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We’re not behind Press Council amendment Bill – Presidency

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By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – THE presidency, Wednesday distanced itself from the Nigerian Press Council Bill pending at the National Assembly for amendment and passage into law.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity Garba , Malam Shehu advised Nigerian groups or individuals that have objections to the Nigerian Press Council Amendment Bill should follow due process rather than throw mud at the government using the media.

Speaking to State House correspondents on the controversy surrounding the proposed amendment of the law sponsored as a Private Member’s Bill, Shehu, said that all the attacks against the government as a result of the bill were misdirected, since it has nothing at all to do with the Executive.

According to him, “This is a privately-sponsored bill. President Muhammadu Buhari is not involved.”

He further stated that there was a process to be followed when people oppose a bill that is being considered by the Legislature, and encouraged anyone against the proposed bill to do so.

He said, “President Buhari should not be blamed for the actions of the legislators whom we voted to represent us in the National Assembly.

“At the same time, the Presidency would like to assure everyone that, however the process ends, President Buhari will not compromise his impeccable and untainted democratic credentials by signing into law, any bill that violates the letter or the spirit of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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