Buhari bars AIT from covering his activities

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President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari may just have started a revenge mission on the African Independent Television, AIT, whenMonday, the security men attached to him barres the stations correspondent, Bebei from covering Buhari's functions.
factnewsonline gathered that the directive was given to the AIT reporter at the Defence House where the crew had gone to cover the visit of Cuban ambassador to Buhari.

The African Independent Television (AIT) crew was yesterday, Monday, asked to leave the Defence House during the visit of the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria to the president-elect.
Although the directive was discreetly given to the correspondent by an official at the Defence House where the crew had gone to cover the visit of Cuban ambassador to Buhari, the crew refused to leave the venue. They insisted that they would remain to do their job as they have not been formally informed
“Yes, we were told but we cannot just leave; we have a job to do. In any case, we have not been officially informed about what we have done wrong,” one of them said.

Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a reaction to the incident, stated that what gave rise to the measure was concerns over security and ethical standards which members of the family of the president-elect raised.
“AIT has been asked to stay aside based on security and family concerns. In addition, the Buharis have decided that they would have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics.
“Yes you can quote me that I said we have asked them to step aside and that we are resolving the issues of ethics and standards with them.”

“We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter but for now, the station, has been asked to stay aside because like I said, there are some family and security concerns. They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards, “ he explained.
However, Shehu refuted claims that the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has been bared along with the AIT, Shehu said the NTA crew are free to attend the events of the president-elect and to cover it accordingly.


Posted on April, 28 2015

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