Former presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, has criticized the action of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for suspending the license of Daar Communications Plc, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power.
According to the Director-General of NBC , Modibbo Kawu, who announced the suspension on Thursday, the action was taken for failure of the broadcasting station to abide by the broadcasting code.
Reacting to the suspension, Ezekwesili, who is also a former education minister, said the commission wants AIT to be like the state-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in its approach to matters concerning the government.
With an attached copy of NBC sanction letter to AIT she said “My Summary of this lengthy Sanctions letter from NBC to AIT is simply this: ‘We have warned you several times in the past to stop broadcasting things that upset the Government and NBC. You refused to listen. Now we shall shut you up and down until you are ready to be like NTA’.
“There is nothing in that letter from NBC to AIT that reaches the threshold for withdrawal of license and shut down of a Media house that we all know Government perceives as an ‘Opposition media’. Wisdom should have actually instructed the FG against striking out at them,” she said.