From Emmanuel Iyoho
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, has acknowledged the contributions of judiciary correspondents to nation-building, saying it is high time media literacy be enhanced for Nigerians to appreciate fact-checking and verification of information.
Malami, who stated this recently while delivering his keynote address at a conference in Abuja, called on journalists to refrain from fake news, defamation, sedition, hate speech, blasphemy and incitements of inflammatory statements in their reportage.
The minister said he was still the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice refuting a media report that he had resigned from his position.
“Many who relied on some unprofessional information disseminators will be taken aback that the Malami that was claimed to have resigned as attorney general of the federation and minister of justice was still seen in office discharging his functions including attending the Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday, granting interviews to journalists and still today declaring this conference open as the attorney general of the federation.”
He commended the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents for organizing the conference, saying organizing the conference is a clear indication of working towards making positive impression and impact in democratic process and nation-building.
“I am not unaware that members of the Judiciary Correspondents have been contributing tremendously in nation-building through their constant reportage of the activities of the Federal Ministry of Justice and other stakeholders in justice dispensation in the country.
Judiciary correspondents report the activities and happenings in the justice sector to the general public. The enviable contributions of the teeming members of the justice sector and particularly the Federal Ministry Justice are known through you.
“I must express my appreciation to you for your reports culminate into the positive portrayals of the landslide and laudable accomplishments of the Federal Ministry of Justice, justice sector in general and by extension the Federal Government.”
He disclosed that the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice looked forward to receiving the recommendations of the conference in order to key into factors brought forward in enhancing vertical and horizontal integration in the process of making people-oriented policies in the country.
The theme of the conference which tagged, The Judiciary and the 2023 General Elections: The Way Forward, serves as anavenue for introspection and unveiling action plans, future projects and strategic initiatives for consolidating the crucial role of the media, judiciary and electoral system in the country for the forthcoming year and beyond.
Pioneer Judiciary reports that the conference as organized by the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents (NAJUCS) serves as part of activities aimed at skill enhancement to facilitate effective discharge of responsibilities as journalists and important members of the society.