Ex-Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba has fervently kicked against the controversial media bill (Hate Speech bill) completely.
Osoba, a veteran columnist, pummeled the backer of the bill and legislators, blaming them for endeavoring to quietness the press in democratic country like Nigeria.
Osoba spoke Monday at an occasion celebrating 160 years of news coverage in Nigeria, held at Ogun State capital, Abeokuta.
Talking on the topic, “Re-inventing the practice of Journalism in Nigeria with emphasis on the influence of the Social Media” Osoba provoked the Senators, inquiring as to whether the lawmakers or their ancestors participated in the battle for freedom and vote based system in Nigeria.
“We (media specialists) don’t merit this treatment from Senators who are presently getting a charge out of the advantage of the war that we pursued against the military to dig in vote based system in Nigeria,” Osoba communicated.
He stated, “We will all be the casualties of the bill in the event that we enable it to scale through. We (media professionals) battled the military to stop.
“You will review huge numbers of our kin lost their lives, the individuals who are engendering a bill ought to recall. Where were they when NADECO, the Media risen up to battle Abacha? Is it safe to say that they were conceived? Were their progenitors battled in those occasions when Herbert Macaulay and co, were battling for freedom of the provincial framework to autonomy and afterward we took it up under the military?
“We as a whole endured under Abacha. The Guardian was scorched. Punch was shut down. The individuals who were running TELL Magazine needed to come up short on the nation into banish. I can go on with the instances of the hardship we endured.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, be that as it may, said there were system to checkmate “terrible news-casting” if any Nigerian finds a report to have harmed his notoriety.
Osoba said he severally had tested arrangement of bogus reports about his character in court and won.
Osoba goes against media bill that is set to intimidate and silent the voice of the voiceless