Buhari sacks ‘overzealous’ Idachaba as NBC DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a veteran broadcaster Balarabe Shehu Ilelah as the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who announced the appointment in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

He takes over from Prof Armstrong Idachaba who was appointed on acting capacity since February 2020 following the suspension of Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu.

In the wake of the suspension of Twitter by the Federal Government, Idachaba had asked all broadcast media houses in the country to stop tweeting. He also asked the media house to deactivate their handles.

The Commission directed the broadcast stations to “de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially phone-in.”

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In the statement titled: “Suspend Twitter handles”, it read: “Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.

“In Compliance to the above directive, Broadcasting Stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes Presentation especially phone-in.

“Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with responsibility to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations. Also, Section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that “the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than crime and anarchy.

“Attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a user generated content (UGC).

“Note that it will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronize the suspended Twitter as a source of its information therefore strict compliance is enjoined.”