Says criticism should be constructive, not expressed through destructive means

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Monday, said that Nigerians were free to criticise the government, provided the criticisms were constructive and not expressed through destructive means.

Speaking during a visit by officers of the Abuja Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to his office, the minister said: “It is constitutional for citizens to criticise the government over issues that are not clear to them, or if they wish to state opinions.

“However, if you have anything against the government, it should not be done through violent means or rebellion.” 

He advised journalists to shun anti-state activities and over-indulging groups who might seek to use them to air their selfish views or propagate fear in the hearts of Nigerians.

The chairman of the council, Chuks Ehirim, announced the council?s intention to organise a seminar to seek the collaboration of stakeholders and the media on national security.

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