Senate President Bukola Saraki has denied being part of new requirements for accreditation of journalists intending to cover the National Assembly that is generating controversy.
Bukola Saraki said he was never part of the decision that led to the new guidelines.
Solacebase recalled that on Monday the National Assembly issued new guidelines for accreditation for Journalists covering the Assembly which the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigeria Union of Journalists have rejected.
Also many stakeholders described the guidelines as “primitive, undemocratic and blatantly anti-press and anti-people.”
Special Assistant on new media to the Senate President , Olu Onemola, in a statement on Tuesday, absolved himself and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara from the decision making that led to the guidelines.
The Senate promised to investigate the new guidelines while stating his commitment to press freedom.
According to the statement, “The attention of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has just been drawn to a story that is circulating on social media about the National Assembly issuing new guidelines to journalists.
“The public should note that the 8th National Assembly has been committed to the freedom of the press as exemplified by its work to bring governance closer to the people through live streams and live tweets.