“Once a military man, always one”. “It’s so obvious that his administration will see to the death of Press freedom”.
Those words have simply rented the air ever since, President elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, earlier in the day barred Africa Independent Television, AIT from all his events including his swearing in ceremony coming up in May 29, 2015.
Some strong supporters of the General have in clear terms condemned his action.While some believe his action was tyrannical, others believe that perhaps he understands the role of the media in bringing down President Jonathan and maybe scared of same
Kayode Ogundamisi, a strong supporter of Buhari took to twitter to speak against the president-elect’s decision to bar AIT from covering his activities. He criticized AIT for the way they came for Buhari during the election and said they should be made accountable for what they did but says barring them is not the way to go. SEE HIS TWEETS BELOW
However in a swift damage control move, Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress, APC has issued a statement overruling Buhari’s earlier decision. The statement made available to us and signed by the party’s spokesperson, Lai Mohammed said, “All accredited media organizations in the country, including the African Independent Television (AIT), are free to cover the activities of the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari”.
According to Lai Mohammed, “the incoming Buhari Administration will not discriminate against any media organization, irrespective of its role during the electioneering campaign leading up to the recent polls.
It however enjoined all media organizations to observe the highest level of professional standards in carrying out their duties.
“There is a Code of Ethics guiding the practice of journalism in Nigeria, and this demands every journalist to ensure a strict adherence to the highest levels of ethics and professionalism in carrying out their duties.
“There must be repercussions, within the realms of the law, for media organizations which have wantonly breached the Code of Ethics of the journalism profession and turned themselves to partisans instead of professionals. But such repercussions will not include barring any accredited media organization from covering the activities of the President-elect,”