The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has condemned the recent attack on some Media houses, in Lagos State, by angry and oppressed Lagosians, after the ordered shooting of peaceful
EndSARS protesters on Tuesday night, October 20, at Lekki toll gate, in Lagos,
Lai Mohammed who spoke in Lagos, on Saturday, when he paid a visit to the Media organisations that were attacked, said that any attack on Media houses, is an affront on democracy in the country.
His words: “Whoever attacks free Press is also attacking democracy, because there can be no democracy without a robust and vibrant free Press.
“That is why this attack must be condemned without any reservation. Closely, those who came here, came with a purpose. It was to shutdown the voice of reasoning.
He also reiterated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government to regulating the social media, stressing that, the move is to protect the rights of other Nigerians.
The Minister noted that he was not going back on his earlier assertion that the government would control the Media.
He noted: “A few people will say look at the Minister, who just few days ago was speaking about regulating the social media. What kind of double speech? He is coming here again to talk about protecting the Media.
“Of course, I do not see any contradictions in those positions. Yes, we would protect the free Press; we would protect democracy, and the rights of other Nigerians to express themselves. At the same time, we must protect the rights of others.”
Recall, that the Media houses destroyed in Lagos, were Television Continental, TVC, and The Nation Newspaper, which both belong to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, who many Lagosians and Nigerians believed was responsible for ordering the shooting of the peaceful EndSARS protesters at Lekki
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