The Government minister of Information and Civilisation, Lai Mohammed, has accused some broadcast media outfits of allowing Nigerians to employment their platform to castigate President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mohammed disclosed this at the 75th Full general Assembly of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria, BON, in Kano on Thur.
He also lamented that broadcast media houses allowed some Nigerians to employment their platforms to carry out divisive messages.
Mohammed urged broadcast stations to ensure that their platforms are used to serve both public and national interests, rather than the involvement of a few naysayers and agents of destabilization.
According to Mohammed: “Nowadays in Nigeria, some broadcast stations revel in lending their platforms to those whose stock-in-trade is to spew detest as good as angry and divisive rhetoric and misinformation. Someone went on national television to say that the ground forces officer that was abducted from the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna on Aug. 24, 2021, had been killed, only for the officer to be rescued alive shortly after.
“Some broadcast stations lent their platforms to a real senior public official whose stock-in-trade is divisive rhetoric and unjustified castigation of Mr. President. Of course of instruction, we cannot forget how a television station reported erroneously that the Ecumenical Centre in Abuja was set ablaze by hoodlums during the EndSar protestation, or how some other television station reported, also erroneously, that a workman atop a bank building in Lagos was a sniper. But for providence, these mistaken reports could have triggered an orgy of violence.
“Permit us, thus, resolve to employment our platforms to serve both public and national involvement, rather than the involvement of a few naysayers and agents of destabilization. Permit us harness the powerfulness of broadcasting to inform, educate and entertain our people in a positive way. Permit us deny dead-enders the employment of our various platforms. Permit us recall that it is because we have a country that we can have broadcast stations.”
Mohammed, nevertheless nonetheless, urged broadcasting outfits not to closed those critical of the Federal Authorities.
He said those preaching disunity, divisiveness, misinformation, and detest should not be allowed to employment private and public broadcast stations to attain their goals.
“Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, we are not asking you to closed out those who are critical of the authorities or those who have opposing views. All we are saying is that agents of disunity, divisiveness, misinformation and detest should not be allowed to employment private and public broadcast stations to attain their goals.
“On our section, we will go on to partner with BON, which we consider a dependable ally, to maintain the people adequately informed of the activities of the authorities, and also in the successful implementation of key projects similar the Digital Switch Over,” he said.
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