NYC says FG’s threat to sanction CNN over Lekki shooting report is ”baseless”

Obinwannem News NYC says FG’s threat to sanction CNN over Lekki shooting report is ”baseless”

The Nigerian Youth Congress, NYC, Thursday night, condemned Federal Government’s threat to impose sanctions against Cable News Network (CNN), for releasing a documentary on the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lekki tollgate on October 20.

NYC was reacting to a statement credited to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed that CNN lied about the Lekki killing reports, and would be sanctioned.

Lai also vowed to expose a Nigerian youth, Catherine Obianuju Udeh a.k.a. DJ Switch, who live-streamed the Lekki shooting on Instagram, for serving as a front for divisive elements in the country.

Reacting, the NYC President, Mr. Blessing Akinlosotu, on Thursday, warned that sanctioning CNN over its video which indicted the security forces of killing innocent civilians would prove counterproductive to the interest of the government.

He said, “CNN is an international media organization governed by laws that are not Nigerian in origin. So, seeking to sanction it may prove futile and counterproductive.

“The Government should Instead, try and make known its own side of the story in a more humane manner.

“The Lekki tollgate saga has been a great backlash on the federal government. And so, we hope they will try and make a case that will project the Nigeria Government as a less brutal country which is governed by the Rule of Law and respect for human life and dignity.

“In the comity of nations, the federal government should be concerned that the country’s image is well projected for the good of the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“So, we strongly hope that the federal government would try and come up with a credible side of its Lekki shooting story and forget about sanctioning the CNN.

“Nigerians deserve more explanation about what happens in Lekki Tollgate and not a threat that will further affect the goodwill of Nigeria and Nigerians abroad.”

Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News

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