organise the 2022 Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week in Nigeria in October.
Further, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has scheduled a global conference on tourism and creative industries for November; which is billed to hold in Lagos; while the Global Association of Literary Festivals conference is slated for November in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun.
Adesina said Buhari is pleased that Nigeria will host the events; adding that it shows the country is gaining positive attention globally.
“…Buhari has pledged full support for three major international events scheduled to hold in Nigeria in October and November; saying they are opportunities to showcase the nation’s rich heritage in culture, arts, tourism, and entertainment; as well as advancements in media freedom,” the statement reads.
“Welcoming the decision by UNESCO, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO); as well as the Global Association of Literary Festivals to grant Nigeria the right to host these separate historic events; the President assures all relevant stakeholders and participants of the warmth and hospitality of the people of Nigeria.
“On MIL Week, President Buhari notes that it is instructive that Nigeria is attracting positive international attention as a country that promotes media freedom and freedom of expression, recognising the important roles information literacy and media education play in sustainable development.
“On the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry; the President says the rapid growth of Nigeria’s film, fashion, music, and ICT sector, and the increase in international appeal and acceptance would continue to spur the government to devote more resources to the sector.
“The $100 million re-development of the National Theatre, Lagos, into a world-class Creative Park, is also ongoing, following the handover of the facility to CBN and the Bankers Committee.
“The Nigerian leader trusts that the literary world will find many good things to celebrate about Nigeria when they meet in the historic city of Abeokuta, homeland, and birthplace of one of Nigeria’s finest literary icons and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.”
Adesina said the president is pleased to welcome the international community to the country.
He also called on Nigerians to cooperate by providing a welcoming environment through showcasing values “that make us a unique, friendly and peace-loving people”.