The Nigerian Guild of Editors on Sunday criticized attempts to gag the press and impinge on freedom of expression and urged the Senate to retrace its steps with respect to the Frivolous Petitions Bill currently under consideration.
Instead, the Guild called on the federal lawmakers to expunge Section 24 of the Cyber Crime Act which is considered to be more obnoxious than the Frivolous Petitions Bill.
The body also called for a thorough investigation of media executives alleged to have received billions from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the group’s fourth quarterly standing committee meeting in Abuja.
The communiqué was signed by NGE’s President, Garba Deen Mohammad and Secretary General, Victoria Ibanga.
“The Guild calls for thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the involvement of some media executives in the payments from the office of the former National Security Adviser in the interest of fairness and justice,” a part of the communiqué reads.
While commending efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to recover stolen public funds, the Guild urged the government to respect the fundamental human rights of suspects in the process.
Part of the communiqué reads, “The Guild asks Government to thoroughly investigate every corruption case and pursue same diligently and to logical conclusion.
It advises Judges to be circumspect in granting injunctions and be more painstaking in the adjudication of corruption cases.
“The Guild warns state governments not to renege in the payment of the N18, 000 minimum wage and urges them to improve on their internally generated revenue, reduce the cost of governance and ensure due process in the award of contracts.
“The Guild is alarmed by the downward slide of the Naira which is impacting negatively on the purchasing power of Nigerians and wants the Federal Government to diversify the country’s revenue base to shore up the value of the national currency.
“The Guild notes with concern the perennial fuel scarcity in the country and call on the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the problem.”
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