Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is of the believe that the media is treating President Muhammadu Buhari much better than they did his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who he said was subjected to unfair treatment.
Governor Wike therefore called on the media to defend Nigerians who are suffering untold hardship under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.
He said this during a courtesy visit by the Management of the International Press Institute (IPI) at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Friday.
He said: “The Nigerian Press should wake up. The Nigerian Press presently speaks for the rich. It no longer speaks for the poor. The focus now is advertorial, instead of defending the people.
“The press in Nigeria has been gagged. The Press that was at forefront of ‘Jonathan Must Go’ can no longer speak up against bad governance, electoral manipulation, electoral fraud and total collapse of national security. What has happened to the conscience of the Nigerian Media?”
Wike lamented that the same press that joined some prominent Nigerians to fight the partial removal of petroleum subsidy under Former President Goodluck Jonathan, had maintained a deafening silence under President Muhammadu Buhari when the entire fuel subsidy was removed in controversial circumstances.