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Buhari begins revenge mission, bans AIT from covering him and his activities

By News Express on 28/04/2015

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President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd.), has started a revenge mission on the country's largest private television network, Africa Independent Television (AIT). Yesterday, the security men attached to him barred the station’s correspondent, Tinabeso Bebei, from covering Buhari’s functions.

Vanguard report said that the directive was discreetly given to the correspondent by an official at the Defence House, Abuja, where the crew had gone to cover the visit of Cuban ambassador to Buhari.

It was learnt that Buhari’s family had raised security issues which prompted the ban.

Confirming the issue, Buhari’s media aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that such warning was given and may be revoked when some security and ethical issues were resolved with the station.

He said: “AIT has been asked to stay aside based on security and family concerns. In addition, Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics.

“We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter, but for now the station has been asked to stay aside, because like I said there are some family and security concerns. They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards.”

When asked whether he should be quoted, Shehu said, “Yes, you can quote me that I said we have asked them to step aside and that we  are resolving the  issues of ethics and standards with them.”

He, however, stated that the government-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) was not involved in the ban, saying the crew was at liberty to attend any official engagements of the President-elect.

The popular belief is that Buhari’s ban of AIT came against the background of the sponsored hate documentaries and campaign messages played on the station’s network prior to the March 28 presidential election in which he defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

Buhari, who won the election on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has a record of cracking down on the media, even jailing journalists during his days as military Head of State from 1984 to 1985. 

Source News Express

Posted 28/04/2015 04:36:07 AM

 

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