Buhari govt will not stifle the press – Minister

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government will not make any law or directive that will stifle the press in its ongoing effort against hate speech and fake news.

The Minister gave the assurance on Monday in Lagos when he visited the headquarters of TV Continental.

Mr. Mohammed described as fake news, the alleged directive from National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) regulating phone-in programmes and newspaper review on TV and radio programmes.

He said there was no directive whatsoever from NBC or his office to any media house, regulating phone-in programmes and newspaper review as reported in the media.

The Minister said there was a brainstorming meeting among stakeholders including NBC, media owners and others in Lagos where issues affecting the industry were discussed.

He said it was one of the participants at the meeting that leaked out the issues raised, which were never adopted as government directive or policies.

Mr. Mohammed reiterated that “no government that stifles the press, ever succeeds” and the Federal Government will not make laws or issue directive to gag the media.

He said the position of the government has been and still remains that the industry should regulate itself.

He, therefore, underscored the need for media houses to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the dictates of their guiding codes to check the alarming rate of hate speech and fake news.

He said many Nigerians relied on newspaper review on radio and TV as their source of news daily and such review should, therefore, be done from the holistic perspective.

The minister also underscored the need for media houses to regulate the calls received during phone-in programmes to checkmate opportunists from using such avenue for hate speech.

The minister said the government would not make any new laws to tackle the challenge of hate speech because there are enough provisions for it.

He said the Anti-Terrorism Act 2011 defines hate speech amongst others, as an act deliberately done with malice and which may seriously harm or damage a country or seriously intimidate a population.

Reacting to why there was upsurge in incidents of hate speech and fake news in the country, the Minister said that the purveyors were being paid with stolen funds to whittle down the anti corruption stance of the government.

He said the upsurge was also about the 2019 general elections, to whittle down the “many achievements” recorded by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He said no amount of hatred would obliterate the solid achievements recorded by the Administration.

The Chief Executive Officer of TVC, Andrew Hanlon, thanked the minister for the visit.

NAN reports that the minister also featured on a live interview programme of the station.

(NAN)


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  • Agba

    OBNOXIOUS DECREE 4 is back like 1984

    • princegab

      Stop peddling lies, the minister has clearified the issue. No censorship.

      • progressive

        Don’t mind them they don’t know that we have a minister who has that integrity they thought it what we used to have before HMIC will surely take on those who think they can use their loots money to cause hate speech in the country

        • emmanuel

          Na only you dey talk to yourself? O ma se o.
          Bobo yi ti ya węrę

    • front man

      Go and beg that woman in your village goat

    • progressive

      We dont want people like you that will cause problem in the society enough is enough whether you all like it or not this government will do the right thing I know that you are been sponsored with part of the loots money that was been stolen by the last administration

      • emmanuel

        We have all been here when your master- Liar use to visit personally before 2015 election and have tab of all his lies and hate speeches and abuses. Until he empowered nitwit like you you do this cheap job

  • Patrick Otobo

    What an irony! The progenitor, originator, orchestra f hate speech, Lai Mohammed is now preachingagainst hate speech. HYPOCRISY!!!

    • White cane

      Go and seat down very soon you will be arrested for this your hate speech.

      • Patrick Otobo

        My response to front man is apt for you. Silly!

        • progressive

          Go and learn more this is not the best time for people like you whether you like it or not the hate speech must stop we dont want war in the country I know that people like you will soon be dealt with very soon

          • emmanuel

            Is there a law that limit people from quarrelling and abusing themselves? You are just a nicompoop, With very shallow brain.
            Even Trump abuses some Americans when his looses his cool.
            Maga, since when did this very corrupt APC government turned the purveyors of morals? Nigeria constitution has no place for morals, but freedom. Illiteracy is a big disease.
            Go tell Liar to go back to school.
            We are still waiting for Mr. Oke and Grass cutter theft report from your morally bankrupt APC

    • Naysayers, they are all over the places.

    • front man

      Hypocrisy is when people like you knows fully well that HMIC is everywhere clearing miscreants like you

      • Patrick Otobo

        Your mumu never do? How much did your HMIC pay you? You what:You live in the gutter. Continue to dwell there till eternity. In case you forget, the so called HMIC deployed all manners of hate speech against opposition members in the PDP then and no body abridged his rights then. Now nonentities like who dont have sense of history are now posting silly comments because you can afford N1000 data from N-Power. Demented mind.

        • progressive

          You are the one that will swell in gutter because it seems you’ve forgotten alot do you think we are still in the era of impunity you said something about paid he entitled to his own opinion so you can’t tell him what to do just because you are a Dullard

          • emmanuel

            If you call someoen a dullard, you have engaged in hate speech.
            You must be arrested.

      • emmanuel

        Liar Mohammed is a bastion of lies, hate speeches and out right hypocrisy. He is was than Wada Nas of yesterday.
        A despicable liar, with penchant for deceit, misinformation and upturn of truth.

  • forestgee

    Then just let everything be the way you met it! Hypocrites

    • That’s not how to define change. Change is ‘doing something in a better way.’ The process is still on!

      • forestgee

        with a higher food inflation?

    • White cane

      You are the most miserable person, how can you call him a hypocrites?

      • forestgee

        Food inflation is sending misery on the people….not me

    • front man

      Met what monkey

      • forestgee

        What Lizard?

  • White cane

    People will keep carrying fake news around..thank God the minister has cleared the air.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o…
      He had said it all

  • front man

    Kudos to HMIC for his precious time to address issues related to this great country

    • Olatubosun

      Kudos to him o

  • front man

    Your haters are everywhere to misquote your speech

  • Olatubosun

    Our honorable minister of information…… Kudos to you.

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed is a great man

  • Olatubosun

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed God bless you

  • Olatubosun

    Anyone beating war drum by propagating hate speech will be punished….

    • woman leader1

      Certainly!

  • White cane

    Thank God for our honourable minister that is always informing Nigerians with truth as it is….carry on sir God bless you

    • emmanuel

      Shame on you, a disgrace to Liar Mohammed.
      You lined this subject with your comments, using over six monikers to beat the drum of fables for your master; which sounds only to your hearing. It is more like a dirge in a grave yard.
      You have migrated to the market place; the last state of węrę.
      Imagine how everybody ignored you on the subject, that is to tell you that he is now inconsequential before Nigerians

      • Night Crawler

        Your hatred towards Alh Lai Mohammed is unconditional, his your worse nightmare

        • emmanuel

          He began the hate thing in Nigeria and want to oppress Nigerians; because he occupy one office where his performance is disgraceful.
          Why would anyone call a minister of information and culture a liar when he is not?
          We should indeed celebrate him, if he present a very good image of Nigerian before its people and the comity of Nations, unfortunately, foreign press also treat him with disdain.
          Please tell him to amend his ways, because he occupies and exalted office.

    • woman leader1

      Very true

  • progressive

    Kudos to lai Mohammed he has been able to clear the air about the mischievous fake news that has been going round in the media

    • emmanuel

      How unintelligent you/his team are?
      Propganda is used during wars against ones enemies, but in Liars case, he uses propaganda against himself.

      • Night Crawler

        Kindly bring up proves and stop insulting an innocent man who knows nothing about what you are saying

    • emmanuel

      Please confirm to me that hate speech means i cannot abuse somebody again in Nigeria.
      If that is the case, then this government has failed woefully.
      Afterall, Buhari still abused some Nigerians on Monday and has not stopped since he returned.
      If abusing anyone is terrorism, them the APC FG is a wanted terrorist organisation

      • Night Crawler

        Hate speech doesn’t mean, you can’t criticise government or abuse individual, hate speech is for those causing religious, and tribal war, just to achieve their aim

        • emmanuel

          Does it exclude those who kill without talking, like the foolani herdsmen?
          Some people think through their mouths and must weigh their cheap actions. The violent are treated like lords and those who raise their voices to condemn such acs are terrorist.
          There is no terrorist group on earth like Buhari’s government.
          May be everyNigerian should carry their AK47 and just keep quiet, so we “would not have wars” like you said.
          Let the Army of DSS tell us how many AK47 they have recovered from the herdsmen and how many of them have been sent to jail.
          This is just part of the occupation and suppression agenda and Nigerians must rise up to it.

    • Night Crawler

      Well said, his the best minister of information, Nigeria ever had

      • woman leader1

        No doubt about that

  • progressive

    Those fools who thinks they can use their loots money to cause hate speech in the country should look somewhere else because any attempt being made by those who have stolen the resources of this country will surely be resist

  • progressive

    I will continue to give lai Mohammed kudos in making sure that the hate speech was been look into so that we won’t have the same problem that happened to Rwanda.

    • daygea

      Correct. This government is making sure they eradicate hate speeches at all levels.

  • progressive

    This is going to serve a warning to those who are using the media to perpetrate their evil acts. The NBC as well should wake up and sanction and erring stations who promote any hate speech.

    • woman leader1

      Very true

  • woman leader1

    Lai Muhammad is really a dedicated and man of his word, he his doing everything to stop hate speeches.

    • daygea

      Hate speeches have no where to stay in this country. The minister is ensuring that for the betterment of the nation.

  • woman leader1

    Those people that loots our money and think with that they will cause hate speech in other not to be exposed are only wasting their time.

    • emmanuel

      You cannot decive anybody, someday the TSA and the EFCC would undergo forensic and the rot and fleecing of this country going-on unchallenged now will be exposed. Then, most people singing anti-corruption who would go to jail.
      We will also put whichever government in power then under pressure.

  • woman leader1

    With honourable minister for information and culture we are sure that we will always be updated with everything. Well done sir

    • daygea

      Yes oo, Nigerians are always in the know with our ever efficient Minister