On Buhari barring Africa Independent Television from covering his programmes

According to Punch Newspapers, the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has barred Africa Independent Television (AIT) from his activities until further notice (Click here to read the details).

Members of the AIT crew, who were at Defence House, venue of a meeting between the President-elect and a visiting Cuban delegation, led by its Ambassador to Nigeria, were asked to leave the vicinity until further notice.

In my opinion, it is absolutely unethical to bar AIT from covering Buhari’s programmes. The barring in itself is unethical and you don’t use unethical means to resolve ethical issues.

We know the role AIT played before the elections but c’mon Mr. President-elect needs to be circumspect. If there are no security concerns with other media houses what security threat does AIT in particular pose? Is Mr. President-elect being vindictive?According to Punch Newspapers and I quote “They (AIT) have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards.” Isn’t that a professional body’s call like NBC?

AIT is a professional media house that might have breached a professional code set by a professional body for the public so let the professional body handle the breach of professional ethics. SIMPLE

If you were not President-elect, you could bar anyone from your programmes, but as President-elect, you need to grow beyond mediocrity & poor thinking/decision making.

For me Mr. President-Elect, this is a wrong move. Let’s leave mundane thought patterns that lead to poor actions & move to mature thought patterns like Jega recently did.

According to Sun Tzu, “The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities… It is best to win without fighting… Keep your friends close & your enemies…closer”


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