The President of the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, Chief Peter Ameh, has condemned the attacks on Media Practitioners in Nigeria
This is contained in a statement signed by the National Legal Adviser of IPAC, Mr. Chukwudi Ezeobika in Abuja.
Reacting to the recent attack on the Nasarawa State Correspondent of The Nation Newspaper, Mr Linus Oota and many others, the Council condemns in strongest terms the barbaric acts of bandits and the lack of adequate protection for the Nigerian Media.
The statement explains that stiff regulatory policies aimed at shrinking the media space goes against freedoms as provided in and guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.
It therefore appeal to the Nigerian government to protect the sanctity of a free Press.
“As a critical and indispensable part of our democratic process, the safety and welfare of Media Practitioners and their reputable media Organisations should be protected by the Nigerian government in order to enhance and sustain the growth of our nascent democracy”
“Being enshrined in and guaranteed by Section 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), it is indeed incumbent on the Nigerian government to ensure that this important and integral part of our constitutional architecture is well preserved and shielded from systemic attacks.
The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria calls for an immediate re-evaluation of the safety and protection of the Media Practitioners as well as their unattended welfare which has lingered for decades.
“This should receive an unfettered acceptance and consideration by the legislative arm of government in order to secure and guarantee the protection and preservation of our collective freedom” it added.