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NASS Gagging Of Media Absolute Nonsense, Saraki

Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Yusuf Olaniyonu has described the gagging of the Media by the National Assembly ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly as absolute nonsense.

Responding to the very stringent conditions put in place by the Management of the National Assembly ahead of the inauguration, Olaniyonu said, ” this is absolute nonsense (pardon my choice of word). I don’t want to believe this story until I speak with the CNA who is the head of the bureaucracy.
“This is a demonstration of the fact that the political leadership of NASS do not decide most of the things that happen there. This is definitely news to me even as head of the media team of the Chairman of the National Assembly.

“It is perhaps a new policy that will be in force from June 11 when the new NASS will be inaugurated. In any case, I will still try to give advice to the relevant people on an issue which I consider as bordering on press freedom and access to information.”

The Management of the National Assembly had set stringent conditions for the accreditation of journalists that will cover the Ninth Assembly.

The National Assembly released the stringent conditions in a letter dated May 15, addressed to the Chairmen of both the Senate and House of Representatives Press Corps, and signed by the Director of Information of the National Assembly, Emmanuel Jerry Rawlings. The new guidelines take effect from June 11, when the ninth National Assembly will be inaugurated

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