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Buhari Claims He Never Barred AIT from Covering his Activities



Buhari 2015 BN 10The President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to reports that he barred AIT – African Independent Television from covering his activities.

Premium Times reports,

In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, April 29, by the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Buhari aligned himself with the pronouncement of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC which had earlier expressed disagreement with the temporary barring of the African Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities.

“I would like everyone to henceforth stay within his/her defined area of responsibility,” Mr. Buhari said.

The president-elect added that his media team should be left to continue to deal with their media colleagues in the best possible way.

According to the statement, Buhari was neither consulted nor informed about the AIT barring, and only became aware of the matter after the public uproar it generated.

“The time of CHANGE has come,” he said, “and we must avoid making the same mistakes that the outgoing government made.”

 Source: Premium Times


  1. mee

    April 30, 2015 at 12:28 am

    “We must avoid making the same mistakes the past government made”mtceww please shut it

    • ShineShineShine

      April 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Wrongly worded response. The outgoing govt gave US PLENTY FREEDOM OF SPEECH. What u should hv said is that you hope not to repeat the mistakes u made in the past. Haba, you won why this bitterness? Me, l no understand again o.

    • molarah

      April 30, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      U sure about that? Meaning you have no memory of any arrests, intimidation, battery and killings of people trying to express their freedom of speech through demonstrations/protests during the previous administration? None at all? This selective amnesia is not profitable.

  2. cindy

    April 30, 2015 at 12:43 am

    What mistake did the outgoing government make? :/

  3. jannet

    April 30, 2015 at 3:21 am

    This baba get swag..abeg Clear road for him… yea.Time for change has come.

  4. Momo

    April 30, 2015 at 6:52 am

    “CLIAIMS”, bellanaija??? why not report the news as it is and let people make up their minds??

  5. Confuzzled

    April 30, 2015 at 7:33 am

    A few things:
    1. If there is such a thing as a sore winner, GMB might just be the definition. Keep the outgoing administration out of your mouth, focus on strategizing on how to deliver the change you promised. It just seems petty at this point.
    2. For all the people that blindly supported the banning, I hope this is a lesson for you. Wrong is wrong, and if we’re really true supporters, we should call our leaders out when they take the wrong path. Now that GMB has personally distanced himself from the AIT banning fiasco, do you still think banning AIT was right? If we don’t use this as a learning opportunity, we will allow much worse things to happen.
    3. I hope in the future he’s able to control his people well well, so they don’t run amok and start issuing decrees left, right, and center.

    • Beeeee

      April 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Kai……you have spoken the truth……the man is in love with GEJ ayyyy…..cos he can’t seem to keep talking about him. Campaigns are over. You have won. You should be talking about the future and what kind of change we should expect. I don’t gerrrrit. President Jonathan is the more mature one amongst the two. Buhari is just being petty.

    • Beeeee

      April 30, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Not keep, stop

    • Ceeeee

      April 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      He can only compare his government to GEJ’s, just the same way GEJ can only compare his to Obasanjo’s, for obvious reasons. Just incase you aren’t sure what the obvious reason is, he was voted in to fix and create a better Nigeria than the previous administration couldn’t build.

    • Bo

      April 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Amazing that we as Nigerians particularly the idiots that call what they say views can think. This man just said he didn’t know someone said that, but we should focus on change. Like what else should he have said really. For the those still focusing on Gej’s governance as good ….keep ur life with Gej’s will some of us have moved on.

  6. Tk

    April 30, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Buhari got elected by playing on the shortcomings of the outgoing goverment(Which my power thirsty must have been involved him) now he wants his tenure to be based on that? His every mistake? Rubbish!

  7. Taipan

    April 30, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Liar….because you saw the response of Nigerians, it it good you retraced your steps

    • ally farhi

      May 3, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Taipan, u really u hv bad home training! Hw can u call an elderly of above 70yrs….old enough to be a father to ur father a ‘Liar’! Even if GMB is a liar considering his age s Mr Taipan of good home upbringing would have a softer way of saying it. And I want to educate Mr Taipan on three things about the GMB in reference : 1. He is NOT corrupt, 2. He is NOT a coward and 3. He is NEVER a liar. U can investigate it from any angle Mr Taipan but with balance mind, pls!


    April 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

    GMB, this is just the beginning

  9. Missy J

    April 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Lol Buhari and his overzealous workers. I get, trying to protect their master from prospective danger.
    Till eternity I still see nothing wrong in barring AIT. It might not be appropriate but it isn’t WRONG.
    Yep, we must avoid making the same mistakes the out going government made. We shall live in continuous awareness of that.# To those it hurt take heart, certain things are inevitable. We have to keep making references to past governments in order to check the present one and avoid making the same mistake they did.

  10. DayoI

    April 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Every Nigerian knows that the outgoing government (not just GEJ or GEJ’s tenure) made mistakes when it come to the Press. So there is no harm in pointing that out.

    There have been several occasions where Journalists were held for no concrete reason under this present government (plenty info on google).
    Even during the election, Al Jazeera journalists were detained by government forces. That’s just one example of many.
    So, yes. Lets avoid making mistakes like these so we can be a reputable nation once again.

  11. ali abdul

    May 1, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    good to stop AIT

  12. ali abdul

    May 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    ait sometime they are not doing the right program about Buhari

  13. ally farhi

    May 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    The media handlers of GMB could be right with poisonous microphones n considering AIT posturing on GMB… is utmost!

  14. ally farhi

    May 3, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Do u really know the meaning of the word “petty”? I doubt it if u do! Cos if u do u will realise that GMB’s way of life is a complete opposite to pettiness. A no nonsense general n a dogged fighter – being associated with pettiness! It is un4tunate what myopic brain full of sentiments can generate!

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