The Thread: Has Buhari’s presidency finally taken a really scary turn?

It will be 50 years on the 7th of October when the bloody Asaba massacre which wiped out Igbo civilians took place. To commemorate this moment in history, Cheta Nwanze undertook an information drive on social media and radio. The radio programme was billed for 1 pm today on Nigeria Info only for this to happen:

In August, the NBC set new regulations for broadcast media. It commenced implementation of those rules October 1st. Apparently, Cheta’s show was the first to get the axe. It will not be a far stretch to say that the NBC gets its marching orders from the C-in-C of Nigeria, Mr Buhari.

[In case you missed it]: “NBC’s new rules and the right to free speech”

When Mr Buhari returned from his health challenges, his first broadcast to Nigerians contained warnings against crossing national red lines. In his October 1 speech, Mr Buhari also restated that democratic discussions about Nigeria are to take place in the National Assembly. The Federal Government has also adopted a hard stance against hate speech. The question is, where is this all headed?

Demola Olarewaju shares his insights:


[See also]: “These are the problems with NBC’s new rules”

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