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Published On: Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

NBC bans Vision FM’s ‘Idon Mikiya’

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By Chris Alu

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has banned a very popular political programme of the Hausa service of Abuja-based Vision FM, called: “Idon Mikiya”(The Eagle Eye).

In a letter signed by Chris Okoyomo, on behalf of the NBC director general of the NBC, the commission said the programme was banned

because it was inciting and “highly provocative in nature”.

A top management official of Vision FM, Malam Umar Farouk Musa, who confirmed the ban of the programme by NBC, said the Commission’s

letter, which is dated 30th of May, 2014, was only received at the station an hour before the programme was aired yesterday.

He said that the programme, which has been on air for the past three years, has never changed in its pattern and style of presentation.

Malam Umar, who said the station found the development as “very shocking and unfortunate”, explained that a few months ago, some staff

of Vision FM met with officials of the NBC and addressed certain concerns raised by the Commission.

He said the station has since reviewed the concerns raised, by redesigning and repackaging the programme to address all issues

discussed during that meeting.

According to him, “It was therefore shocking and unfortunate that we just received a letter, an hour to our broadcast of the programme

today (yesterday), saying that the commission has stopped the airing of “Idon Mikiya”.

Though reluctant to admit, Malam Umar did not deny that this latest action of the NBC was part of the Jonathan administration’s attempts to gag the media.

Efforts to get the NBC spokesperson, Malam Awwalu Salihu, to further explain the commission’s reasons for the action failed, as he neither answered calls to his line nor replied to an SMS sent to it.

Meanwhile, some listeners of the station, had while reacting to the announcement of the ban, criticised the NBC for its action.

Malam Idris Musa, a resident of Nyanya, said, “what the government did has further confirmed insinuations that it was averse to criticism”.

Speaking in the same vein, Ado Muhammad and Zakari Usman said they were not surprised by the federal government’s action, stressing that it was “clearly” part of the build up to the 2015 elections.

“It is part of Jonathan’s desperate moves to silence the growing opposition from the North; but such actions would not in any way help his cause”, quipped Mr. Usman, who is a driver, resident in Wuse Zone 6, Abuja.

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