Akanni Aluko cautions NASS against attempt to gag media - Punch Newspapers

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Akanni Aluko cautions NASS against attempt to gag media - Punch Newspapers

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25 July 2021A renowned business mogul and publisher of the defunct Third Eye Newspapers, Chief Akanni Aluko, on Saturday, cautioned the National Assembly against an attempt to gag the media, saying such would fail.Aluko, who spoke with journalists at his Monatan residence in Ibadan area of Oyo State on the heels of his 78th birthday on Friday, said, “Nobody can kill the press, irrespective of the attempt made.”

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The media bill sponsored by the lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/Surulere Federal Constituency of Oyo State in the House of Representatives, Segun Odebunmi, had generated heated debate by media professionals, describing it as an attempt to gag the media.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Odebunmi, who is also the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Information and National Orientation, had promised at different forums to drop the bill.But Aluko said the bill would smear the image of the lawmaker, adding that he had failed to realise that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), would not do anything to suppress, bully or criminalise the media. headtopics.com

He stated, “Though the sponsor of the bill had said he was withdrawing the controversial bill temporarily, Odebunmi’s intention is to silence the media and render it powerless.Aluko added that despite his 21-year health battle, he was grateful to God for attaining the age of 78.

The publisher said, “Today (Friday) is a milestone in my life, very wonderful. I thank only God for allowing me to reach 78. It has not been easy, I have been ill for the past 21 years. Look at me, as if nothing has been wrong, except for a few things, but God is taking care (of me). I must continue to thank God for this wonderful gift of life.”

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