A professor of mass communication at Lagos State University (LASU), Lai Oso, sounded the alarm that the “draconian policies” of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had placed the media “in the dark”. state of siege “.
Oso said Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at the 7th Waheed Kadiri conference titled “The Future of Journalism and Democracy in Nigeria”.
The conference was hosted by the Nigerian Institute of Planners (NITP) in honor of a veteran and former rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Waheed Kadiri.
In his lecture, Oso lamented that the future of journalism and democracy in Nigeria is threatened by the “authoritarian leadership style” adopted by President Buhari, blaming him for formulating what he called policies ” draconian anti-press freedom “aimed at gauging the media.
He also regretted that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had become “a voluntary tool” in the hands of the government, thereby imposing fines and other forms of sanctions on private broadcasting stations as if the commission had been created. to take private broadcasting stations. out of business.
He said: “It seems that the Nigerian media is under siege by the state. In order to capture the media and tilt reality in the direction of its preferred interests and worldview hegemony, the government deploys the instruments of the state against the media and journalists.
“The government appears to have reverted to authoritarian control of the press and national interest books, the Buhari administration and the National Assembly have repeatedly attempted to enact laws to muzzle freedom of speech and freedom of speech. the press.
“The suspension of Twitter is part of the administration’s draconian anti-press freedom policy.”
Speaking, Kadiri said, the conference was organized to establish an agenda for development in society and to put the government on its guard.
He urged Nigerians to contribute to national development, saying: “We are all in the same boat, we should not always push things to government alone.”