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Buhari Rescinds Ban on Africa Independent Television

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Following public outrage over reports that president-elect Muhammadu Buhari barred  the television crew of African Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities, Buhari has reportedly called off the ban.

Here is the statement APC released on the matter, as reported by Sahara Reporters:

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that all accredited media organizations in the country, including the African Independent Television (AIT), are free to cover the activities of the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the incoming Buhari Administration will not discriminate against any media organization,
irrespective of its role during the electioneering campaign leading up to the recent polls.

It however enjoined all media organizations to observe the highest level of professional standards in carrying out their duties.

”There is a Code of Ethics guiding the practice of journalism in Nigeria, and this demands every journalist to ensure a strict adherence to the highest levels of ethics and professionalism in carrying out their duties.

”There must be repercussions, within the realms of the law, for media organizations which have wantonly breached the Code of Ethics of the journalism profession and turned themselves to partisans instead of professionals. But such repercussions will not include barring any accredited media organization from covering the activities of the President-elect,” APC said.

42 Comments

  1. Marv

    April 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    This is gonna be a REALLY INTERESTING 4 LONNNG years. We are watching…

  2. 71

    April 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    You’re not even president yet and you are already putting ban on AIT… Hmm

    • Shineshineshine

      April 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Winch cry yesterday, pikin die today……In OBJ’s voice “I dey laugh o” . The Monster is already Growling.

    • ShineShineShine

      April 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      All of you commenting here using pseudo names like ShineShineShine, anon (the not so nice one plus the real anon and the Real nice anon) henceforth, like l read elsewhere, pls. Use ur real names, include ur house address, Mobile phone number and DOB. No more hiding place for ya all. The days of bashing anybody and everybody anyhow is over. Now everybody forward March!

  3. bibie

    April 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    lol. wisdom is profitable to direct

  4. Beeeee

    April 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    SMDH

  5. Endy

    April 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Pls somebody should tell this power drunk old man that this is not military regime…..we are watching,I never like u from the beginning, Bokoharam Godfather

    • Chinwe

      April 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      We need iron hand in naija bcos some ppl think they are above the law. If I were GMB, the ban will remain until AIT breach of ethics is addressed

    • Shopperoflife

      April 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Really? It is called freedom of speech. AIT is a business concern and if you are able to pay for its services, you should be served! Buhari is a desport and it is going to take more than winning an election for him to change. I hope Nigerians will in good conscience be vocal in the next four years. When l say vocal, l mean vocal in every which way. Let Buhari do his job. We refuse to tip toe around this President. He has a lot to do to earn our trust. Period!

    • nnenne

      April 29, 2015 at 1:01 am

      @Chinwe… You are so wrong, dear!
      In the year, 2015, it’s called freedom of speech.
      As long as the leader is doing the right things, he does not have to worry. The truth will always come out.

    • babes

      April 29, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      chinwe..u re so right.AIT enjoyed unncessary benefits during GEJ regime and for a public business you dont have to be used to play politics.silver bird was diplomatic but we all know where dey belon to.LTV 8 that is even obvious didnt carry unnecessary propaganda of the opposite perty,Tvc said to belong to tinubu aired the election procedings without favourism.AIT lacks business sense and trust me they might run out of business soon.

    • Alege Tajudeen

      April 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      What did your ogogoro brother Mr Otueke did with Nigeria money is even worse that the ban on AIT

    • Seriously

      April 28, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      The fact that he rescind the ban shows he’s not as power man as someone who will sneakily be power tripping but act quiet and shyt in public. I’m talking about Jonathan ebele Goodluck.

    • Warizdis

      April 28, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      @Seriously Now, you of all people should not talk in public. Child, what school did you go to? Ur owners sure do hv plenty of work to do yet

    • Seriously

      April 28, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      @warisdiz

      Wth did you just write? Your comment is confusing.

    • Omotee

      April 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      I don’t even have words for you. It’s people like you that should work in AIT, republic of anyhowness. No decorum. No manner. No sense. Cant you see that other people are criticizing with sense? But you, no. God forbid that you actually use your brain to engage in coversations.

  6. mama ovie

    April 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    This man

  7. kikiki

    April 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Changing mouth thinz!

    A leopard cant change it spots. APC will counter so many misadministration of Febuari.

    Can a tyrant become a democrat? Kikiki
    Idiamin,Charles Taylor,Mugabe,Saddam,Gadafi,Buhari?

    • uju

      April 29, 2015 at 4:55 am

      did any of the above men try to be a democrat? Buhari is also has feelings, AIT really went h.a.m on him and his family. He gave into his urges,you people expressed your outrage and he corrected himself . The public should not disengage themselves because the elections are over ! Keep talking that’s the only way real change can come

  8. Iris

    April 28, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Hehhhhhnnn. This is what I was worried about O. Heeeehnnn!!!!

  9. Opsy

    April 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    @71: He ‘put a ban on AIT’?
    Maybe you should get your facts right before speaking/typing! *kmft*

  10. Keziah

    April 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Bella can you please introduce the Hate/Dislike this button!!

  11. ogeAdiro

    April 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    At least, Buhari and his people appear to be engaged. Goodluck and his people appeared to be an unresponsive bunch.
    But Buhari, you’ll need to warn yourself, because Nigerians have drunk from the well of freedom and I won”t be surprised if they go to violent extremes to protect it.

  12. INNOCENT

    April 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    TO SET THE RECORDS STRAIGHT WAS THERE REALLY A BAN AT THE FIRST INSTANCE?

    • NaijaPikin

      April 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      I’m wondering the same

  13. Chinwe

    April 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    We need iron hand in naija bcos some ppl think they are above the law. If I were GMB, the ban will remain until AIT breach of ethics is addressed

    • worriedforchinwe

      April 29, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Can you stop pretending to be a Chinwe

  14. ola

    April 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    atleast it shows he is listening and willing to take corrections,unlike GEJ govt that has no listening ears

  15. Abolaji

    April 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I laff in Frensh

  16. Noms

    April 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Bet y?
    Where are all the people saying he is still”a private person” and has the right to who covers his activities.
    This is medicine after “faint” at least we just missed one of his meetings.
    All this “changing mouth tinz” I guess it goes with the slogan of the party.
    APC should check whatever our president-elect will be saying hence forth to avoid stories that touch.
    If the ban had to do with something irrevocable,like loss of life, nor be this one when we dey talk sooo.
    It’s going to be an interesting 4years ride.
    As Nigerians,we now know that our voices can be heard and we make the difference .

  17. Wale

    April 28, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    AIT reminds me of FOX. Ewwww!

  18. Taipan!

    April 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    The drama keeps unfolding….4 years plenty oh ……the next ban will be social media, and we won’t have where to complain….then will be visiting each other saying….””I say make i ping you”””…hahahaha

    • Ifunanya

      April 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      You cracked me up big time! Jeeeeez!

  19. edny

    April 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Dunno what some people think but AIT does not expect to be treated with respect. They threw away ethics for money and fed us with biased rubbish. There are people that expect a level of professionalism from the 4th realm Ait included. Buharis aides have acted emotionally but i am impressed the party took over the situation. The difference though is that GMBs aide knew what he wanted and told the press to quote him after giving reasons for telling ait to step aside unlike the dithering and fumbling assuming it was GEJS aides in time like this. Dokpesi tooK PDPS money to dish the dirt on APC and now he is feeling the heat.

    • nnenne

      April 29, 2015 at 1:14 am

      @edny…Is Buhari God, that no one dare say/write things about him?
      Please it was wrong to stop A IT from attending the conference. Buhari has realized this that’s why he rescinded. You forgot all the criticisms that GET went through? You thought they were all true? No matter how you limit journalist, expect criticisms or it will no longer be a democracy.

  20. harrison

    April 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE, APC OR PDP JUST NOTE THAT NAGERIA IS NOT A NAME OF ANY PARTY PLEASE STOP DISTURBING US AS IF NIGERIA IS PERSONAL PROPERTY. PDP HAS JUST RIGHTLY SAID THAT NIGERIA IS NOT THEIR FATHERS ESTATE AND ACTED ON THAT. PLEASSSSSEEEEE. CHANEL TV COVERED FOR APC AND THERE ARE SO MANY INSTANCES WHERE THEY DID IT WRONG AND NOBODY BAN THEM AND IF AIT COVERED FOR PDP NOW THEY ARE BAN ITS REALLY INFORTUNATE. THAT SOONEST WE WILL NOT HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH NOT EVEN IN PROPAGANDING AS DEMOCRACY SAYS IT

    • nnenne

      April 29, 2015 at 1:21 am

      @Harrison…You forgot Sahara TV. Their bias was so obvious that even the blind knew they were covering for APC. Yet GEJ’s administration did nothing to them.
      Some of the comments here suggests how uncivilized and/ or biased our people are.
      Sad, much..

  21. Stanley ogun

    April 28, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I think baba need course on anger mgt & orientation on press freedom..

  22. Mimi

    April 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    APC trying to tame the tyrant….lol…..lets see how far they will go.

  23. Joe

    April 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    @ Edny, if you like u can go ahead and like your comment a million times, that’s your business…..rubbish

  24. truenigerian

    April 28, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    This is what happens when you package an explosive called Buhari and sold to Nigeria as a democrat.

    Lai Mohammed need to urgently enroll in Harvard Business School for a crash DAMAGE CONTROL COURSE.

  25. Sunshine

    April 29, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Buhari should accomodate AIT due to freedom of speech. All he needs to do is “planned ignore” strategy where they are present but you dont grant them interview or call on them to ask you questions. They will spend their time warming the media chair with no interaction with the president Obama drives fox news crazy this way and it works very well.

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