Why is Nigeria Government Afraid of the Media?

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Written by Emenike Emmanuel

The very act of Burning the Flag is a message of defiance to the Government and reminding them in the crudest way possible that the People are the Masters and the Government is Servant. To prohibit any group from burning the flag is to assert that the Powers of the Government are superior to the Rights of the People.
It is the duty of the citizens to fight and report public corruption and also ensure that the institution(s) concerned do something about it. 

However, a Government that is as resistant as the one led by President Muhammadu Buhari which does not comply with the Will of the People nor expeditiously create a forum to grant it a listening ear leaves nothing to be desired but for the People to declare war on it by whatever means possible – including the Media War as has been exemplified by the Pro-Biafra group called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) using Radio Biafra, Biafra Television and other online channels. However understanding this too early, the Politicians who have made themselves Lord over the people who sent them to represent them have shied away most of their activities which they swore to handle with transparency and equity from getting into the media.

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Just yesterday, a day after the pro-Biafra group had overpowered Aba, the commercial nerve-centre of Abia State in a peaceful protest and proceeded to Igwocha, also known as Port-Harcourt, to continue the protest against the extrajudicial detention of their leader, Director Nnamdi Kanu by the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) and quest for freedom and declaration of Biafra Republic; the former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo who was popularly remembered for sharing money in “Ghana-must-go bag”, sleeping with his daughter in-law and in whose regime Nigeria ranked high in corruption went to Aso Rock to have a secret meeting with President Buhari and by the close of the meeting walked out without a single word to the Media crew on ground. Report has it that he drove in around few minutes to the hours of 12 in a black Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and moved in to the office of the President for a meeting that lasted for an hour.
Until now, no information has been received as to what President Buhari discussed with Obasanjo only that we noticed that few hours after the meeting, the military with the combined force of the police who were shooting into the air and releasing teargas against the Biafra protesters to keep them off from having access to the Government House in Port-Harcourt started shooting the people. Not only did they shoot them, they also confiscated many phones and cameras used by some of the protesters to cover the protest. Guess what they were doing… They didn’t want it to get to the media.

When the Commissioner of Police was contacted as to know how many casualties that were recorded, he denied it. But now, the news is everyone that three (3) souls of innocent and armless protesting Biafrans were shot by the military. Seeing they could not continue to deny it again, they accepted but insist they were stray bullets.

As an entity that will always produce a person of its type, one Mr Adedayo Osho had gone on Facebook to accuse British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) of supporting Biafra simply because they published stories about the ongoing protest. He said; “it’s unfortunate and highly devastating that BBC, a British broadcasting organisation has assume the role of backing Biafra by hijacking Radio Biafra operated by the detained Nnamdi Kanu. The intent is to operate the radio in support of Biafra Republic.” That tells how gullible some Nigerians could be. May be Mr Osho taught that Nnamdi Kanu is the only one operating the radio they termed illegal…. Chai! Until we come to terms with the reality, the struggle may likely continue.