The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has slammed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for sanctioning Channels Television over its interview with the group.
IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Tuesday, accused NBC of being undemocratic with the sanction and ignoring broadcasts featuring what prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi had discussed with bandits.
The NBC directed the “immediate stop” of Channels Television programme,’Politics Today,’ which had featured Powerful on Sunday.
In a letter to the station on Monday, Acting NBC Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba, had said the IPOB spokesman made inciting comments without being cautioned by the anchor.
He also said some of the comments from IPOB, which the Nigerian government designated as a terrorist organisation in 2017, “amount to subversion of constituted authority.”
But in a statement on Tuesday, the group alleged that the NBC was being partial in its judgement. It cited the case of Gumi, who has discussed his meeting with bandits in the past during live television programmes.
“We are not surprised but along with all good men and women of conscience, we strongly condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this wicked and undemocratic action.
“How many times has the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi, met with Fulani bandits and the outcome of their parley aired on national televisions without NBC batting an eyelid? How many times have the Boko Haram leader, Shekau’s message and threats been aired uncensored on national television without NBC imposing any sanctions?
“We have always said it, that Nigeria and its security agencies lose sleep when a matter has to do with IPOB and Biafra. Why is Nigeria always afraid of the truth?”the statement said.
The statement added that the Federal Government “cannot suppress the truth as far as IPOB and the group’s demand for a Biafran state is concerned. We will always put the records straight because the facts will always speak for itself,” the statement added.