The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, on Monday said that Nigerians were free to criticise the government provided the criticisms were constructive and not expressed through destructive means.
Maku made the statement when he received officers of the Abuja Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in his his office.
“It is constitutional for citizens to criticise the government over issues that are not clear to them, or if they wish to state opinions.
“However, if you have anything against the government, it should not be done through violent means or rebellion,’’ he said.
He advised journalists to shun anti-state activities over-indulging groups who might seek to use them to air their selfish views or propagate fear in the hearts of Nigerians.
The Chairman of the council, Mr Chuks Ehirim, announced the council’s intention to organise a seminar to seek the collaboration of stakeholders and the media on national security.