36.1 C
Abuja

NBC queries Channels TV, says interview with Ortom on grazing reserves contains unfair comments

Related

2mins read

THE National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has queried Channels Television over its recent interview with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.

NBC Director-General Balarabe Ilelah, in a statement dated August 24, said the interview in which Ortom talked extensively on President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to resuscitate about 368 grazing reserves in 25 states contained inciting, divisive and unfair comments.

Ilelah noted that the station violated six of its codes during the broadcast of the interview.


READ ALSO:

Sponsors of Boko Haram, terrorists are in Buhari’s government – Ex-Naval officer

Ortom should stop spreading fears about the president –Garba Shehu

For opposing grazing reserves, Buhari accuses Benue governor of promoting anti-Fulani agenda


- Advertisement -

“The National Broadcasting Commission monitors the broadcast of your program Sunrise Daily between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday,” it said.

“The programme which had as guest the executive governor of Benue state governor Samuel Ortom was observed to contain inciting divisive and unfair comments which were not thoroughly interrogated by the anchors,” the NBC said.

Within 24 hours of receiving its letter, the commission asked Channels TV to explain why it should not be sanctioned.

Ortom had, during the interview which aired on Tuesday, expressed his disappointment with President Buhari over his insistence to revive the grazing sites, which experts had said died immediately after the country’s independence.

Ortom noted that Buhari’s decision to continue with the programme despite its rejection by all stakeholders, including the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), the Southern Governors Forum and Miyatti Allah, meant that Buhari had an agenda to ‘Fulanise’ Nigeria.

He said the president’s decision was unconstitutional and he should apologise to all Nigerians.

“I’m disappointed with the presidency. One would expect that we’re in a democratic governance and the presidency would have understood this,” Ortom had said.

- Advertisement -

“I think Mr President was misquoted or he did it out of error. He should come out to apologise to Nigerians. There is no basis whatsoever for this to be going on when we have the constitution.”

Tempers have continued to flare across the country since President Buhari approved, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, the recommendations of a committee to review ‘with dispatch’ 368 grazing sites across 25 states in the country ‘to determine the levels of encroachment.’

The committee, chaired by Buhari’s Chief of Staff Ibrahim Gambari, had recommended collecting field data on 368 grazing reserves across 25 states to assess encroachment and encroachers, stakeholder engagements, and sensitisation.

The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has described the president’s decision as a sweet pipe dream in a fool’s paradise.

Afenifere’s Secretary-General Olusola Ebiseni, in a statement on Friday, said Buhari was wasting taxpayers’ scarce resources on a programme whose conception lacked all conceivable growth capacity.

Vincent Ufuoma is a reporter with The ICIR. He is a lover of God, truth, knowledge and justice.

If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support the ICIR

We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

Recent

Forty persons dead in Kano boat mishap

FORTY persons have lost their lives to a tragic boat mishap in Kano State. Chief...

NCDC confirms two cases of Omicron variant in Nigeria

THE Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed the first two cases of...

White paper: Lagos govt describes Lekki Toll Gate killings as ‘assumptions’

THE Lagos State Government has rejected that nine persons were killed when the Nigerian...

Wike’s N7bn suit against ThisDay newspaper adjourned to January 2022

A N7 billion libel suit against ThisDay newspaper and its management has been adjourned...

Borno government commits 14% of 2022 budget to education

THE Borno State Government has earmarked 14.2 per cent of its 2022 budget to...
Advertisement

Most Read

Advertisement

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisement