The Buhari dictatorship, through its regulatory agency, the National Broadcasting Commission [NBC] has threatened a Lagos-based radio station known as Grajos 89.3 FM against granting an interview to a human rights activist Temitayo Oyekunle.
Oyekunle, who is also an author, was billed to be at the station by 11:00 AM today, October 2, for an interview on national issues, particularly on Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary which occurred yesterday, October 1.
But in an act of repression which is not new in the Buhari reign of terror, the NBC called the management of the radio station warning them against granting an interview to the human rights activist.
Following NBC’s phone call, the management of Grajos 89.3 FM then informed the activist that his interview would no longer hold.
The activist recounted that he had already arrived the studio by 10:50 AM, waiting to go live with the host, but that he was shocked to have learnt that the chairperson of the station received a threatening call from the NBC, warning the station against granting any interview on national issues or Nigerian independence anniversary.
NBC, dictator Buhari’s tool for silencing and repressing broadcast media organisations in Nigeria, has become extremely notorious in recent times. Recall that in October of 2020, after dictator Buhari ordered soldiers to kill peaceful protesters during the #EndSARS protest, the agency placed illegal fines on Channels Television, Arise TV and AIT for covering and exposing how soldiers attacked and killed peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos.
The anti-free speech agency then slammed an illegal fine of N3 million on each of the television stations, for exposing the Lekki Massacre.
In April this year, the Buhari dictatorship, through the NBC slammed an illegal fine of N5 million on Channels Television for interviewing Emma Powerful, the spokesman for Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB].