HATE SPEECH: FG directs NBC to sanction erring Radio and TV stations


The Federal Government on Thursday directed
the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
to sanction any radio or television station that
broadcasts hate speech.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji
Lai Mohammed, issued the directive in Abuja
at the Annual Lecture Series of the NBC and
the 25th Anniversary of the Commission.
The minister said that the directive was part
of efforts to stem the growing tide of hate
speech in the country.
“As a matter of fact, the challenges facing the
NBC have never become more daunting,
considering the increasing propensity of some
radio and television stations across the
country to turn over their platforms to the
purveyors of hate speech.
“It is the responsibility of the NBC to put
these broadcast stations in check before they
set the country on fire.
“As the NBC celebrates what is a milestone –
a quarter of a century – in its existence, I urge
the Commission to redouble its efforts in
discharging its mandate.
“The NBC must ensure a strict adherence to
the Broadcasting Code, and errant stations
must be sanctioned accordingly to serve as a
“The nation looks up to the NBC to restore
sanity to the broadcast industry. The
Commission cannot afford to do any less at
this critical time. It cannot afford to fail the
nation,” he said.
The minister cited the ignominious role played
by a radio station in fuelling the genocide in
Rwanda in 1994 which led to the loss of over
800,000 lives in 100 days.
He, therefore, charged the NBC not to allow
the purveyors of hate speech to lead Nigeria
to the path of destruction.
“If you tune into many radio stations, for
example, you will be shocked by the things
being said, the careless incitement to violence
and the level of insensitivity to the multi-
religious, multi-ethnic nature of our country.
“Unfortunately, even some of the hosts of
such radio programmes do little or nothing to
stop such incitements.
“Oftentimes, they are willing collaborators of
hate speech campaigners. This must not be
allowed to continue because it is detrimental
to the unity and well-being of our country,” he
Speaking earlier, the Director-General, NBC,
Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu said that the commission
was committed to carrying out its statutory
mandate of regulating the broadcast industry.
He said that the Commission would also
ensure that the Digital Switch Over in TV
broadcasting was achieved to create national
digital economy.
The pioneer director-general of the
commission, Chief Tom Adaba expressed
satisfaction that the commission, which
started 25 years back with no guiding
template, had become a reference point in
broadcasting regulation in Africa.

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