The Federal Government of Nigeria in the late hours of Thursday, gave an order that Daar Communications AIT/Raypower broadcast stations should be shut down.
According to FG, the broadcast stations violated NBC rules and regulations, thereby inciting hate speech against the present government through their political programs.
The news which came as a surprise to many was announced to Nigerians through the official twitter page of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The page tweeted the images of the full text press briefing on the suspension of daar communications plc broadcast licence.
The tweets reads:
NOTICE: FULL TEXT OF PRESS BRIEFING ON SUSPENSION OF DAAR COMMUNICATIONS PLC BROADCAST LICENSE (@AIT_Online / @RaypowerNetwork) by @nbcgovng | June 6, 2019.
Reacting to the news, former vice president, Mr. Atiku Abubakar, took to his twitter page to express his disappointment on the development.
He stated that there would be a shift in Nigeria’s political dynamics from democracy to dictatorship if the press loses its independence.
His tweet reads :
I am a lifelong democrat and throughout my political life, I have championed the principles of Separation of Piwers.The Legislature has been challenged. The Judiciary has been tackled.
If, at this time, we stand by as the Press loses its independence, there will be little to differentiate us from a dictatorship. This should not happen. -AA
Are there still such things as intimidating the media in 2019? Is this really from a result of Daar communications violating NBC rules or is it really for political reasons?.
It is a well known fact that the chairman of daar communications Mr. Raymond Dopkesi, is an active member of the opposition party (PDP) and could have just been a victim of a political cross fire between the ruling party APC and the opposition party PDP.
There are several media houses in various countries who have openly critize their leaders without oppression or intimidation, we really need to be careful what we do as a nation so as to not threaten the peace of the country.