Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the National Broadcasting Commissioning must ensure they checkmate and sanction any radio or television station that propagates hate speech in the country.
Lai Mohammad, who was unhappy with the level Nigerians promote inflammatory speeches in the media, something that could lead the country to a path of war, stated that the NBC is saddled with the responsibility of shutting down any radio or television station that promotes hate speech.
“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 in its existence, I urge the commission to redouble its efforts in discharging its mandate.
The NBC must ensure strict adherence to the broadcasting code, and errant stations must be sanctioned accordingly to serve as a deterrent.
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.