- The press is free under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari according to Femi Adesina
- The media aide to the president also denied reports that Peoples Gazatte was shot down by the order of the presidency
- However, he accused the news outlet of engaging in lies
Following allegations that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is trying to suppress press freedom, the presidency has claimed otherwise.
This was revealed by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
According to him, this administration will never tamper with the independence of the media, The Nation reports.
He said this in reaction to the shutting down of an online news platform - Peoples Gazatte.
"This government never clamped down on the media, it has never done, and will never do.. This government will never tamper with the independence of the media, and freedom of the press. If any columnist is alleging that, it is within his right.
“Peoples gazette is a paper that lies everyday. It has lied against me, and has lied against several people. So why should we bother ourselves against a platform that is full of lies?”
In another report, the presidency dismissed claims that Buhari violated his own executive regulation on COVID-19 which stipulates a 6-month jail term or fine for defaulters.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that the president did not adhere to the regulation at the All Progressives Congress (APC) membership revalidation exercise in his hometown, Daura, Katsina state on Saturday, January 30.
The party claimed pictures emerged of the president in public, discussing with his party leaders at the event without putting on a nose mask or maintaining social distancing as stipulated by the new law.
Earlier, President Buhari on Wednesday, January 27, signed the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that this was made known in a tweet by the federal ministry of information and culture via its official Twitter handle @FMICNigeria.
The new law makes the use of face masks in public places compulsory and imposes a fine or six-month jail term for anyone convicted for disobeying any COVID-19 guideline.