Amid the debate about quit notice given to Fulani Herdsmen in the South-West region, the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC has issued a stern warning to Broadcast stations.
The NBC warned Television and radio stations to exercise caution over issues related to the herders’ crisis in Nigeria.
The warning titled Broadcast of Crisis Involving Herdsmen, Caution came weeks after a quit notice issued to Fulani herdsmen by Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, in Oyo State.
The NBC stressed the need for stations to maintain professionalism in their reportage about the herdsmen issue, generating divergent reactions.
National Broadcasting Commission
According to the Commission, the herdsmen crisis in Ondo and Oyo states could spiral out of proportion if not professionally handled.
The NBC highlighted the rules governing coverage of the crisis and the constitutional need to protect the country’s corporate existence.
It referred to the Sections 5.4.1 (a b&f) and 5.4.3 of the broadcast code.
You will recall that the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had asked herdsmen in the state to vacate all forest reserves (read more here)