Atiku accuses Buhari government of stifling press freedom as Saraki praises journalists
- President Buhari's administration has been accused by Atiku
- The former vice president accused Buhari of suppressing press freedom
- Meanwhile, Bukola Saraki has praised the bravery of Nigerian journalists
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The Buhari administration has been accused of going against press freedom. The allegation was raised by former vice-president Atiku Abubakar .
He alleged that the government of the day is intimidating citizens from expressing their thoughts freely.
Atiku made the allegation in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, @atiku, in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day.
“And just as our experience in Nigeria, especially in the past few years has shown, democracy becomes an immobile concept when press freedom and freedom of expression are trampled upon
“The ability of the media to report stories without fears of clampdown and intimidation and the ability of the people to freely express their thoughts responsibly has come under persistent haemorrhage by the current administration in Nigeria.
“When the voice of the people is repressed in a democracy, the natural tendency is a disconnect between the people and government. In such a situation, good governance is compromised, and the effects of bad governance begin to assume more significant manifestations.”
In another development, former Senate president, Bukola Saraki has called for the empowerment of Nigerian journalists in order to help tell stories that will change the narrative of the country for better.
He disclosed this in a series of tweets posted on his Twitter handle on Monday, May 3.
Meanwhile, Buhari in line with the theme of this year ‘Information as a Public Good", pledged to greater cooperation with the media to discharge its duties.
In this piece, Legit.ng highlights seven important things President Buhari said while celebrating the landmark day with the media:
According to the president, the Nigerian media should embrace licentious freedom.