The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has hailed Nigerian investigative journalist David Hundeyin.
Atiku and Hundeyin are on the same page on the claim that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had submitted fake school documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the election.
Before the election, the journalist had maintained that Tinubu was not qualified to run for the office of the country’s number one citizen.
Atiku heaped praise on Hundeyin, Nigerian journalists and youths during his world press conference held in Abuja on Thursday for putting the country far above anything else.
“Former American President Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘If I had to choose between government without newspapers and newspapers without government, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose the latter,” he said.
“From exposing the Watergate scandal and unravelling the dubious certificates of politicians, journalists have maintained eternal vigilance by bridging the gap and stepping in when other arms of government failed.
“It is for these reasons that commendation must be given to David Hundeyin, an independent journalist whose extraordinary work and those of many more young people like him have become a source of inspiration.
“Special thanks must be given to the millions of Nigerian youths and citizen journalists too who continue to put out the truth online even when no one is listening. Indeed, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
“They have put the country first in their firm commitment to unravel the truth and hold leaders accountable.
“This gives me the hope that we have worthy partners in the struggle to reclaim the country we call home.”
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