The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has vowed to shut down broadcast stations in Nigeria whose activities can undermine peaceful co-existence.
NBC Spokesperson, Mr. Ekanem Antia, stated this in Abuja on Friday. Antia stated that NBC’s Director-General, Malam Balarabe Ilelah, gave the warning at a meeting with broadcast stations on the coverage of the Feb. 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
In a statement, the NBC manintained that it “is giving its last warning to broadcast stations and will not hesitate to shut or revoke the licence of any when convinced that its activities are capable of undermining the peaceful co-existence of the country.”
“Any further breaches of the Nigeria broadcasting code and act will no longer be tolerated.”
He further said the Commission monitored the coverage of the elections by some broadcast stations and noted how they availed unpatriotic individuals their platforms to make subversive, hateful, and inciting utterances, particularly post-election.
Antia also stated that Ilelah commended the media for their efforts in ensuring peaceful pre-election coverage, especially for their selfless service to keeping the citizens informed.
The NBC Director General, Bello Shehu Ilelah said the coverage of the elections and post-election matters were “marred by unguarded statements, divisive and dangerous comments”, saying the media has a role to play in ensuring national development by publishing or broadcasting narratives of national reconciliation and healing.
He called on broadcast stations to avoid the promotion of negative conversations which are not only dangerous to democracy but pose threats to Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“In as much as the commission believes in the freedom of expression, it is also seriously constrained to act decisively on any broadcaster that exploits the fragile peace of our nation,” he said.