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President-elect Muhammadu Buhari‘s security operatives have reportedly barred  the television crew of African Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities.

According to Punch, the security team cited “adverse security reports and ethical issues as reasons for their action.”

The AIT crew was said to have been informed of the directive on Monday when they visited Defence House, venue of a meeting between Buhari and a visiting Cuban delegation, led by its Ambassador to Nigeria. The crew was reportedly asked to leave the vicinity “until further notice.”

Speaking to newsmen off the record, one of the members of the the crew said, “Yes, we were told but we cannot just leave; we have a job to do. In any case, we have not been officially informed about what we have done wrong.”

Director of Press of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the news.

“AIT has been asked to stay aside based on security and family concerns. In addition, General Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics.

We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter but for now, the station has been asked to stay aside because, like I said, there are some family and security concerns.

“They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards,” he said.

97 Comments

  1. Mimi

    April 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

    And…..it has began….hehehehe, let’s all hold on tight so we don’t fall off

    • GN

      April 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

      “… It has ‘begun'”

    • Taipan

      April 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Round 1, …. Unsure of finding chibok girls, you will probe the 20billion, we shouldn’t expect miracles, now AIT shouldn’t cover your activities forgetting you are no longer Buhari but now the President (elect) of Nigeria..is this the (CHANGE?) ….lemme predict round 2 if sworn in …..ban of facebook twitter insta Ikeji Bella naija etc, ban of freedom of speech, Islamizing Nigeria etc…..

    • Shopperoflife

      April 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      We refuse to tip toe around this man. Nigerians hv enjoyed freedom of speech and 20 Buhari’s cannot take this away. Sooo, if he bans all news media that criticise him then it’s propaganda all the way. Did Tinubu not call Jonathan a drunkard from Otuoke? Heavens did not fall. When we call Tinubu a cocaine dealer he rushes to court. Let Buhari drink ice water when we call him a despot. Otherwise, he is playing with CA. I rest my case.

  2. zinnypearl

    April 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

    for what now every body must not support you during campaign

    • glo

      April 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Yes, If i were to be him, i will do same. the documentary they aired about him during campaign was just too bad, he is human, he has flesh and blood too. AIT did not work with ethics of braodcasting

    • bob

      April 29, 2015 at 1:16 am

      Actully, ait where within the law to report those things… it is true buhari was a military dictator, he jailed Fela Kuti for speaking out against injustice and criticizing government. Nigerians believed buhari has changed that’s why the voted for him into office, but to bar ait is proving the documentary right… and you should see what was written and said about Jonathan. if the press broadcast something wrong about you then follow proper channels and take them to court.

    • MTN

      April 29, 2015 at 9:05 am

      @glo, campaign don Finnish. This is now reality. Buhari thot this was 1983 but guess what, like someone said on this blog sometime ago, Buhari don buy market let him embrace all that comes with his victory make him no die before him tim

  3. Noms

    April 28, 2015 at 8:59 am

    SMH….
    Dividends of change.
    He hasn’t been sown in and this….
    Sitdon look…
    More to come
    I want to believe this is coming from the videos shown by AIT during the campaigns.
    GEJ is one of the most insulted presidents ever,things were said about him and his family(true or false), Mama Peace blunders were inspiration for some people songs and even ring back tunes but he didn’t ban any media house from covering his events(I stand to be corrected).
    So where is the freedom of speech?
    Like someone said on another platform, when GMB calls for a press conference and nobody shows up, then he will know what this is about. Okay, TVC will show up.
    God help us.

  4. fcokanu

    April 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

    See these ones oh. When they were slandering Buhari with FG backing they didn’t know. They even accuse APC of hacking their Opinion Poll. Now they’re looking for realignment? They should better learn how to be opposition media from TVC, they have at least four years to do this. Goodluck Dokpesi 🙂

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      April 28, 2015 at 9:31 am

      ^^ You don’t understand democracy. You are only celebrating because you assume APC will do something that no other party in Africa has been able to do, be devoid of corruption. And the best way to hide corruption is by silencing and phasing out your critics.

    • fcokanu

      April 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

      You don’t know me so don’t know that I assume. I don’t understand democracy? Have you met me? Anyways, criticism does not extend to abusing the memory of his late wife and daughter

      P.S: “APC, is not the party of saints. Buhari is not the Pope” – Fayemi

    • NinjaChic

      April 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

      You’re the one who doesn’t understand what democracy. As the president-elect, GMB is still a private citizen and is within is rights to turn away or allow whomever he pleases into his home. No infringement of any freedoms here, rather he has protected his own constitutional right to privacy (esp. from slanderers and rumour-mongers) which he still has until May 29.

    • Nahum

      April 28, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Exactly!!! GMB is still a private citizen, so until May 29th, he CAN actually bar AIT and it is definitely not undemocratic. He is not punishing them, he wants to have a tete-a-tete with Dokpesi about ethics. By May 29th, when he becomes a public figure, Dokpesi would have gotten the message. No matter who you support during elections, you must NEVER EVER make reference to a man’s dead child. That is crossing the line and he has every right not to have anything to do with AIT.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      April 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Private citizen? Stop with the weak excuses.

      He is the President-Elect of Nigeria who is meeting officials from other countries in a building built on Nigerian money and being protected by security paid for by Nigerians.

      He is not and I repeat “a private citizen” he is the President Elect of the most populous nation in Africa and everything he says or does can and should be criticized!

    • Passerby

      April 29, 2015 at 2:54 am

      THANK YOU OKECHUKWU! You really took the words from my mouth. The man is meeting with officials from other countries and has access to classified information and they are here claiming private citizens. Y’all are weak with these silly justifications for a clear infringement on the peoples right to freedom of speech. But Kontinu, we are all watching, May 29th is around the corner

    • Reverse

      April 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Who has been more slandered than GEJ and his wife? Whether he likes it or not, one of the hallmarks of democracy is a free press! If Buhari thinks this is 1983, he had better wake up from his slumber… Nigerians aren’t so docile anymore

    • Hakeem

      April 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Is that what some idiots call press freedom? where some hungry A.I.T press boys air insults, lies and other terrible things about a candidate seeking an elective position? Is that how it is practiced in sane countries?

    • Bruness

      April 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Whatever it is Buhari or apc was accused of doesnt warrant barring them cos of family and security concern, freedom of speech taken too far is one of the downside of democracy, I didn’t see Gej or his wife hacking heads off for jests and demeaning insults thrown @ them via media, besides what ait aired about Buhari was true, it’s just that going @ him with it in a democratic era and during election campaign period was leaning seriously towards character assassination, it was bad journalism. I hope Buhari isn’t going to waste his energy going after people who hurt his feelings, in a democratic setting you have to take a whole lot with a pinch of salt, for the next 4 years you will be criticized even by some of your supporters and people who voted you in. In this case just go ahead and rearrange issues concerning standards and ethics without having to barr any specific media house when they cross that line Ehen!! You can come for their head.

  5. jayboogie

    April 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

    AH !!!!! Baba Buhari, ascend the throne first na , hmmmm

  6. Beeeee

    April 28, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Lmao…[email protected] Mimi, it haff not only began, it haff beganded…#fastenyourseatbelts guys…….I will relax small because BN used the word “reportedly”…lets wait for the official confirmation….every tom, dick, harry, ekaette, funke, ebitimi, aisha, chinedu, and akpororo insulted President Jonathan, his wife and children constantly for 5 years, no one was barred from covering events and no one landed in jail for reporting news (true or false)……. if this is true, I laugh in Isoko

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      April 28, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Wetin be REPORTEDLY in the same article that read “Director of Press of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, CONFIRMED the news.”

    • Beeeee

      April 28, 2015 at 11:18 am

      My dear, in this day and age, tomorrow now this same Director will say he wasn’t the one who said it…..lol

    • Ada Ada

      April 28, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Lol…………..I laugh in Igala too

    • Heartless

      April 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

      GEJ was never insulted on national television, get your facts right biko. I happened to be in Nigeria around the period of the campaigns and some of the programs and advertisements AIT aired were libellous. They deserve what they get.

    • Beeeee

      April 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

      So according to you, the fact that he was not insulted on national tv, makes the insults okay? Biko, you get your facts right. GEJ was insulted everywhere, whether worldwide television, national television, social media, state television, local government television, village television, babalawo television, etc ….Mister/Madam, visitor to Nigeria during election period. I was not talking about him being insulted just during the election period. I said he was insulted for years. I have been in Nigeria for at least 3 years. Whether na libellous or truebellous, my point is GEJ is/was probably the most insulted President in the History of Nigeria if not Africa and even then, no one was barred/banned/etc. Did APC not run negative campaigns against Jonathan was well?Its politics! Who leaked the tape that cause Nixon to step down as President of the United States, his friends?

    • Free Spirit

      April 28, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      @ Beeeeee! That’s incorrect. You can say Gej was probably the most criticized president in Nigerian history as every policy was scrutinized in the court of public opinion. However he definitely was not the most abused.. Nigerians have such short memories and have forgotten how they insulted the heck out of obasanjo. People always said he was ugly and i remember all the jokes Ali Baba, I go dye, Basketmouth e.t.c made about how stingy he was and so on. His cartoon caricatures were the worst I have seen personally. He never punished anybody for insulting him either. All this victimised person’s card people normally play on behalf of president jonathan in simply fallacy.

  7. libby

    April 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Hmm….. looks like it’s going to be an interesting 4 years…..

  8. Ayo

    April 28, 2015 at 9:04 am

    This is a dictator reinforcement. So bad. He can never accept condemnation and critics like Jonathan did. We voted him but we don’t support this. We must be very careful dealing with this man.

  9. Justme

    April 28, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Do you believe that an old dog can learn new tricks? Inhabit and watch as events unfold.

  10. ceetoo

    April 28, 2015 at 9:07 am

    They should go to the events as MiTV or Galaxy (those ones no dey go anywhere anyway…)
    AIT had it coming they went to far for their love of money… But GMB we expect you to be a bigger man… you are the boss haba, I know say that documentary pain you well well, but success (victory in this case) is the best form of revenge… let it go! .
    Make una pity Dopkesi he na AGIP – Any Govt. In Power. he has no loyalty to Jona or anybody for that matter his loyalty is to his POCKET only. let leave these petty things and work toward building a great nation together…

  11. daihorlar

    April 28, 2015 at 9:09 am

    AIT has. Always been controversial!!!! Still find it a lil bit difficult they are still operating! They should turn the place to poultry! Almost “Mr president” please calm down, it haf not rech that na!

  12. Ifunanya

    April 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Hihihihihohoho. I laugh in swahili. Nke a ka bu mbido. (this is just the begining).

    Buhari, this is Democracy not family business. Didn’t your people show hate videos and songs about Jona and mama Peace?

  13. Missy J

    April 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

    This is even coming late sef, he should have done it sinceeeeeeee. AIT should go and get its standards right while reputable stations like ChannelTV does the covering. Their passion for money outweighed that of professionalism and humanity(went as far to mock his late daughter and wife so yep his family has to be shield from them)

    Defamation of character pre-election and after election you want to dine with me ..lie lie!! it doesn’t work that way, if you want to be against me do it with all your might and stand by it. Its time for uprightness.

    And before you people come for Buhari he only barred them from covering HIS activities and that is very well within his rights. Just like Omawumi saying to BN ” Bella Naija don’t cover my wedding” No be by force.

    Let us use the media professionally.

    • Ese

      April 28, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      You have spoken very well…

  14. TK

    April 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

    The tyrant is back! I pray daily that we Nigerians do not regret giving power to him! Sai Baba, Sai Wahala

    • Paloma

      April 28, 2015 at 10:45 am

      abeg lets hear word jare!

  15. prince

    April 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I know this will sure come, cos I will be so disappointed if he didn’t do that. Journalism is not suppose to be bias and base on falsehood. AIT totally missed it big time during the campaign and show where their loyalty lies, they prove to the world how unprofessional they are. This is a good one for me

  16. ladym

    April 28, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I just have to laugh. All the people that were shouting change. This is definitely the beginning of change. Yes I know Jonathan made a lot of mistakes but what I couldn’t stand was the painting of Buhari as the saviour of our time. The truth is Jonathan and Buhari were just too terrible options. None was better than the the other. A se se bere ni o. the next thing is the banning of twitter.

  17. lola

    April 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

    When AIT refuse to comply with the ethics of journalism,why won’t they be bar?

  18. Someone Naughty

    April 28, 2015 at 9:26 am

    And so it begins…
    You who were shouting ‘Sai Buhari’, where una dey?
    What happened to freedom on the press. Even if AIT spoke ill or commited slander against him, he could have taken them to court like Tinubu did not ban them.
    I hope Nigeria has not entered ‘one-chance’ again oh

    • Truth Teller

      April 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

      @Someone naughty, we dey kampé, sai Buhari! He remains a private citizen until May 29th and is fully within his rights. Away with pessimists!

    • Sandi

      April 28, 2015 at 11:35 am

      He is not a private citizen. He is President elect. He is currently living in State house funded by taxpayers. He has no right to bar/ban any media

  19. Tina David

    April 28, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Heheheheeee !!!!! you people should stop being naive……………………..what do you expect him to do ?To allow AIT cover his activity after slandering him which is against the ethics of broadcasting ,abeg una bad belle too much .AIT WILL SUFFER FROM BEING UNETHICAL THAT WILL BE A LESSON TO ALL.

  20. OD

    April 28, 2015 at 9:31 am

    We took the freedom of speech and information for grant and insulted GEJ and his family anyhow throughout his tenure. If Buhari will not accept that, we shuold not curse him out.

    • anonymous

      April 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Tina David and OD, Fear haff catch me with this your statement.

      Tina David “AIT will suffer. Lesson to All?’ thought we were a democracy? and if AIT suffers, what happens to the people they employed?, they join the over saturated Labor market? I forgot, the government has promised to pay them abi? all these taking a toll on our economy with the dwindling oil prices.

      OD so you know we insulted GEJ anyhow and Buhari will not accept?, how, by cramping and punishing pple? Eku Democracy oh..

    • OD

      April 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

      @anonymous. awa ni yen o. Democracy a gbe wa o. Lol

  21. Diddy

    April 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Mr president elect,u have better things to face not flexing ur muscle towards the media,pls dont even waste ur time making unecessary trouble with the media cos this is not military rule where u can abuse power,and moreover the media houses both local and international will frustrate ur regime if u try such.

  22. Bandele

    April 28, 2015 at 9:38 am

    For God’s sake the man is still a private citizen (until May 29th at least) and has asked that a particular media house be excluded from his events till they sort out their issues bordering on standards and ethics.. This has absolutely nothing to do with press freedom.
    Now we all know that AIT scrapes the bottom of the barrel when it comes to journalistic ethics. For all the critics shouting blue murder and calling the General a dictator; where were they when the station single-handedly ran a campaign of calumny and lies against the man during his campaign; including members of his family, some of whom are deceased. This action is a far cry from shutting down a TV station or influencing media coverage which the government of the day has shamelessly done through the NTA for years. People need to learn we DO NOT operate in a consequence-free society. So please let these critics take several seats and forget this none-news . There are clearly more pressing matters like ermm for instance how one Diezianni has been pissing away our money for years like it was her personal property.. Enough said.

  23. JAYNNE

    April 28, 2015 at 9:39 am

    oya na ”change” has come

  24. prinvesslizzy

    April 28, 2015 at 9:47 am

    There is difference between Bar and Ban. He didn’t ban them, but bar them from covering his family activities.

    • anon

      April 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Please explain the difference between ban and bar. Ah, lemme hep you. Ban refers to an action or a thing whilst bar refers to a person. E.g. , Importation of Tokunbo cars is BANNED, therefore importers are BARRED from importing Tokunbo cars. Now tell me whether there’s truly any difference.

  25. Anonymous

    April 28, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Whilst I understand the need to respect those in authority, there is no reason for buhari to do such to AIT. You people that were screaming “change”… I cannot wait for the truth to come out. This man is the WORST kind of dictator there is but of course you wanted to “prove” your votes count so you didn’t mind replacing a bad leader with someone a million times worse LOL. I pity all of you.

  26. Olori Tari

    April 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    NTA is a national company, I can ‘understand ‘ why they decided to go unethical and unprofessional during the election period. But AIT…still can’t wrap my head around such hate filled campaign. They abused & denigrated his late wife/daughter (mocked his daughters sickness),told lies against him and said he will die. It’s not easy to unlook such personal attacks. Even Fox News that they said picked on Obama didn’t outright attack his family. Even at that in 2009 the white house tried to boycott FoxNews? In fact, seeing that we now know AIT can do anything for money…is it even safe for them to be miles away from someone? They predicted Baba’s death o…

    If this claim is true (not sure)…Maybe this isn’t the best way to start but he is well within his rights to give such. Before you start raving, he didn’t ban AIT from existing or anything…it is “don’t cover my OWN activities for now” till we resolve our issues. As of today, Buhari is a private citizen till May 29 and he is very much allowed. Now, he should leave it for the NBC to look into it. The only bad thing is that almost every organisation/body in Nigeria is corrupt and politicised.

    Forget Buhari and AIT (they go dey alright) I’m more interested in the NNPC audit report… I’m not done here and I have a damn headache! This one affects us directly…

    • NinjaChic

      April 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Well said. It appears most people are not aware of how freedoms work and the extent to which they apply to private and public citizens.

    • OD

      April 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      @Olori Tari, God bless you for this write up. Some of us critising this man cannot even stand being refered to as stupid or foolish, we would go gaga. A lot of us did not follow the campaign to know the gravity of what AIT did to this man during the campaign. AIT went too personal abeg.
      Because it is Democracy that is why he should take shit? What you cannot take don’t do to others.

  27. Personal Signature

    April 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Seems many don’t even think before they comment

    Was any other station/Broadcasting corporation that was present ordered out of the venue? Why was it AIT alone that was ordered out?

    What you sow you will reap. AIT is not a neutral station. They collected a lot of money from this administration to slander the opposition. Their hate campaign was too much. AIT went too far

    Apart from being partisan, as an individual, you can dictate to what extent you want any BC to cover you. He is still an individual not a public officer yet. When he assumes office, then AIT can go cover whatever they want.

  28. Biafran Baby

    April 28, 2015 at 10:02 am

    What did AIT do that sahara reporters, BBC hausa and co didn’t do to jonathan. Well I just siddon dey look as I watch this impending doom for afar!!!!!

  29. max

    April 28, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Buhari is yet to be sworn in,but now carries out functions on behalf of the NBC,Smh.

  30. Gbemi

    April 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I just read that he barred them from HIS PERSONAL EVENT not a government event , it’s the same set of people shouting that he should wait to become president before playing the role, freedom of speech doesn’t mean I can’t stop you or anybody from attending or covering my personal event … Let’s not abuse the word freedom of the press , and while you are at it don’t forget there is also something like ethics of journalism.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      April 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Personal event and he is meeting with Ambassadors from other countries and using security detail of the Nigerian government. hmmm #ObservationNoBeCrime

  31. tunmi

    April 28, 2015 at 10:25 am

    1. He hasn’t been sworn in
    2. Calm down with the panic

  32. NinjaChic

    April 28, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I’m constantly baffled by the ignorance displayed in many comments on BN from enlightened readers. I’m assuming that most BN readers are over 21 (I could be wrong). At this age, one should have at least a basic grasp of constitutional law, more so if you’re going to comment on political issues. I commented earlier that as the president-elect, GMB is still a private citizen and is within his rights to turn away or allow whomever he pleases into his home. No freedoms have been infringed here as it is not possible in this scenario. Rather he has protected his own constitutional right to privacy (esp. from slanderers and rumour-mongers) which he still has until May 29. Someone said he should wait until then to start such bans when that is exactly when he cannot take such actions. If he does this after the handover, then it will be an infringement of the constitution and such action must be challenged/called into question if we want our constitution to remain supreme. Right now, he doesn’t even have a public office, so all the noise here is just a storm in a teacup.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      April 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      So if Buhari states from his private residence that he does not care about finding the Chibok girls, we should all wait till May 29th before we criticize him #DemoCrazy

    • Anon

      April 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      ‘Defence House’…,,,,,,,Cuban delegation led by her ambassador ..,,,,,,,,
      Maybe I’m missing something here how is this a personal event

    • Oma

      April 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      you like assuming people are not educated, or do not know enough about politics or history or what what

      i ask you, all the meetings he has been having with institutions and foreign delegates, was it in a private capacity, are his security details paid for privately, please call a spade a spade and not a spoon Biko.

    • Precious

      April 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      He is not acting like a private citizen. He talks about national issues all the time, so his privacy is stripped off. In this meeting, he won’t be talking about his family, he would be talking about Nigeria.

  33. Lolo

    April 28, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I hope he bans Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, in short all, let all the ‘change people’ see something.

  34. i no send

    April 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    He barred them from a Personal event which is well within his right to do ..Cool down people and get the facts y’all are so fidgety kai….

  35. Somebody

    April 28, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Buhari has shown by this act that he is not a born again democrat as he led us to believe. I understand the need for AIT to be punished but what is expected in a democratic society is for APC to alert us that they have issued a formal complaint at NBC against APC because of their professionalism etc. NBC should be left to deal with them – Buhari can even secretly influence NBC to be very harsh on AIT but no he cannot openly come and tell us he has barred AIT and then people clap for him. If it is security issues he has with them, he knows who to contact at SSS and NiA to register his complaints. There is nothing right about this – absolutely nothing. Just like APC offered to give PDP lessons on being an opposition. I expect similar lessons for Buhari to understand the difference between a dictatorship and democracy. It is still early days and I truly hope Buhari can deliver. But we asked for change – change from the norm, the ability to be rise above pettiness and accept criticism are all qualities a leader should have. If Buhari knows he cannot learn new tricks at his age, he should let us know so we can vote him out in 4 years.

  36. Ebiere

    April 28, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I believe people do not understand the meaning of PERSONAL events….buhari is not the president so he does not have the power yet to ban them from Government related events. This is purely PERSONAL. if you watched the documentary, you’ll see that PDP went too far involving his late wife and child(those memories ought to be respected). They tried to stain his image. You would think that NBC will take this up against them but no ooo they are still focused on banning irrelevant music videos. The man took a good step if you ask me, who knows what they might bring up at those events#they are lucky he didn’t sue them

    • Sandi

      April 28, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Thank you. Dude is living in a State house funded by taxpayers, meeting with foreign diplomats in the official capacity as President elect and people think he has the right to bar media from covering State events.

      Please people the moment he accepted the certificate of return as President elect, he stopped being a private citizen.

  37. Paloma

    April 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

    It’s only in Nigeria I saw a TV station airing a fabrication Datamation documentary against a contested presidential candidate. Something that never happen in any Western world. CNN, BBC, RAI, CTV, CBC. Never involved in such activities and most of all, while must TV station as big as AIT is should involved in such thing all because of Money. That mean such TV station can as well sell Nigeria image to other country because of money. shame unto those in support of AIT for being BAN and NTA should follow as well. – Elizab

    • Sandi

      April 28, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Obviously it isn’t a fabrication. This move right here has given AIT justification.
      And Fox news defames Obama all the time. MSNBC defamed Bush all the time. No ban

    • Palomamania

      April 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Bia, Paloma wish sku u go? This ur write up na wah! Try write for pidgin like me. English nobi by force.

  38. Barrister

    April 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Nigerians have decided to stop reading haba! Buhari has banned ait from covering his activities, ok if he prefers Cnn, bbc,Ebonylife or channels is dat your problem? Cant you read the story before jumping to conclusions? Did he ban ait from opening their doors and media business? Pls i will only call the photographer who snaps good pictures of me for my baby dedication. Thats all. As ait thoroughly enjoyed Gej time make other media houses too enjoy Gmb. Abi nah only them waka come?

    • Sandi

      April 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

      His activities are govt activities. He doesn’t have a say in regards to that

    • Flo

      April 28, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Errr Barrister…..let’s talk about that photographer bit….yea, I’ll handle your baby dedication pictures if you want….best quality guaranteed!

  39. Victoria

    April 28, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Don’t complain, the semi literate general has not even started yet……. what do you mean by freedom of information bill,…… interesting days ahead.

    • jefka

      April 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      and you are the full illiterate right?

  40. Remi

    April 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Na wa o! In a democratic country abi? Una Welcome to the the change o….

  41. Kunle

    April 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    In 2012 at the height of the campaign for Obama Re-election the FOX NEWS, the highest rated Cable News Television Station in the United States of America, starkly became the propaganda arm of the Republican Party.

    It did despicable things to Obama as catalogued here. Yet it got no ban from President Obama. It retained its pass to the Presidential Mansion. It participates in Presidential Press Conferences. The only consequence it suffered is that President Obama refused to grant the network access to interview him! It is a given that the president can dispense access favours to whom he wills but what he cannot do is to estop a whole Network because of perceived slight to himself, from covering his activities. This is because to allow him to do so would lead to a slippery slope.

    For one it is AIT today. Who will it be tomorrow? Two, it would amount to giving him a very wide latitude to decide exactly what he wants the public to hear. It would mean allowing him to shop information to only organizations that he knows would say it exactly the way he wants it to be said whether the information is true or false. For three, The moment press houses are beginning to be afraid they would be banned from activities because of edgy reports against the government, is when censorship by indirect method begins. This is bad for transparency and accountability. And it is bad for democracy.

    Unless the President Elect has something he wants to hide from we that generously believed and donated our mandate to him, then there is nothing for him to be afraid of. He is setting a very bad example here. Democracy does not stops at free and credible elections. It goes further than that. It encompasses the entire system of governance where the government and the governed are expected to obey the spirit and the letters of the law. Where due process is followed in everything without recourse to fiatism. This is why we have the court of law. This smells of old fashioned impunity that we are used to in Nigeria and which we with a resoundingly loud voice kicked out of power in the last election. It shouldn’t be business as usual.

    The President Elect needs to correct this and fast too!

    • Bruness

      April 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      @ kunle a big hug, you said it and said it well!!!!

  42. ednutey

    April 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Even Ben Bruce(a PDP candidate and the owner of STV) didn’t allow such hate to be aired on STV,did they tell you he created his own common-sense?.Even TVC didn’t air such hate campaigns against GEJ.

    Pls, there are far more important things to be worried about,GMB has a lot of serious work cut-out for him than all these Fayoses,Doyin Okupes and Abatis dropping comments under all sorts of names,dont go Wendel Simlin-ing us abeg…lol

  43. Tayo

    April 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Anyone that will support this action is an enemy of democracy, did I hear you say he his a private citizen…….from the moment he won the election , he has become a public property …for you pr information are you aware he his presently living at the defence guest house, and he his already using government property…..a dictator is always a dictator

  44. hiya

    April 28, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Well he banned TVC from covering federal ceremonies……..

  45. Beeeee

    April 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    *caused

  46. Chusweets

    April 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    E don start o!……Make we dey look.

  47. Ese

    April 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    GMB did this too late… the NTA also needs to be shut down. They all need to go learn about credible journalism devoid of ass licking. In the UK the BBC is own by the British Government doesn’t mean they’ll kiss Cameron or the Coservative partys ass. If someone was happy to carry derogatory documentaries about me and didnt think they should go find out the truth first but because of money sold their souls? i would do same even worse… Nigeria needs to be whipped into shape (me inclusive) we land in other countries abroad and behave, i had to ask one man once at JFK “”SO YOU CAN CONFORM, SHEY YOU WERE JUMPING QUEUES IN LAGOS””. RIDE ON SAI BABA…MAY 29TH WHERE ART THOU ABEG?

  48. My View

    April 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I have read so many comments on both sides with most saying that AIT aired biased documentaries against Buhari during the campaign and that media houses should be neutral in coverage of politics.

    All over the world, during campaigns and elections, some media houses choose to be neutral while some choose to take any side they want. That is part of politics and freedom of media so Nigeria is not left out in this. In US, Fox news, are always criticising the Democrats and they have taken Obama criticism to another level. They even abused him out rightly many times. It has also been alleged that they wrote his name as Barrack Hussien Osama at a time (whether that was intentional or not, I do not know).

    In the UK, The Sun newspapers always campaign against the Labour party.Recently it was reported in one of the UK dailies that Rupert Murdoch (owner of the Sun Newspapers who happened to be an Australian resident in United States told off The Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack the Labour party in the forth coming elections.

    Any media organisation can choose it’s affiliation as long as it does it’s activities within the rules of the regulatory body in charge.

    Some people also argued that Buhari remains a private citizen till May 29th and has the right to family and private affairs.

    My View

    Ait choose to ‘be against’ Buhari during the elections. I do not think they broke the Law. Punch, Nation, Sahara Reporters among others were on the other side which is also within their right. I will say that Channels played the neutral unbiased media during the election (also within their right).

    If Ait did not play to the NBC rules, Buhari, his family or APC can report them to NBC for appropriate sanctions.

    Buhari is no longer a private citizen. He has been receiving ambassadors from so many countries since he won election and those visits are not private visits. Ambassadors represent their countries in Nigeria so he is already have meetings as a Nigerian representative. The event AIT correspondent went to cover is not a private chat between Buhari and his family or their early morning family meditation. It was not even an APC meeting. He was receiving an Ambassador so that makes it an official event.

    One of the accusations against him during the campaign was the issue of Decree 4 used to suppress press freedom and having not been sworn in, showing this kind of sign though it might not be his motive may make a lot of people think that he is already showing signs of decree 4 again in agbada.

    So if he should ban AIT from covering his event because they aired malicious programmes against him, is he also going to deny the millions of people that voted against him their constitutional benefits because they did not vote for him?

    Abeg I don blow enough grammar…….make I go rest but if this tendency continue, I think there might still be freedom of speech in Nigeria in the next four years but what I am not sure again is the freedom after speech.

  49. Ese

    April 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    ”in the UK the BBC is owned””…

    besides he did not say “”I BAN THE AIT “” he only said they shouldn’t cover his events till they meet with his media team to IRON OUT THE GREY AREAS…People should always read the full story and not just the headlines alone.

  50. kk

    April 28, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    lmaaaaooo…i laugh in swahili!!!!! GMB go soon ban social media…lololol.Sai Baba…pahahahah

  51. Somebody

    April 28, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I did not make the comment above. It’s kind of annoying that a different commenter with an almost identical avatar can comment with your chosen id. Doesn’t that make the use of avatars redundant?

  52. Precious

    April 28, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Private citizen my foot. As a private citizen, he is talking about national issues, left, right and center, what he will do and will not do. If he is a private citizen, he should draw his blueprint in private and act it out from May 29. If he wants to be President-elect and is acting like one, his privacy has been stripped then.

  53. Kunle

    April 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    When we democrats questioned buhari’s antecedents , alot of you thought we were talking too much, this is very disrespectful to us Nigerians , whether you are PDP or APC, it doesn’t matter, nobody that loves democracy should even support this at all ….

    There is something about the Fulani people, that also feel they own Nigeria , from history, if you doubt me, kindly go on YouTube and watch how arrogant the late Ahmadu Bello was insulting the Ibos , they talk like every other part of Nigeria was joined to Nigeria to come and worship them….I think all the regions of Nigeria needs a referendum…… I don’t think we can go on like this, because with the high number of PVC registered and collected in the north west of. Nigeria , they will continue to use their numbers against the smaller minority in the south, even with way they treat the middle belt in the north is wrong

    Please Nigeria does not belong to the northern Fulani alone, we all have equal right in this country …rubbish

  54. supreme

    April 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    it is pity dat a pity can not pity what a pity can pity d problem with GMB and his followers is lacks education and proper exposure to civilization d question i expect all of to ask ur self is that documentary was it manufacture by AIT or it was given to them by a person pls u people should think deeply before u judge pls make use of ur brain AIT is private organisation doing their legal business as it enshrine by law they are not charity organisation if GMB is reasonable enough and for his action to be justifiable he GMB should have not accepted GEJ congratulative because the GEJ party also insulted him if GMB think that both AITand GEJ are together any of them instead accepting mother and punish the children is it reasonable or justifiable

  55. bob

    April 29, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Actully, ait where within the law to report those things… it is true buhari was a military dictator, he jailed Fela Kuti for speaking out against injustice and criticizing government. Nigerians believed buhari has changed that’s why the voted for him into office, but to bar ait is proving the documentary right… and you should see what was written and said about Jonathan. if the press broadcast something wrong about you then follow proper channels and take them to court.

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