THE Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Advertising Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria (APCON) have got a wake-up call from the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
They were urged to rise to their regulatory duties and wield the big stick on television stations and newspapers broadcasting damaging documentary and publishing hate advertorials on key opposition leaders.
The APC accused the regulatory bodies of partisanship by stepping out of the broadcast and media ethics to protect the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which it alleged, was desperate to perpetrate itself in office at all cost.
Lagos APC spokesman, Joe Igbokwe, who made the called, identified a particular television station, with headquarters in Lagos, of engaging in false and desperate propaganda sponsored by agents of the ruling party.
In a statement, Igbokwe said the station has thrown decency and decorum to the dogs in its desperate effort to partake in PDP’s grand looting of hundreds of trillions of Nigeria’s oil wealth.
“What the station (name withheld) is doing for the collapsing PDP is akin to what similar organisations did for the military in the days Nigerians struggled against dictatorship and that the station will go down with the PDP government,” Igbokwe predicted.
It will be recalled that the APC presidential running mate and the APC National Leader Bola Tinubu have put their legal counsels on notice to institute legal actions against the African Independent Television (AIT) for airing series of wicked, malicious, dangerous and provocative documentaries on them.
In the statement, Igbokwe said the documentaries against the APC leaders were sponsored by spurious, unnamed individuals, all aimed at tarnishing their image.
It reads: “The station is doing this nefarious activity irrespective of the dangerous consequences these hate propaganda bode for the Nigerian state even after the election.
“We wonder why the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission that has been hounding opposition parties and candidates for expressing their views has turned a blind eye to the dangerous and notorious lies and fabrications that this station has made its primary business.
“We wonder how a self-respecting broadcasting station could allow itself to be employed as a purveyor of blackmail, lies and dangerous slanders against those it feels constitute threats to its source of illicit livelihood.”
Igbokwe urged Nigerians not to extend patronage to any organisation believed to be colluding with enemies of progress for a pot of porridge.
His words: “We urge all Lagosians not only to boycott the vendor of lies and desperate fabrications but ensure that every information emanating from that compromised station is treated as suspicious because the station is irrevocably committed to sabotaging the present wind of change from a failed and clueless government because of its selfish interests.”