President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday congratulated Dapo Olorunyomi, Co-founder and Publisher of Premium Times, for being named as one of the four awardees for year 2020 International Press Freedom Award, by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Olorunyomi won the CPJ award along with three other journalists from Bangladesh, Iran and Russia.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja said the honour attests to Olorunyomi’s many decades of commitment to the ideals of journalism and freedom of the Press.
According to the statement, “Democracy and a free Press are kindred spirits, and that is what we have committed to as a government. It is, therefore, gratifying to hear of this award to one of our own”.
President Buhari urged Olorunyomi to use the occasion of the award to recommit himself to all that is noble, fair and just in journalism, adding “a responsible media is part of the building blocks of a country”.
He noted that a free and responsible Press remains an abiding commitment of the Nigerian government, urging the media to adhere to the finest tenets of the noble profession at all times.