A Professor of Mass Communication at the Lagos State University (LASU), Lai Oso, has raised the alarm that, the “draconian policies” of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had placed the media “under a siege.”
Oso said this Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at the 7th Waheed Kadiri Lecture entitled, “The Future Of Journalism And Democracy in Nigeria.”
The lecture was organised by the Nigerian Institute of Town Planner (NITP) in honour of a veteran, and former Rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Waheed Kadiri.
In his lecture, Oso lamented that, the future of journalism and democracy in Nigeria was being threatened by the “authoritarian style of leadership” being adopted by President Buhari, slamming him for formulating what he called the “draconian anti-press freedom” policies aimed at gaging the media.
He also regretted that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had become “a willing tool” in the hands of the government, thereby imposing fines and other forms of sanctions on privately-owned broadcasting stations as if the commission was established to take private broadcasting stations out of business.
He said “It appears the Nigerian mass media is under state-imposed siege. In order to capture the media and bend reality in the direction of its preferred worldview interests and hegemony, the government is deploying the instruments of the state against the media and journalists.
“The government seems to have gone back to books of authoritarian press control and national interest, the Buhari administration and the National Assembly have tried on many occasions to enact legislations to muzzle freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
“The suspension of Twitter is part of this draconian anti-press freedom policy of the administration.”
Speaking, Kadiri said, the lecture was organised to set agenda for development in the society and to put government on its toes.
He urged Nigerians to contribute to national development, saying “We are all in this together, we should not always push things to the people in government alone.”
Insecurity: Anglican Bishop identifies major cause of kidnapping, banditry
Rt. Rev. Christian Onyia, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Nike in Enugu State has proffered major solutions to kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria.
Onyia said Nigeria had witnessed an increase in kidnapping and banditry due to inequity, injustice, poverty, lack of education and lack of employment opportunities.
He said the issues of kidnapping and banditry would be a thing of the past if the issues identified were dealt with.
The cleric spoke on Saturday while reading his Bishop Charge at the Third Session of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese held at St. Peters Anglican Church, Thinkers Corner, Enugu.
According to Onyia: “Inequity, injustice, poverty, lack of education and lack of opportunities for employment are major drivers of insecurity in the country.
“If these problems are addressed, the recruitment of young people by groups of bandits will be limited.”
Onyia said the continuous activities of kidnappers and bandits were portraying Nigeria as unsafe.
He stressed that the with the current level of kidnapping and banditry, it “seems the Federal and state governments are not doing enough to tackle them”.
Austin Agada emerges APC chairman in Benue
Austin Agada has emerged chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State.
He emerged winner on Saturday during the elective congress of the party held in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Agada, a native of Owukpa, in Ogbadibo LGA, polled 1,000 votes to clinch the position ahead of his rival, Barr. Omale Omale, from Apa, who garnered 27 votes.
There were five invalid votes.
Reacting to his victory, Agada urged those who contested for the seat to join hands with him to move the party forward.
He thanked the leadership of the party for the trust and confidence reposed in him.
He declared that “it is time to work.”
His words, “This is indeed a victory for all. Elections are over and it is time to work.
“I enjoin those who contested and lost to join hands with me so we can build a formidable party ahead of 2023 elections.
“I thank the leadership of our great party across the 23 LGAs for the massive support. I won’t let them down.”
Medical trip: What my Aso Rock sources told me about Buhari – Reno Omokri
Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has claimed that some sources within Aso Rock revealed to him that President Muhammadu Buhari is set to embark on another medical trip to London, United Kingdom.
The socio-political activist who made the claim via a post on his verified Facebook page on Saturday night, warned the President to shelve the plan, stressing that he (Buhari) will be harassed as usual.
DAILY POST recalls that the former media aide to Nigerian ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan had during Buhari’s recent medical trip to London, stormed the Abuja House with other activists to harass the President back to Nigeria.
Omokri had constantly argued that President Buhari’s inability to fix public health facilities was responsible for his incessant trip to London for medical attention.
In the Facebook post, Omokri vowed that if the President peradventure fails to heed to his warning, there would be mega protest in London.
… reads, “I understand from my sources within Aso Rock that General Buhari is planning another London health vacation.
“My counsel to him is that he should perish the thought.
“The last time he tried it, we surrounded his premises during Harass Buhari Out of London. I only made a judgment call to temporarily suspend the action because of Ramadan and my respect for the Muslim Ummah.
“However, if he tries it this time around, we will give him the mother of all Harass Buhari out of London rally. If you want healthcare, build hospitals for yourself and Nigerians.
“No Faniwater old, decrepit, overused Nokia 3310 that anybody with small change can insert his SIM card in can distract me”.
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