The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has insisted he will not associate himself with any bill that seeks to gag media practitioners.
Gbajabiamila stated this on Monday at an award ceremony tagged “Recognising Good Governance and Legislative Excellence in the Face of Adversity” in Abuja.
“I will not be part of any bill that will seek to gag the press, no bill will come to the floor of the house that seeks to gag the press because the press is supposed to be the voice of the people.
“However, there is press freedom and there is freedom of expression; it is important for Nigerians to listen to one another and understand each other so that we can make progress as a nation.
“There is nowhere in the world where freedom of expression in absolute, freedom of expression is limited to the extent that it does not affect another person’s freedom.
“That is made abundantly clear in the Constitution itself. If you go to section 45, it states the freedom of expression you have is limited for sake of security, it is written in black and white.
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Gbajabiamila, however, said he was worried because whenever the National Assembly tried to make laws with the best of intentions, everybody descended on the parliament even without asking questions.
The speaker said he had directed proponent of the Press Council Bill to engage stakeholders and resolve grey areas, but the report he got was that they wanted the bill thrown out completely.
He said NGOs, religious bodies, social media and professors in the universities did not want to be regulated, saying that everybody just wanted to have a free range.
Gbajabiamila said that people wanted good governance, but do not want to be regulated, stressing that regulation was a key component of good governance.
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Actor Yomi Fabiyi has continued to piss Nigerians off on social media especially with his latest rant where he shaded Kolawole Ajeyemi, his colleague and husband of Toyin Abraham.
"We have gone through covid-19 and now going through yomi. Lord heal our land from this pandemic called yomi" one Sisi Ajayi wrote on Instagram.
"It is high time this Yomi guy is forced to see a Psychiatrist, he is obviously not sane anymore" one Emmanuel wrote.
Kemi Filani recalls that Yomi Fabiyi on Sunday threw shades at Toyin Abraham’s husband, Kola Ajeyemi for criticizing his controversial new movie, ‘Oko Iyabo’.
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Henceforth all the public and civil servants in Osun state must now wear Adire to work every Thursday as instructed in a new directive by the Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola.
The governor, who launched mass production, promotion, and marketing of Adire Osun, also declared every Thursday of the week ‘Adire Osun Day’.
This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ismail Omipidan, titled, ‘Osun Int’l Fashion Week: Oyetola launches mass production of Adire Osun …declares every Thursday Adire Osun Day’.
Oyetola said Adire is indigenous to Osun and that it is not for nothing that Osogbo, the State capital, is referred to as ‘Ilu Aro’ (Home of dye).
he explained that the...
The legal team of the Ndigbo Group, Ohanaeze, on Monday met with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The meeting was to monitor the proceedings relating to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Office of the AGF, Jibrilu Gwandu.
“The group showed a mature departure from the mindset of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra when Ohanaeze said they ‘do not support the use of any form of violence’ while channelling concerns and presenting demands.
“By urging the youths to be law-abiding and sheath their sword as well as asking them to try...