Fri. Jun 18th, 2021

Freedom of expression: Buhari sacks NBC chief amidst controversy

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Amidst the uproar following the ban on Twitter and other attempts to regulate social media, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba, has been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President subsequently appointed a new man to head the controversial broadcast commission.

Mr Idachaba was appointed acting Director-General of the commission in 2020 following the suspension of Modibbo Kawu over alleged financial impropriety in February 2020.

However, on Friday, the ministry of information and culture announced the appointment of Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, a broadcaster, as the Director-General of the NBC.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in Friday announced the appointment in a statement issued in Abuja. He stated that Mr Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.

The announcement comes amid talks of the regulatory body trying to censor social media and the reportage of broadcast media organisations.

The government had earlier banned the operations of Twitter in the country and threatened to prosecute citizens who still use the social media platform despite the ban.

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