President Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from the controversial media bill which activists feel will trample on free speech.
“Free speech is central to democratic societies anywhere in the world, without it, elected representatives won’t be able to gauge public feelings and moods about governance issues,” he said in a statement.
Buhari called for calm, saying he “won’t assent to any legislation that may be inconsistent with the constitution of Nigeria”, his statement added.
However, the president said he was not opposed to lawful regulations which did not “contravene with the constitution which he swore to uphold”.
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