The outgoing Kaduna Central senator, Shehu Sani, and an ardent critic of President Muhammadu Buhari and his government, Femi Fani-Kayode, have condemned the shutdown of the African Independent Television (AIT) by the Nigerian Government.
Shehu Sani and Kayode have criticised the development in separate tweets on their official Twitter handles. Sani in his tweet wrote: “The suspension of @AIT Online is an utterly condemnable act. The suspension is politically motivated. It’s an act of ingratitude & treachery to strangulate the very media outlet that has played a pivotal role in the struggle for the restoration and defense of democracy.”
Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister and a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said in his reaction: “I warned Nigerians in 2015 and I was maligned and hated for it. I warned Nigerians in 2019 and I was ignored, despised and ostracised for it. Even now Nigerians still don’t know the nature of the monster that plagues and afflicts them. The worst is yet to come.”
National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had on Thursday suspended the licence of Daar Communications, the company that operates AIT and Raypower over claims that it failed to abide by Nigerian Broadcasting Code. According to the director-general of NBC, Malam Is’haq Modibbo-Kawu, NBC had over the last two years summoned the management of the company to address issues regarding the operations of AIT and Raypower, particularly Political Platform and Kakaaki, but that the issues were not addressed.