The #president-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu #Buhari, has come under increasing scrutiny and criticism following the #ban he imposed on the African Independent Television, #AIT, from covering his activities.
Leading the way in criticising the actions of the president-elect was the main opposition party in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party, #PDP, yesterday, who described his banning of AIT from covering his activities, as unacceptable and #totalitarian.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, #Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP noted that as a #converted democrat, Buhari should make himself amenable to the basic principles of #democracy by following due process and seeking redress in court, if not comfortable with any action taken against him.
#Metuh said: “We ask, is this a beginning of the feared erosion of the freedom and personal liberty the #media and Nigerian citizens have been enjoying in the last 16 years under PDP led-administration?
“Perhaps, we need to remind General Buhari that part of the challenge of his new position, even as President-elect is that he has lost his private life which is now subject to public scrutiny and media interrogation, as required of the custodian of the mandate of the Nigerian people.
“We had thought that having declared to be a converted #democrat, he would make himself amenable to the basic principles of democracy by following due process of the law on any circumstance.”
The PDP equally asked #APC and the President-elect to learn one or two lessons from President Goodluck Jonathan, who though was the most maligned and abused President in the history of the country, even by APC, allowed his actions to be sufficiently guided by humility, tolerance and the rule of law.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, overruled the decision of President-elect to ban AIT, saying all accredited media organizations, including AIT, are free to cover his activities.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, #Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said the incoming Buhari administration will not discriminate against any media organization.
It, however, enjoined all media organizations to observe the highest level of professional standards in carrying out their duties.
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