The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has frowned at attempts to gag the media in Nigeria. He expressed his displeasure on Thursday, August 5, 2022 in Lagos while declaring open a 2-day Workshop of the Nigerian Guild Of Editors, NGE.
Governor Sanwo-Olu at the workshop with the theme ” Journalism and Digitalisation: The Imperative of Good Corporate Governance ” warned that attempts to gag the media could be very costly. He was reacting to the earlier comments by the President of the Guild of Editors, Mustapha Isah who asked the Federal Government to immediately withdraw the fines and the ban imposed on Daily Trust and the BBC Media over the video documentry on terrorists.
Sanwo-Olu said he agreed with the NGE that Government cannot be “the accuser and the judge” in a case. While also calling on the Editors to embrace the practice of good governance, the Governor stressed the need for government at all levels to provide enabling environment for the media to operate.
In his opening remarks, the President of NGE, Mustapha Isah said the Guild would return “fire-for- fire” if the Federal Government refused to back down on the fines& ban imposed on the Daily Trust.