NBC reads Riot Act to media ahead of 2023 campaign season

NBC reads Riot Act to media ahead of 2023 campaign season

The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has read the riot act to operators in Nigeria’s broadcast industry, ahead of the kick-off of political campaigns for the 2023 general elections.

Speaking at a sensitisation forum on political broadcasting in Abuja; the Director-General of the NBC, Mr Balarabe Ilelah, advised against the use of hate speech during the campaign.

He warned that the NBC would not hesitate to sanction any individual and organisation that breaches the broadcasting codes.

The Commission threatened to shut down broadcast stations that run fowl to the NBC broadcast code.

The ongoing forum on political broadcasting in Abuja is a grand finale of a sensitisation exercise embarked on by NBC; ahead of the campaigns for the 2023 general elections.

The meeting in Abuja is attended by heads of broadcast media organisations, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission; as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Meanwhile, Festus Keyamo, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign spokeswoman, on Sunday, September 25, 2022 chastised the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) for criticising the controversial Muslim-Muslim APC ticket.

A furious Keyamo made an appearance on the well-liked Channels Television program “Politics Today”.

Also, he cautioned the religious organisation to focus on spreading the gospel of salvation to Nigerians; rather than choosing which political candidates should be elected into office.

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The PCC image-outburst maker’s was in response to a PFN disclaimer disowning the delegation of the “Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria” who had just paid Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential nominee, a visit at his campaign office in Abuja.

Deputy National Secretary of the PFN, Bishop David Bakare, had told reporters that the group was unknown to the PFN.

Bakare disclosed that “there is nothing in PFN that is regionally based like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops.”

Even so, the PFN writer insisted that nothing had changed about the Christian Association of Nigeria’s affiliation with the APC’s same-faith presidential ticket.

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