The Presidency, yesterday, warned against being dragged into the war of attrition greeting the move by the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Acts.
It spoke following the condemnations by relevant stakeholders of alleged attempt to muzzle the press.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, maintained that the initiative was completely outside the Presidency’s purview, noting that the matter was a government thing, which only the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, could adequately address.
Adesina made the clarification while addressing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
Probed on the issue, he said: “That is not strictly a Presidency thing because the President has nothing to do with that. It’s a government thing and it’s the minister that can talk about it.”
The presidential spokesman also disclosed that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, was studying the ruling of the ECOWAS Court that held that Twitter users cannot be arrested or prosecuted following the suspension of the micro-blogging platform in Nigeria.
He said the AGF would, thereafter, advise the Federal Government on the next step to take.
studying the ruling of the ECOWAS Court that held that Twitter users cannot be arrested or prosecuted following the suspension of the micro-blogging platform
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