Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's president-elect has refused banning African Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities, saying that he was neither consulted nor informed about it.
Buhari also said that he has instructed all cases connecting to the media should be handled by his media office.
The president-elect noted that he became aware of the matter after the public uproar it caused.
In a comment issued by Garba Shehu, the head of the media and publicity directorate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign, Buhari was cited as saying: “The time of change has come and we must avoid making the same mistakes that the outgoing government made.”
Shehu’s comment said the president-elect has instructed all his personnel, comprising the staff attached closely to him, “to steer clear of all dealings with the media, and leave all media affairs to his official media team”.
Buhari said: “I would like everyone to henceforth stay within his/her defined area of responsibility.”
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Buhari continued that his media team should be left to deal with their media colleagues as they best knew how, the statement added.
Shehu had said: “AIT has been asked to step aside based on security and family concerns.”
Nigerians in their reactions criticised the president-elect decision, supposing that he can return to dictatorship.