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Will it be 1984 all over again with Buhari already barring a Nigerian television station from covering his activities? – Tola Adenle

April 28, 2015

Nigeria

The shocking news of Nigeria’s President-Elect banning coverage of his activities because “Buhari’s family had raised security issues” smacks of retaliation against a television station that aired a controversial report concerning the leader of his party before the elections.

I do not believe that this will help the retired General who campaigned as – to borrow Soyinka’s words – “a born-again democrat”, nor would it endear him to those like me who believed his anti-corruption credential far outweighs the burden of his dictatorial past because of Nigeria’s desperate need to distance herself from her sordid corrupt past and present.

Whatever “security issues” are being raised because of his family can be better handled without reminding those of us who experienced first hand in the past, and knew people who experienced the situations of his earlier headship of the country that it may be difficult for him to become what being a real democrat entails.

Related Essay elsewhere
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/04/hate-campaign-buhari-fights-back-bars-ait-from-covering-activities/

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015.  6:32 a.m.[GMT]

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m. [GMT]: AIT SANCTION LIFTED – Premium Times

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/182175-apc-reverses-buhari-on-ait-says-all-accredited-media-free-to-cover-president-elects-activities.html

 

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7 Comments on “Will it be 1984 all over again with Buhari already barring a Nigerian television station from covering his activities? – Tola Adenle”

  1. Fatai Bakare Says:

    I might be wrong, I feel we should not crucify the President-elect yet until we hear his case because as I also believe him to be a changed-democrat, and would not give such an order. I am thinking it might be due to the over-zealousness of some officials close to him. It would be uncalled-for at this time that he is still a President-elect who is not yet sworn in.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      How are you? Thanks for this.

      I too was taken aback and thought the same way about the possibility of overzealous Johnny-just-come staffer but as the buck does stop on his desk as the saying goes, I took the step to write the brief essay called for.

      It has been revisited and cancelled – the AIT sanction, not my write-up – as per the announcement below which Was out late afternoon; my essay was up before 8.00 a.m. Please see link below, an update that is also posted below the essay after the APC announced it.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

      http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/182175-apc-reverses-buhari-on-ait-says-all-accredited-media-free-to-cover-president-elects-activities.html

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      I too was taken aback and thought the same way about the possibility of overzealous johnny-just-come staffer but as the buck does stop at his desk as the saying goes, I took the step to write the brief essay called for.

      It has been revisited and cancelled – the AIT sanction, not my write-up – as per the announcement below which was out late afternoon. Please see link below, an update that is also posted below my essay after the president-elect’s party, the APC, announced it.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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  2. idagbasoke Says:

    Suru t’o l’ojo ni Ma.
    I read the full article and would not assume this confirms we’re back to Buhari’s military dictatorship. The media aide provided an explanation for the decision to ban AIT and I don’t think that in itself is a wrong thing. It’s happened before in other countries that are adjudged democratic.
    What I expect is that our journalists would follow up on the story to confirm and inform the public if indeed there’s an investigation; the duration of the investigation and what the security and ethical issues AIT.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Idagbasoke,

      Thanks for this.

      You are correct: journalists are the ones with a job to do by calling out to follow up. My own responsibility as a has-been who refuses to put away her keyboards is always to go beyond wondering to myself. Playing the devil’s advocate is a useful “field instinct” needed by all journalists in these parts.

      I’m not even aware of how it’s done “in other democratic countries” as our situations seem to be always peculiar but what I do know is that Obama’s staff would never think of excluding FOX reporters, obnoxious and very DISRESPECTFUL to Obama as they almost always are, from press briefings no matter what. I’m sure the president-elect has enough people who are taking care of his security and that of his family.

      I did read the full article and did take in the fact that investigations are supposedly ongoing, but that puts AIT behind others in the news dissemination business. That is not good enough for those that AIT serves nor even for the president-elect who cannot afford to allow decisions from his team that tend towards anti-freedom of the press. If AIT is found to have staff members who are security risks, there are ways to handle that without the Station’s reporter/cameraman being shown the way out of their normal assigned duty. If the president-elect team wants others to be assigned, I’m sure that should be also be possible.

      Of course Nigeria cannot nor will it ever go back to 1984 but while a tree does not a forest make nor a single incident a trend, a journalist’s first instinct must always be to never assume anything even if it appears to be a bit early in the game to “criticize”, as my brand of writing may seem to be. It’s been a long-fought battle by millions of Nigerians not only the politicians to force the stars to align – so to say – and vigilance is therefore a must right from the beginning.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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  3. emotan77 Says:

    FROM MY MAILBOX

    Submitted on 2015/04/28 at 8:43 am

    Buhari should be his own man and borrow a leaf from Barrack Obama in the way the latter treats FOX News in the US. A leader that silences his critiques and only listens to praise singers will have himself to blame in the long run.

    AJIPEYA

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Mr. Ajipeya.

      That is as good and wise a suggestion as anyone who really claims to have Buhari’s interest at heart should proffer.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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