The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said the new broadcast code introduced by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), is meant to suppress Nigerians and the media.
The federal government recently increased what it called hate speech fine from N500,000 to N5 million.
The PDP warned the Buhari-led administration against suffocating Nigerians and the media through the use of hefty fines, for daring to air their views and exposing wrongdoings in his government.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the new broadcast code is meant to cover up the atrocities of a failed government, by suppressing free speech in the country.
According to the opposition party, the fine is a measure by the APC to gag Nigerians from speaking against corruption in the government and the plot to mortgage the country’s sovereignty to China.
“The code is also a grand plot to suppress and muzzle Nigerians and the media from publicly opposing plots by the APC to mortgage the sovereignty of our dear nation to foreign interests as being witnessed in the anti-Nigeria clauses in the loan agreements with China,” the statement read.
“The APC has been jittery over the stench of monumental corruption oozing out from its government as well as its anti-Nigeria activities, and now seeks to suppress public opinion and media reportage of their atrocities against our nation.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that the APC administration rushed to review the broadcast codes and introduced draconian clauses at the height of public revelations and media reportage of its corruption and plots to mortgage our nation’s sovereignty to China.”