President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Balarabe Ilelah as the Director-General (DG) of the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria. He takes over with Professor Armstrong Idachaba, who has acted in that capacity since February 2020.
The Nigerian Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced Mr Ilelah’s appointment in a statement on Friday, stating that the new DG of the broadcasting regulatory agency would serve a five-year term.
Before the appointment of the de-facto DG, the acting Armstrong Aduku Idachaba replaced Modibbo Kawu, who was suspended following alleged misdemeanours. The media is agog as to why the Nigerian President refused to confirm Professor Idachaba for the position, seeing that he has been doing the duties for over one year now.
On a related matter, when asked about the ongoing Twitter controversy, the Nigerian President, Alhaji Buhari, declined to respond in an interview on Thursday, saying he would rather keep the matter to himself. However, the rather unpopular and controversial move has drawn legal threats from media companies in the country, with many media outlets now circumventing the Twitter ban by accessing the platform through a VPN router. The Nigerian media has found Twitter to be a fertile environment for sourcing and exchanging news and information.