Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, has reacted to the shut down of Raypower and AIT by the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC.
Raypower and AIT were shut down on Thursday with NBC stating that the media houses breached a code by airing divisive and offensive content.
Reacting to the news, Atiku stated:
“If the press is not free, the situation will inevitably lead to dictatorship and endanger Nigerians’ struggles to entrench democracy in the country,” he said.
According to him, it was impossible to love democratic values and hate free press at the same time. He also stated that democracy is not a government of kings or lords who feel superior to the people and not accountable.
Speaking further, Atiku warned that the first stage towards turning democracy into a flight own dictatorship is the war against the media.
“Dictators want to be worshiped rather than being criticised and held accountable for non-performance or actions. That is why they find democratic order an inconvenience to their sinister desires to kill free speech,” he said