Atiku condemns shutdown of AIT, says free press in danger

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Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded general election, Atiku Abubakar has said the closure of Africa Independent Television AIT and Raypower FM owned by the DAAR Group by the All Progressives-led federal government is a throwback to the era of Decree 4 during which Muhammadu Buhari, then a general in the Nigerian Army, shackled the media in between 1984 and 85.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) suspended the licenses from the stations for promoting “Hate Speech, divisive and inciting comments,” which violated the Broadcasting Code that is backed by provisions of Section 10 of the Third Schedule of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

NBC Director General, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, said this in his address on Thursday, that apart from violating the Broadcasting Code, the indefinite suspension was slammed on the media outfits following their failure to pay their license fees as and at when due, even after persistent warnings to the company to toe the line of caution.

However, in a statement issued on Friday by Atiku’s Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, the former Vice President warned that the suspension of the licenses of the DAAR Group and shutting down of its stations revealed a dangerous dark anti-media agenda by the President Buhari’s administration to stifle critical voices in the country.

Atiku explained that the hostility of the President Buhari administration to free press cannot be hidden, despite its pretended commitment to democratic values.

According to Atiku, any situation where the media cannot freely criticize the government poses a grave danger to our democracy.

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Atiku hails Supreme  Court judgement on Zamfara Guber

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Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has commended the judgment of the Supreme Court “which has upheld the rule of law and done justice by declaring the PDP as winner of the gubernatorial election in Zamfara State as well as in the state’s House of Assembly elections.”

Atiku in a statement issued on Friday by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, said “nothing is as pleasing to the ears of believers, as justice being served in the holy month of Ramadan.”

He commended the Lord Justices for putting aside the interests of the powerful and upholding the interests of Nigeria and Nigerians, saying “God first, Nigeria second, must be our priority as trustees of the people.”

In the statement, the Wazirin Adamawa noted that “when justice prevails, the people rejoice, chains are broken, freedom is multiplied and society is enriched.”

Atiku expressed hope that the Supreme Court and the Lords Justices will let Lady Justice have

full reign in other petitions that will come before them, adding that good conscience, fear of God and the rule of law will prevail.

“In so doing, they will write their names for good on the sands of time and avoid the infamy that oppressors wish to thrust on them as their legacy.

He congratulated the Governor-elect Hon. Bello Matawalle and the people of Zamfara, who he said will finally have a government that will address the issues that have made life an ordeal in that great state.

“The storm is over and peace and calm are coming to Zamfara. May God bless the Supreme Court of Nigeria. May God bless Zamfara state, and may God bless Nigeria, now and forever,” the statement added.

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