President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, has barred the African Independent Television (AIT), from covering his activities until they sort out their ethics and standards.
He reportedly gave the order through his security team, who ordered AIT’s crew out of the Defence House during the Cuban Ambassador’s visit.
The ban is undoubtedly related to the ‘offensive’ documentaries aired by the TV station during the presidential campaigns.
APC’s Presidential Campaign Organisation spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, explained in details the reason for the ban.
“AIT has been asked to stay aside based on security and family concerns. In addition, Gen Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to standard and ethics,” he said.
“We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter but for now the station has been asked to stay aside because like I said there are some family and security concerns. They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards.”
He however denied that the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has been barred along with AIT.
He added: “Yes you can quote me that I said that we have asked them to step aside and that we are resolving the the issues of ethics and standards with them.”