Yesterday’s arrest and molestation of the Daily trust National Assembly correspondent, Musa Abdullahi Krishi, is another assault on Journalism and the media profession.
First it was the Elombah brothers, then Abuja Bureau Chief of the newspaper, Mr. Tony Ezimakor was arrested by the Department for State Security (DSS).
The reporter was kept for days and incommunicado for refusal to disclose how he got information that the DSS had paid a princely $2 million to secure the release of some of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in April 2014.
The other day the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai ordered the arrest of Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of an online newspaper, Premium Times, for alleged libellous publication against the army chief.
I don’t know how many more people are preparing to commit sins on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.
I just want to warn would-be sinners to look away from the media anytime they are ready to strike. Like soldiers who fight wars they have not created, journalists report stories they have not created.
In the matter of abrogation of civil liberties, Buhari has a lot of cognate experience.
In 1984 as Military head of State, he promulgated Decree 4 (Public Officers Protection Against False Publications) and in no time, two former journalists of The Guardian Newspaper, Ndukar Irabor and Tunde Thompson, were sent to prison for refusing to divulge the source of a story, which allegedly embarrassed the Buhari/Idiagbon military junta.
I am appealing to those in the Buhari team with a tendency to commit sin against the media, to desist because the venture is simply fruitless. Decree 4 of 1984 cannot be contemplated in any form in 2018.
It will not happen. And I add also that in recorded history, no force has been able to stop the media.
The media has always survived tribulations to report the fall of dictators and this is not going to change anytime soon.
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