President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Balarabe Ilelah, a veteran broadcaster as the director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed announced the appointment in a statement issued in Abuja today, Friday, June 11.
The statement was signed and made available by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture.
Mohammed, in the statement, explained that Ilelah’s appointment was for five years tenure in the first instance.
The directive was contained in a statement issued by its director general, Armstrong Idachaba, on Monday morning, June 7.
Idachaba said television and radio stations are urged to de-install twitter handles and “desist from using twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for News and programmes presentation especially Phone-in.”
Recall that Nigerians have been denied access to Twitter and can only access by bypassing domain restrictions through alternative mediums due to the suspention of the social media giant.
Twitter’s sanction came up after Buhari’s controversial tweet about the civil war which some Nigerian users flagged and Twitter said violated its rules.
The government, in its response, accused the platform of bias against President Buhari and “undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”.
Despite human rights groups and foreign organisations intervention in the matter, the federal government issued another statement directing all broadcasting stations in Nigeria to suspend the use of the microblogging platform.
Read part of the statement below:
Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria to suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.