Nigeria Press freedom not an issue under President GoodluckJonathan

Nigeria Press freedom not an issue under President GoodluckJonathan

Rogues and panic have bombarded Nigeria, the Giant of Africa, as from some decades now that the present administration came to power. This has truly made Nigerians skeptical and complaining of the news they hear everyday as violence take over the Northern part of Nigeria, where the group Boko Harram who claimed to be an Islamist terrorists killed people and set the congregation of the sons of God afire, bombing the houses of God where services are going on, in which resulted to death of many lives . This has terribly weakening Nigeria’s government without any solution to be detected.

In opposite to the innuendo that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is counteracting and extinguishing the media, the presidency has disregarded the gainsay, claiming that journalists in Nigeria are free to practice their profession amicably

The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said this Friday while speaking to the survey of the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, which rated Nigeria as the most treacherous area in Africa, after Somalia, for journalists.

According to him, the president has showed determination, capacity and sincerity in securing Nigerians lives and properties, describing as cordial, the relationship between the incumbent administration and the media.

He declared that Nigeria as the Federal Government was committed to support the right and the freedom of the press in the country and there is no media suppression in the country.

In his words, “I read that report (about the CJP rating). The report is not dealing with government and media relations. It is referring to journalists caught in the crossfire of the Boko Haram activities in the north, and it is in protest to the security challenges in the northern part of the country. This cannot be a true reflection of the circumstances of journalists in the country.

“Even in places where there is violence, journalists are practicing with freedom. In reality, journalists in Nigeria are free to practice their profession. The relationship between government and the media is cordial. It was this administration that signed the Freedom of Information bill into law and this has also further expanded the scope of human freedom on all fronts.

“Even in the northern part of the country where there are security challenges, this government has shown determination, capacity and sincerity in ensuring the protection of lives and property to all categories of Nigerians.

“Nigerians must beware of reports of this nature, which promotes sensationalism, rather than the truth. Press freedom is certainly not an issue in Nigeria under this administration. There is no media repression in Nigeria. This government is committed to the promotion of the right to freedom of expression and of the press,” he added.

This is to show that the government of Nigeria still maintain the constitution governing Nigeria as the rumour was totally denied. Nigeria can still witness peaceful country as the Federal Government has showed demonstration of good leaderships in their words, by totally declared the right and the freedom of expression in the press.

Written By: David Isoje
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