Chris Steven, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Nigerian journalists to do more of investigative journalism and expose a lot of shoddy dealings in the country.
Speaking during his maiden Presidential media chat, President Buhari who touched on a number of national issues from security to economy, job creation among others remarked that Nigerians value information coming from the media.
He said anything short of investigative journalism is best regarded as sensationalism.
The President who actually was signing off the media chat said ” I hope you are off. Our media must do more of investigative journalism. We cannot take away the fact that Nigerians believe in information coming from the media. Let them do a lot of investigative reporting and dig out facts. Anything outside this can only be sensationalism ” he said.
Speaking on the agitation by pro-Biafra group, President Buhari who said he was worried by the demands of the agitators said his government has done necessarily well to take care of the interest of all groups within the framework of the Constitution.
“If they say they are being marginalized, how are they marginalized? The Minister of State for Petroleum where is he from, CBN Governor is Ibo , Minister of Labor is Ibo, Junior Minister of Education where is he from? And Minister of Science and Technology is Ibo “he said
When told of the excesses of the Department of State Services (DSS) especially in violating fundamental human rights of people in their custody like the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu, he said that the cases against them were too weighty for them to be released on bail and allow them to escape.
He said Nnamdi Kanu possesses two different passports and came to the country without holding any of the passport adding that Kanu is accused of treasonable for importing weapons into the country among others.
On the reduction of price of petrol and removal of fuel subsidy, the President maintained that the international price of the crude oil that government could no longer subsidize it and that the best was to reduce the price for local consumption.
He also said the government did not know the whereabouts of the 219 missing Chibok Secondary school girls but gave assurance that his administration would do all it could to rescue them including unconditional negotiations