The Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has expressed surprise over the query issued to Channels Television by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) following an interview granted to the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, on Sunrise Daily programme of the station where he criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari over the way he is handling security situation in the country.
Soyinka while reacting on Friday during a media parley on the theme ‘Sanctions On The Loose: Chasing The Gnat With A Sledge Hammer’ in Lagos, said the NBC did not have the power to decide what is “professional and sound judgement” as it relates to the media.
“I think all of you have seen the letter sent by the National Broadcasting Corporation to Channels TV. It is the first time I have actually seen an example of the kind of query that the media is getting,” he said.
Reading a part of the letter the NBC sent to Channels TV, which says “the broadcaster shall ensure that its presenter shall handle with professionalism and sound judgement.
“Professionalism and sound judgement? Who decides that? Is the National Broadcasting Commission the mass communication fora? Is it judging people’s papers? Is it setting examinations? Who is the impartial arbiter? Who is the expert who decides things like that? This is one of the most outstanding semi-literate kind of official query”
He described the wanton killing in the country, especially in Kaduna and Plateau genocide, he also lamented enslavement of children in form of kidnapping, abduction and trading of children to the highest bidder.
said it constitute some of the parameters of a failed state.
“Among the actions that qualify as genocide are: One, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; two, deliberate inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction in whole or in part, and finally forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
“So where are the Chibok girls? Where are the pupils of the Ahmadiyya School? Where are the pupils of the Bethel Baptist School? So, what is happening? How do we describe the targeting of children?”