There is no organ of the Nigerian state as despised as its normally inefficient, but inordinately anti-people, security services. Notoriously incompetent, where serious security issues are concerned and corrupt, Nigerian security readily pounces on journalists, as it did against THE NATION editorslast week. That is the same security service unable to secure the creeks from the ragtag MEND or Boko Haram.
A gangland-like invasion of a newspaper was organised, because of an alleged petition, from the old despot, Olusegun Obasanjo! It flies in the face of democracy. But may we remind the security services, that journalists will not be intimidated. Section22 of the Nigerian Constitution says “the press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to… uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people”; while Section 39 states that “every person is entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinion, receive and impart information without interference”.