NBC Ends Radio Show Over Asaba Massacre
Now is not the time to discuss Biafra or anything connected to it.
Just ask social commentator, Cheta Nwanze who was cut off while trying to commemorate the infamous Asaba Massacre that happened during the Nigerian Civil War.
He was on air discussing the Asaba Massacre when a call came from the National Broadcasting Commission(NBC) requesting that the show be taken off air.
Nwanze was on Nigeria Info FM as part of his drive to create awareness for the Asaba Massacre that happened on October 7 1967, during the war for the secession of Biafra.
Federal troops had reportedly rounded up and killed more than 700 men and boys, with some being as young as 12 years old on that dark day.
Speaking on the NBC shutdown, Nwanze said:
'I was on air discussing the #AsabaMassacre on this show, & a call came from the NBC. "Shut the show down". I've been kicked off the air.'
The Federal Government in August directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any radio or television station that broadcasts hate speech.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, issued the directive in Abuja at the Annual Lecture Series of the NBC and the 25th Anniversary of the Commission.
The minister cited the role played by a radio station in fueling the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 which led to the loss of over 800,000 lives in 100 days as reference for the move.
He, therefore, charged the NBC to stop hate speech that could lead Nigeria to the path of destruction.
Did the NBC make the right call by shutting the radio show down? Will discussing the Asaba massacre really lead to more problems?