NTA: It’s ei­ther all or noth­ing

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Com­rade Sam, Kaduna 08079037700 (sms only)

On Tues­day, Jan­uary 08, 2019, I watched with shock­ing ex­cite­ment, that for the very first time since the elec­tion­eer­ing process for the 2019 gen­er­a­tion elec­tions gath­ered enough steam, the Nige­rian Tele­vi­sion Au­thor­ity (NTA) ac­tu­ally in­cluded in its news bul­letin, a cam­paign out­ing by the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Al­haji Atiku Abubukar, in Kogi State. Dur­ing the cam­paign, he raised im­por­tant is­sues bor­der­ing on job cre­ation, stress­ing in par­tic­u­lar that he would re­vamp the Ajaokuta Steel Com­pany as well as the state-owned port in or­der to drive in­vest­ment if elected.

But my hap­pi­ness soon be­came a huge dis­il­lu­sion when I no­ticed that the bul­letin de­lib­er­ately re­fused to let view­ers hear one word ut­tered by all the PDP stal­warts who spoke at the events, in­clud­ing Atiku him­self. In sharp con­trast, the news bul­letin for the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) rally in Bauchi, which had Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo, Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion and the Bauchi State gov­er­nor, all con­tained their voices, res­onat­ing elo­quently why Pres­i­dent Buhari de­serves a re-elec­tion.

This kind of brazen par­ti­san­ship is not only un­pro­fes­sional, it is also toxic and dan­ger­ous for our democ­racy, es­pe­cially in view of the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions as all par­ties are not given a level play­ing ground. I dare say to the Ibn Mo­hammed-led NTA, and by ex­ten­sion, those he re­ports to, that it is ei­ther all or noth­ing.

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