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Group Attacks Buhari Over AIT Ban

Group Attacks Buhari Over AIT Ban
A human rights group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has joined well-meaning Nigerians in condemning the actions of the president-elect which it described as resuscitating the anti-democratic ethos in a democratic setting.
According to Vanguard, the group noted that Buhari’s action shows that the president-elect has hidden agenda in governance of this country for the next four years.

In a statement by the centre’s executive chairman, comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman in Lagos on Tuesday, April 28, the group faulted Buhari for banning the respected media station from covering his (Buhari) activities till further notice, describing the banning of AIT by the President-Elect as undemocratic, evil, ungodly, anti-masses and anti-development which should not be allowed to stand in a democracy

It said: “Nigeria people, particularly, the men of fourth estate of realm should be extreme careful now with this present development from Buhari, the President-Elect so as to avoid being the first victim of Buhari’s government after inauguration in May 29th, 2015. Buhari should know that this is a democracy where there is no privacy for any political leader. When Mrs. Turai Yaradua, the wife of Late President Yaradua, declared that She has power on her husband, Nigeria people told her that her husband, was President of Nigeria people and they ought to know the where about of their President, which shows that no privacy for General Muhammadu Buhari in a democratic setting again until he finishes his term of office in 2019.”
The group urged Buhari to do the right thing by rescinding the decision immediately within the twenty-four hours(24hrs) and as well tender unreserved public apology to the Nigeria citizens.
Citing section 22 of the 1999 constitution as amended, which states that: “the press, radio, television and other agencies of mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this chapter and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people”, the group argued that it is the  constitutional powers and duties or obligation of the press are to help government realize the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy as contained in the constitution.
The group therefore urged the genuine pro-democracy Nigerians to stand up to be ready to defend our current democratic experiment before the anti-democratic forces returned the country back to the dark days of military era where freedom of expression were withdrawn through draconian decree of 1984.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reversed the controversial decision taken by President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to bar the Africa Independent Television, AIT, from covering his activities.
The party said all accredited media organizations in the country, including the AIT, are free to cover the activities of the president elect.
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