- Former Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, has lambasted FG over fine imposed on a Lagos-based radio
- Fayose described NBC's action as undemocratic and a ploy to gag the media
- The ex-governor said it is clear some of the freedoms Nigerians enjoyed under the military era has disappeared under democratic government
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Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has reacted to the fine of N5 million imposed on a Lagos-based radio station by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Legit.ng reports that the broadcasting regulatory body sanctioned the radio station over the alleged promotion of hate speech after an interview with a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia.
Speaking on NBC's action on Friday, August 14, through his Twitter page, Fayose said that it has become crystal clear that some of the freedoms Nigerians enjoyed under the military era have now eluded them.
He said when he and some people were campaigning against the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration, selfish Nigerians who were interested in grabbing power turned deaf ears.
"Unfortunately, when some of us who saw all these coming were warning Nigerians, the selfish ones whose only interest was to grab power turned deaf ears. Now, the consequences are on all Nigerians and it will definitely get worse. May God return Nigeria to the path of greatness.
"Now, it is becoming clear that the freedom we enjoyed under military govts, we can't enjoy in a democracy," the ex-governor stated.
According to him, those who used the media to spread all kinds of lies while seeking power are afraid of a free press now that they are in power.
"You don't want Nigerians to speak against President, Governors, Lawmakers and others who are like their servants," he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, berated the federal government over NBC's action.
It was reported that the former vice president in a statement he personally signed on Thursday, August 13, asked the NBC to drop the penalty against the station, describing the reason given for its action as an attempt to gag the media in the country.
He disagreed with the nation’s broadcasting regulatory agency with its argument that the interview that the station had with a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, constituted any infringement and exposed the media outfit to trading in hate speech.
In a related report, barely 24 hours after slamming a popular radion station with N5 million fine over the alleged promotion of hate speech and unverified claims, NBC reeled-out eight guidelines for political broadcast on Edo, Ondo elections.
NBC said it was concerned with "the unprofessional conduct of Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, in the handling of the Programme, “Morning CrossFire."
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