The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has criticized the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for sanctioning Channels Television over its interview with the group.
The IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful accused NBC of being undemocratic with the sanction and ignoring broadcasts featuring what Ahmad Gumi, a prominent Islamic cleric, had discussed with bandits.
Recall that the National Broadcasting Commission has suspended Channels Television and also slammed the news agency the sum of N5 million fine for allegedly breaching the broadcast code
In a letter to the TV station, Armstrong Idachaba (pictured), acting NBC director-general, had said the IPOB spokesman made inciting comments without being cautioned by the anchor.
He had also said some of the comments from IPOB — which the Nigerian government designated as a terrorist organisation in 2017 — “amount to subversion of constituted authority.”
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But in a statement on Tuesday, the secessionist group alleged that the NBC was being partial in its judgement. It cited the case of Gumi, who has discussed his meeting with bandits in the past during live TV programmes.
“We are not surprised but along with all good men and women of conscience, we strongly condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this wicked and undemocratic action,” it said.
“How many times has the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gunmi, met with Fulani bandits and the outcome of their parley aired on national televisions without NBC batting an eyelid? How many times have the Boko Haram leader, Shekau’s message and threats been aired uncensored on national television without NBC imposing any sanctions?
“We have always said it, that Nigeria and its security agencies lose sleep when a matter has to do with IPOB and Biafra. Why is Nigeria always afraid of the truth?”