Buhari Angrily Threatens to Drag NTA and AIT to Court Over Hate Broadcasts

February 2, 2015 1:00 pm

The Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General
Muhammadu Buhari (ret), has threatened to take legal action against the
Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, and the African Independent
Television, AIT, for airing hate broadcasts against his personality,
reports Vanguard

This came on a day the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, warned all
broadcasting stations operating in the country to adhere strictly to
the provisions of the broadcasting code or risk sanctions.

In a protest letter lodged through the Legal Director of APC
Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, SAN, Buhari,
insisted that the two television stations must not only retract the
“hate documentaries,” but also issue a public apology to him.

He said he would not hesitate to seek legal remedy should the television houses refuse to comply with the conditions.
Besides, the APC candidate said he had already petitioned the Nigerian
Broadcasting Commission, NBC, and the National Human Rights Commission,
NHRC, asking them to investigate both NTA and AIT over the hate
broadcasts and take necessary punitive actions.

“The hate broadcast has been on from Saturday, January 24, 2015 to Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 11p.m. in AIT,” Buhari noted.

Meanwhile, The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has warned all
broadcasting stations to adhere strictly to the provisions of the
broadcasting code or risk sanctions.

The Director-General of the Commission, Mr. Emeka Mba, who issued the
warning, said the Commission acknowledged the effort of broadcasting
stations were making in lubricating the nation’s political space, but
noted that some stations had been operating outside the provisions of
the code in a manner that could become counter-productive to the
national objectives of peaceful, free and fair elections.

“We are in exciting times. Political campaigns are under way and the
nation is agog with politicians campaigning to persuade the electorate
to support them, this is how it should, that is the beauty of
democracy,” he said.

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