Tonnie Iredia, former director-general of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), says Lai Mohammed, minister of information, cannot regulate broadcasting as a politician.
Speaking during a Channels TV programme on Wednesday, Iredia faulted Lai’s involvement in the amendment of the code of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The controversial code, which increased fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million, is facing nationwide opposition and anger.
Many Nigerians — including Wole Soyinka, literary giant who described it as “economic sabotage” — said it targets press freedom.
Iredia, who is a professor of broadcast management and media law, said the minister has hijacked the duties of the director-general of the NBC.
He said: “Everybody expects a broadcasting commission to be an autonomous body that has no place in politics. If you listen to the news, who has been speaking? The minister of Information. Is he the DG?