Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the blocking of the Peoples Gazette’s website in Nigeria.
In a statement on Thursday, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said;
“I have received with concern, reports of technical censorship of @GazetteNGR, an independent online newspaper, ostensibly by agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria. This is not acceptable.
“Press freedom is not only a constitutionally guaranteed right but an integral component of democracy. The battle for the democracy that Nigeria enjoys today was fought and won with the Nigerian media standing in the frontline against anti-democratic forces.
“Sadly today, it seems as though our victory 22 years ago was half-won as there still exists oppressive tendencies of the past.
“As a Democrat and believer in press freedom, I denounce every attempt to gag the media in Nigeria.
“I do so because I know that our democracy is benchmarked on the principle of a republican government and that the people of Nigeria deserve to have access to information about the workings of the government.”