Onitiri accuses FG of muzzling freedom of speech
A socio-political critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri has accused the Federal Government of deliberately muzzling freedom of speech and information through the reviewed Broadcast Regulation Code.
He also decried what he called desecration of democracy, especially the scenario playing out in Edo State, the wanton killings in Southern Kaduna, and the clamping down on the press, saying the development will not allow democracy to thrive.
In a statement, yesterday, Onitiri said the federal and state governments should be concerned about delivering dividends of democracy to the people, not dishing out anti-people policies.
“It is rather very sad to observe that with over 21 years of uninterrupted democratic dispensation, Nigerians living standards diminish everyday.
“Democratic benefits still elude our people and they continue to suffer from government policies that are against their interests.
Just recently, this government tried to introduce laws against freedom of speech, in the name of hate speech, imposing N5m fine on a broadcasting station. This calls for concern, as it poses a threat to the country’s democracy,” Onitiri said.
He suggested that government should provide basic infrastructure that will generate employment opportunities and conducive environment for industries to thrive.
“There is total lack of security of life and property. Many innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered like chicken on daily basis with our security forces over stretched. Our elections are not free, fair and credible. Violence and rigging now characterised our elections. Government must live to its social responsibilities and remedy these situations,” he noted.
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