Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), ordered Lagos state-based radio station Grajos 89.3fm not to interview human rights activist , Mr. Temitayo Oyekunle.
SaharaReporters learned that the incident happened at around 10:50 a.m. on Saturday.
Oyekunle, also an author, was scheduled for an 11 a.m. interview on the radio station on national issues in particular around Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.
NBC, however, called Grajos’ management minutes to the program, warning them not to grant an interview to the human rights activist.
SaharaReporters concluded that it was subsequently told that its dialogue on the independence of Nigeria would no longer be held.
Oyekunle told SaharaReporters on Saturday that the station chairman received a call from the broadcasting regulator.
He said: “It was a program on Grajos 89.3fm which was due to start at 11 am today. I was there at 10:50 am waiting in the studio for the interview. I was shocked to learn that the owner received a call from NBC not to give an interview on Nigeria’s independence.
NBC has been notorious and therefore blamed by the public under Muhammadu Buhari for its crackdown on media platforms for reporting and broadcasting criticism of the Nigerian government.
He had recently imposed heavy fines on Arise TV, AIT and Channels Television for what he called “unprofessional coverage of the #EndSARS protest” which lasted for two weeks in October last year.
He also slammed N3million each on these media houses and also re-fined Channels TV N5million in May for giving an interview to Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Media and Advertising Secretary Emma Powerful.