Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Monday accused the regime of the President, Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of allegedly clamping down on the media and intimidating residents from expressing their ideas freely.
Atiku made the allegation in a sequence of tweets on his Twitter deal with, @atiku, in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day.
He famous that when the folks’s voice is repressed in a democracy, it might result in disconnection between them and the federal government.
The previous Vice President mentioned in a scenario like that, good governance is compromised, and the results of unhealthy governance start to imagine extra vital manifestations.
Atiku wrote, “The celebration of World Press Freedom Day suggests a twin notion of an unbiased media and freedom of expression, which is enshrined as a elementary human proper.
“These two notions have been acknowledged to be indispensable within the working of democracy. A democracy with out press freedom is like having fanciful equipment with out an vitality supply to energy it.
“And simply as our expertise in Nigeria, particularly prior to now few years has proven, democracy turns into an motionless idea when press freedom and freedom of expression are trampled upon.
“The flexibility of the media to report tales with out fears of clampdown and intimidation and the flexibility of the folks to freely specific their ideas responsibly has come underneath persistent haemorrhage by the present administration in Nigeria.
“When the voice of the folks is repressed in a democracy, the pure tendency is a disconnect between the folks and authorities. In such a scenario, good governance is compromised, and the results of unhealthy governance start to imagine extra vital manifestations.”
Whereas congratulating the Nigerian press on the milestone it had attained over time, particularly within the enthronement of democracy within the nation, Atiku urged the media to proceed to be the pathfinder within the quest for a extra affluent and progressive nation.