THE Presidency has denied having hands in the anti-media bills before the National Assembly, which some senior journalists and members of the House of Representatives kicked against, Wednesday.
One of the bills is the Nigeria Press Council, NPC, Amendment Bill seeking control of the Nigerian media by the Federal Ministry of Information.
The piece of legislation, currently before the House of Representatives, sponsored by chairman, House Committee on Information, Segun Odebunmi (PDP, Oyo State), has also generated a lot of opposition from civil society.
We’ve no hand in anti-media bills – Presidency
The Presidency said it has no hand in the proposed anti-media legislation.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the First Lady’s Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, said the initiative is a government thing that only the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, could address.
Asked to comment 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 said that the Attorney-General of the Federation is studying the ruling of the ECOWAS Court to the effect that Twitter users cannot be arrested or prosecuted, following suspension of the activities of the micro-blogging site in the country.
He said the AGF will advise the Federal Government on the next steps to take.
Adesina affirmed that the committee made up of ministers to engage with Twitter had begun to meet.
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