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SERAP Urges FG To Backpedal On Shutting Broadcast Stations


Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to order Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and National Broadcasting Commission NBC to urgently withdraw the last warning and threat to revoke licences and shut broadcast stations over post-election coverage.

In a letter signed by deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said the threat, if not immediately withdrawn, would limit freedom of expression and ability of broadcast stations to cover important issues around the 2023 general elections.

According to the organisation, the warning is clearly incompatible with Nigeria’s constitutional and international human rights obligations.

It will be recalled that NBC had, last week, threatened to revoke the licences of broadcast stations and shut them down if they continue to allow unpatriotic individuals on their platforms to make utterances that are subversive, hateful, inciting in the post-2023 presidential election.