Buhari has nothing to do with proposed amendment of press council bill -Presidency

 


Femi Adesina, senior adviser to the president on media and publicity, says President Muhammadu Buhari “has nothing to do” with the plan to amend the Nigerian Press Council (NPC) act.


Adesina made the clarification on Wednesday when fielding questions from state house correspondents after the weekly meeting of the federal executive council (FEC) in Abuja.

 

He said the proposed amendment is a federal government initiative, and as such, only the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, can address it.

 

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. So, thank you.”


The bill, which seeks to repeal and re-enact the NPC act, was considered at a public hearing organised by the house of representatives committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values.

 

Media stakeholders had subsequently kicked against the proposed amendment over some provisions they described as unconstitutional.

 

Azu Ishiekwene, a member of the NPO delegation, had said almost half of the 39 clauses in the bill contained unconstitutional regulations capable of stifling journalism practice.


Ishiekwene said the NPO had challenged the clauses up to the supreme court, and that continuing with the amendment would amount to preempting the court on the matter.

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