Tyranny? Governor Bans All Commissioners And Appointees From Posting On social Media
The Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade has ordered all Commissioners and appointees of the State to desist from posting anything about Governance on social media nor grant interviews on radio/TV stations.
The Governor who released the statement this afternoon said that only the Commissioner for Information and Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor are allowed to speak about Governance on socal media or on air. Any other appointee who wishes to do do, must get his permission.
The statement below:
Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade has directed all Commissioners and other political appointees of the government to henceforth desist from making public and policy statements on social media.
Giving the directive through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Ayade also warned the commissioners as well as appointees of the government against granting or making both radio and television interviews/appearances without getting clearance from him.
According to the statement, “henceforth no commissioner or political appointee is allowed to showcase or make policy pronouncements on social media without seeking clearance from His Excellency. Every commissioner is from now henceforth expected to prove himself or herself on the field rather than on the social media.”
Making further clarification, statement said: “On the dissemination of government information, I want to make it abundantly clear that there are just two persons designated for the discharge of this function. That is the Commissioner for Information and Orientation as well as the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita.”
The governor also warned that any contravention of the directive will be met with severe sanctions.
This same Governor is behind the incarceration of a Cross River State journalist Agba Jalingo who exposed his alleged N500million Micro Finance bank scam, and Joseph Odok PhD a former lecturer of the University of Calabar who has been very vocal in condemning the Governor’s horrible governance.
Many notable Nigerians including Prof Woke Soyinka and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have called on the Governor to stop his tyranny and release the journalist, for Nigeria is a democracy.