League of columnists flay arrest of journalists in Nigeria

Tue, Jun 11, 2024
By editor


THE League of Nigerian Columnists (LNC), the association of endowed op-ed writers in Nigeria, led by Tola Adeniyi and Yakubu Mohamed, has expressed its uneasiness and condemnation of journalists in the country.

In a statement issued in Lagos, by its secretary general, Anthony Kila, the LNC observed that “the League is very uncomfortable with the spate of arrests, detention, and even abduction of journalists in the country”. Such development, according to the LNC, “is not worthy of a democratic country and should be condemned in unequivocal terms by all. 

The statement further noted that the country, with 25 years of interrupted democracy, is old enough to be free of infantile ailing typical of a growing child. “At 25 years of democracy, the LNC expect journalists to be free to report without fear or favour, and where they err, we expect those who feel wronged should follow civil and legal processes”. 

It is important to remind all that a country or government that cannot guarantee the safety and freedom of the press cannot be defined as democratic, and the onus of ensuring the safety and freedom of the media is entirely on the government of the country that wants to described as democratic. 

The LNC comprises columnists whose columns are published weekly or reasonably frequently in newspapers and magazines with a full-time editor. Members include Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese, Dare Babarinsa, Martins Oloja, Sam Omatseye, Ikechukwu Amaechi, Ruben Abati.


June 11, 2024