NBC: We'll sanction any broadcast that insults president, govs, senators, others henceforth/

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it would not condone messages that insult Nigerian leaders anymore, vowing any broadcast station caught indulging in such would be sanctioned. 

The Zonal Director of the NBC Lagos office, Chibuike Ogwumike, gave the directive in a letter addressed to broadcast stations. 

According to him, broadcast stations should ensure that invited guests during radio programmes do not use remarks that are derogatory to those in positions of power.  

Citing the NBC code relating to "professional rules", Ogwumike warned broadcasters against content that “denigrates the social norms, values and culture of the society”.

His words: “Monitoring activities indicate that in the recent time, some broadcast stations have abdicated their editorial responsibilities such that guests and callers on programmes abuse and insult leaders and those in authority freely and without caution.

“May I please draw your attention to the following provisions of the Broadcasting Code: Section 3.1.: Professional Rules: 3.1.1:  No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain an offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity.

“Also, 3.1.19: The broadcast shall not transmit content that denigrates the social norms, values and culture of the society.”

The NBC said while broadcasters are tasked with the responsibility of speaking truth to power with a view to fostering good governance, such "must not be done in abusive languagae”.

He continued: “To denigrate our elders and leaders in abusive terms is not our culture. We respect our leaders as a positive cultural value.

“We expect Broadcasters, especially anchors to show professionalism in the handling of programmes such that guest or callers that exhibit such tendency are professionally handled.

“The recourse to abusing, denigrating and insulting the President, Governors, MPs and other leaders does not show us as cultured people.”