See Reason Why Buhari Sacks Idachaba As NBC DG, Appoints Another Northerner
Professor Armstrong Idachaba has been removed from his position as Director-General of the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC.
Prof. Idachaba has since been replaced by Mr. Balarabe Shehu Ilehah, a veteran broadcaster, in a substantive role as Director-General of the NBC.
This announcement was made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued by a presidential spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, in Abuja on Friday.
He said Mr. Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance. The statement, however, failed to indicate whether he has retired.
Idachaba has been acting as DG since February 2020 following the suspension of the incumbent, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, by Buhari.
Idachaba, who is from Sokoto state and will clock 60 in July was the Director, Broadcast Policy and Research in the commission, before when he was appointed.
It is worthy of note that Idachaba’s removal comes hours after he directed Social Media platforms and online broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria to immediately apply for a broadcast license if they wish to continue operating in Nigeria.
The directive issued by Idachaba in a newspaper advertorial published on Thursday, re-echoes concerns raised by allegations that the Buhari administration is clamping down on free speech and internet freedom — the government denies this.
Idachaba said in the advertorial that the NBC establishment code empowers the commission to ask the companies to be licensed.
Section two (b) of the NBC act of 2004 states: “(1) The Commission shall have [the] responsibility of Receiving, processing and considering applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including (i) cable television services, direct satellite broadcast and any other medium of broadcasting.”
The advertorial reads: “The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) hereby directs every Online Broadcast Service provider and Social Media Platforms operating within the Nigerian State to apply and obtain a broadcast licence for their service(s).
“Note that any Online Broadcast Service Provider that fails to obtain a licence will be considered an illegal entity.”