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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture
The Federal government has no plans to muzzle the media, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture has said.
He said this in reaction to controversies that errupted in the wake of the regulatory directives this government has churned out.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day 2021 edition of the Annual Roundtable on Cultural Orientation (ARTCO) by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mohammed said this government’s position on the regulation was in furtherance of national interest which was in line with global best practices.
The minister isisted that no responsible government would allow its enemies use media as a tool to destabilise the nation, just as he averred that the phenomenon of fake news and hate speeches which had dominated the social media space were detrimental to the nation’s peace, security and national cohesion.
Mohammed maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to ensure enabling environment for a robust media practice exists in Nigeria.
Said he: “Contrary to insinuation in some quarters, this government has no plans to muzzle the media. It appreciates the media as a strategic partner in our determination to foster the socio-economic and political development of our nation”.