Nigerians have dragged the Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, over his risk to sanction the BBC and Day by day Belief over their latest documentaries on terrorism.
Naija Information had reported that Mohammed on Thursday threatened that the Federal Authorities would sanction the platforms in due time.
Mohammed accused the information platforms of glorifying bandits and terrorists with their interviews and displaying the faces of terrorists as if they’re Nollywood stars.
Recall that the BBC on Monday printed a 50-minute documentary titled ‘The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara’, which captures the booming kidnap-for-ransom business and different terrorist actions.
Within the documentary, the BBC interviewed a bandit chief who confessed that they purchased extra weapons with the N60 million ransom paid by the Federal Government for the discharge of schoolgirls kidnapped on the Authorities Women Secondary College in Jangebe city in Zamfara State in February 2021.
Ado Aleru, a notorious Fulani gang leader who is needed by the Katsina Police for main a bloodbath within the village of Kadisau in June 2020 was additionally interviewed.
Nonetheless, Nigerians have taken to social media to berate the minister and the federal authorities for threatening to sanction the media retailers over the documentaries.
See a number of the reactions under.
@Adidi_Concepts wrote: “So the fear isn’t in regards to the insecurity menace the nation is confronted with. Lai Mohammed is extra involved with saving face and sanctioning the “4th arm of the structure” This needs to be a joke.”
@NwaOwere_1 wrote: “Been ready for Lai Mohammed and he didn’t disappoint. At all times attempting to cowl evil and alter narratives. There have by no means been penalties for terrorists, however there will likely be penalties for the media doing their job.”
@ToryBlacq wrote: “Possibly as a result of it was revealed that Zamfara state authorities paid 60m for ransom, the troopers shot and killed a civilian child that solely got here to welcome his kidnapped sister, the federal government know the best way to attain the bandits however are deliberately not doing something.”
@KENZO_rdk wrote: “It’s apparent Lai Mohammed made the assertion with out consulting with NBC, lack of understanding, didn’t cite any regulation that was damaged or state the precise punishment, the entire video was him assuming what they did was unlawful and guessing he might do one thing about it like a village chief.”
@pdauda wrote: “Why does the Nigerian authorities desperately want to manage the narrative round terrorists and bandits in Northern Nigeria? It’s now apparent they don’t need us to have unbiased opinions in regards to the violence in components of the nation and that is unacceptable.”
@Ojayy_tweets wrote: “The documentary highlighted the battle in Zamfara as about Govt neglect and inter-tribal misunderstanding… What makes these dangerous?
“The government just isn’t being sincere! Why hold folks keen to talk out, hidden? Who takes these ransoms? At the very least, now you possibly can’t deny their location.”
@NwaOwere_1 wrote: “How did BBC get entry to those terrorists? Nigerian Armed forces have to reply the query. These guys should not ghosts, they’ve telephones, and they’re even chiefs in Emirates. Disgrace on our safety system.”
@KelechiObeh wrote: “This Buhari authorities have utterly gag our media homes. Have you ever seen that our media don’t actually carry any investigative or exposè information? All they do is report information that’s already within the public area. Information has grow to be very boring. It’s unhappy!”
@biggy_orobo wrote: “This was how they banned Twitter, you all are nonetheless supporting them, now they’re saying shit about BBC once more. Tueh! To all APC supporters.”