“Aba is not Pyongyang and Nigeria, not North Korea,” stated Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former two-term Governor of Abia State and world-renowned corporate entrepreneur.
Speaking from London, Dr. Kalu made the comparison while sharing in the disbelief of accredited social enterprises such as the Arcadia Foundation, long a proponent of curbing corruption in developing governments, regarding the officious behavior of the present Abia State administration in their unwarranted abduction of Nigeria’s ‘The Sun’ Newspaper editor, Mr. Ebere Wabara
“Although details remain vague at this point, I must denounce such criminal behavior [if verified], executed by those no doubt seeking to subjectively punish and persecute individuals who simply aim to express their opinions in our assumedly-open media marketplace,” stated Dr. Kalu.
Although the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and of the press, Nigeria’s boisterous media sector has long faced numerous challenges from state and non-state actors alike. Western non-governmental organizations such as the Arcadia Foundation and Freedom House have repeatedly documented attempts to “…suppress political criticism and intimidate journalists into silence”.