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Buhari’s draconian polices put media under siege – Prof. Lai Oso

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A Professor of Mass Communication on the Lagos State College (LASU), Lai Oso, has raised the alarm that, the “draconian insurance policies” of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had positioned the media “beneath a siege.”

Oso mentioned this Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on the seventh Waheed Kadiri Lecture entitled, “The Future Of Journalism And Democracy in Nigeria.”

The lecture was organised by the Nigerian Institute of City Planner (NITP) in honour of a veteran, and former Rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Waheed Kadiri.

In his lecture, Oso lamented that, the way forward for journalism and democracy in Nigeria was being threatened by the “authoritarian model of management” being adopted by President Buhari, slamming him for formulating what he known as the “draconian anti-press freedom” insurance policies geared toward gaging the media.

He additionally regretted that the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) had turn out to be “a prepared device” within the palms of the federal government, thereby imposing fines and different types of sanctions on privately-owned broadcasting stations as if the fee was established to take non-public broadcasting stations out of enterprise.

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He mentioned “It seems the Nigerian mass media is beneath state-imposed siege. With a purpose to seize the media and bend actuality within the path of its most well-liked worldview pursuits and hegemony, the federal government is deploying the devices of the state towards the media and journalists.

“The federal government appears to have gone again to books of authoritarian press management and nationwide curiosity, the Buhari administration and the Nationwide Meeting have tried on many events to enact legislations to muzzle freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

“The suspension of Twitter is a part of this draconian anti-press freedom coverage of the administration.”

Talking, Kadiri mentioned, the lecture was organised to set agenda for growth within the society and to place authorities on its toes.

He urged Nigerians to contribute to nationwide growth, saying “We’re all on this collectively, we should always not at all times push issues to the folks in authorities alone.”

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