House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday lamented that Nigerians from all walks of life are indisposed to being regulated by the government.
Gbajabiamila made this assertion during a visit to the office of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Abuja.
The Speaker’s remark followed the widespread protest by media practitioners and owners against the media regulation bill being debated at the House of Representatives.
Speaking in favour of the bill, he said, “From my understanding, the issue was not about gagging, but that they don’t want to be regulated. That gives me concern because it has gotten to a point in this country where nobody wants to be regulated.
“The NGOs don’t want to be regulated, religious bodies don’t want to be regulated, social media doesn’t want to be regulated; lecturers in the universities go on strike because they don’t want to be on the same payment platform with everybody else.
“Everybody just wants to have a free reign. What is government there for if not to regulate for good governance. We talk about good governance, but we don’t want to regulate and achieve good governance.
“Regulations are a key and essential element of good governance. We can’t just allow every institution to run amok. The Executive is regulated, the Judiciary is regulated, and the Legislature is regulated.”