Why Banky W must pay NBC’s N5m for hate speech – Coalition

A group, Coalition of Northern Civil Societies Groups Organisations, has urged the Presidency via the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to checkmate media houses particularly online media over hate speech.

The Coalition, in a statement jointly signed by the president of Coalition of Northern Nigeria Youths (CNNY), Ambassador Auwalu Muhammad Majiri, and Abdukadri Shauibu for Competent Governance for Accountability and Civic Trust (CGACT), made the call in a reaction to alleged case of bribery on an unverified video against the Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The said allegation was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja accusing The Punch for “making its media house as a tool for Olubankole Wellington, aka, Banky W and cohorts in their cheap media blackmail/media trial against the impeccable character/office of the chief security officer of Kano state to promote hate speech.”

The statement read in part, “We, the Civil Societies, are using this medium to call on the Presidency via NBC to totally checkmate media houses, most especially the online media. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is one of the true Islamic faithful leaders we can trust no matter the circumstances, because of his antecedents over time which will be too numerous to mention here.

“Rubbishing the image of the Sharia Court/Law in Nigeria before the international community is a slap on the face to all Muslim faithful in Nigeria. It’s worrisome and so alarming for Banky W and The Punch to drag the Sharia Court in the mud just to get cheap media score. The Sharia Court is a highly sacred institution to all Muslims faithful for good morals.”

The statement quoted Banky W as saying, “The governor signing the death warrant was seen on camera pocketing thousands of Dollars in bribes, how come the Sharia penalty of cutting of his hands doesn’t apply to him?”

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