A Former Presidential aspirant at the just concluded 2019 general elections, Adamu Garba has said the suspension of AIT, Raypower by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is in order.
The NBC on the 6th of June, suspend the licence of broadcasting stations under the control of DAAR Communications Plc, owned by Chief Raymond Dokpesi.
The offences listed by the NBC included the airing of a Presidential election documentary by the AIT, a matter pending before a tribunal, the inability of the company to pay its fees, the use of “divisive and inciting contents from the social media” among others.
Adamu said this in a series of tweets on his verified and official twitter account, stating that any media organisation that incite divisions, spread falsehood, encourages hatred and conduct hate speeches capable of instigating instability, disorder or violence should be sanctioned appropriately.
He said, There comes a time in a life of a nation when it has to choose between stability and justice. At the stage we are now in Nigeria. I think we need to focus on stability in the polity. In leu of that, I think the action taken on AIT & Ray Power by NBC is in order.Here’s why.”
“Free speech is an essential component of democracy but the speech have to be responsible and the media have a duty to ensure information flow is devoid of instigating instability amongst the citizens. Responsible journalisms should be the coverstone of Nigerian media.”
“Irresponsible & erratic media creates havoc in societies when allowed to continue unchecked. When media sensationalize issues capable of creating disorder, became extremely divisive & insensitive to the problem afflicting its own country, the media agency need to be checked.”
“Many may argue that despite open criticism of left wing media in the US like CNN against Pres. Trump, he still let them. I can tell you that CNN is first pro American before any President. And most forget to notice that they gave Trump enough coverage to buttress his points.”
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“What I’m saying may not appeal to the left leaning Nigerian politicians, but this is my opinion & I’m completely right wing. In a current state we in NIGERIA. When asked to choose between Stability & Justice, I’ll go with stability. Between Order & Equality, I go with order.”
“I believe it will make more sense if we continue to support our government’s policy efforts on encourages order and stability. For without proper order, we may not end the insecurity and without stability, we can’t have economic prosperity we all yearn for.”
“As I stated, Hitler’s third Reich And the Nazi was a creation of the irresponsible and inhumane media propaganda under Joseph Goebbels, who orchestrated one of the largest destruction of lives and properties in Europe between 1939 and 1945. Media is lethal is not done responsibly.”
“We had similar experience in 1994 where Radio Rwanda propaganda instigated the genocide of over 800k people between the Hutus and the Tutsis. This is the consequence allowing negative propaganda to be done by the media unchecked. Nigeria is in a stage where we shouldNT allow that.”
“The right of individual freedom should not allow him/her to use the privileges & instigate instability in an already tense situation. So also the right of institutions shouldn’t allow it to abuse such previledge against the general well-being of the state, more so media agencies.”
“Note: I’m a core right wing republican capitalist. I believe in Justice but Stability should come before it.I believe in equality but Order comes before it. My reasoning might not be what you believe, if that’s the case, you are drifting toward the left. We may argue forever.”
“Therefore I support the suspension of not just AIT but any media organization or group or individuals that incite divisions, spread falsehood, encourages hatred and conduct hate speeches capable of instigating instability, disorder or violence should be sanctioned appropriately.”