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Call Lai Mohammed to Order before you sanction proposed media amendment bill- NUJ, NGE tell Buhari

The Nigerian Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Guild of Editors have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call his Minister for Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed to order.

According to the statement released by the Secretary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors on Wednesday, Mr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren, said the media leaders found it “extremely hard to agree with the Special Adviser (Media) to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, that the presidency has no hand in the proposed media amendment bills before the National Assembly.

He said: “We insist that the current attempts to criminalise journalism practice in Nigeria will have terrible, huge consequences on our democracy; because an independent press, which the federal government is trying to crush, is one of the indispensable pillars of democracy.

NUJ President, Mr. Chris Isiguzo.

“The media is referred to as Fourth branch of government because it also supports the balance of power in the government. Without a vibrant and independent press, the whole idea of a democracy system of government begins to deteriorate and after a short period the democracy will crumble.”

On his part, the NUJ President, Mr. Chris Isiguzo said, “We expect the president to quickly call his minister and all those behind these obnoxious bills to order. They should withdraw the bills and ensure that relevant stakeholders are engaged properly before thinking of any amendment.”

“Of course, our position is clear. You cannot embark on an amendment that will directly impact us without getting us involved. It’s the same as shaving a man’s head in his absence.

“Denial is not just enough, let the presidency call its officials involved in this anti-people journey to order. By the time, we agree on the most appropriate template, we’ll now restart the process. But for now, the entire process should be stepped down,” Isiguzo said.

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