APC to Buhari: You can’t bar AIT from covering your activities
APC to Buhari: You can’t bar AIT
from covering your activities
The All Progressives Congress has said that all
accredited media organizations in the country,
including the African Independent Television,
are free to cover the activities of the President-
elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by
its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, the party said the incoming Buhari
Administration will not discriminate against any
media organization, irrespective of its role
during the electioneering campaign leading up
to the recent polls.
Buhari had on Monday through his security
aides barred AIT from covering his activities.
He said until ethical and security issues were
sorted out with the television station, it should
stay away from his events.
But in a move that brings back to memory the
Second Republic where the supremacy of the
party was paramount, the APC on Tuesday
succinctly overruled Buhari.
The party, however, enjoined all media
organizations to observe the highest level of
professional standards in carrying out their
It said further in the statement by Mohammed:
“There is a Code of Ethics guiding the practice
of journalism in Nigeria, and this demands
every journalist to ensure a strict adherence to
the highest levels of ethics and professionalism
in carrying out their duties.
“There must be repercussions, within the
realms of the law, for media organizations
which have wantonly breached the Code of
Ethics of the journalism profession and turned
themselves to partisans instead of
professionals. But such repercussions will not
include barring any accredited media
organization from covering the activities of the