From Sola Ojo, Kaduna
Senator who represented Kaduna Central in the eighth assembly, Shehu Sani on Friday cautioned the National Assembly to distance itself from the amendment of the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Acts in the interest of the country.
To Sani, any amendment capable of incapacitating, hinder or inhibit the ability and the capacity of the media to defend Nigerians’ freedom, democracy and hold power to account would be suicidal to the country’s political stability and future.
The human right activist turned politician in a strong-worded seven points statement he signed and made available to the media in Kaduna, cautioned that those currently in power should not quick to build a cage for themselves when they are out of power.
According to him, “the National Assembly must not build a monster that will consume our democracy and the institution they represent by amending Acts of the NPC and NBC and introducing seeds of tyranny.
“Any amendment that incapacitates or hinder or inhibits the ability and the capacity of the media to defend our freedom and democracy and hold power to account will be suicidal to our country’s political stability and future.
“The National Assembly must not be used as middlemen of autocracy. The gavel must not be used to suffocate the right to freedom of speech and the press.