Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally decided to defend Press Freedom and Free Speech, both of which have come under violent attack under the authoritarian rule of former military dictator, General Muhammadu Buhari, who now serve as the country’s President.
In The Atlantic Post Opinion Section, Ogbu Alexander writes: “Until the press galvanizes itself to reclaim the Media industry and begin to train practitioners in the act of investigative journalism, the society will remain at the mercy of different shades of politicians.”
The latest in the series of dictatorial and unconstitutional destructions to Nigeria’s nascent democratic culture and institutions by the Buhari’s administration is the Nigeria media, his traditional nemesis.
Security agencies in Nigeria have given assurances to the Nigerian mediamen that they would maintain a balance between openness and national security.
They have, however, called on the nation’s media owners and practitioners to walk the fine balance between openness on one hand and national security on the other.
The Security operatives have raised the alarm of plans by some groups to disrupt the processes leading to the 2019 elections.
The evil plan, according to security, was for the groups to create a stalemate.
They warned the media against the activities of some unregistered groups that had lately been active in trying to undermine critical institutions such the law-enforcement agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).