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Payback?: Pres-elect Buhari bars AIT from covering his activities “for now”

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Payback?: Pres-elect Buhari bars AIT from covering his activities “for now”

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has barred the African Independent Television (AIT) from further covering his activities.

AIT and the Buhari campaign had a running battle before the elections when the station aired documentaries that most independent analysts considered to be distasteful and non-factual.

The Reason given for the barring of the tv station were that they did not meet certain “ethics and standard”.

On Monday, security operatives at the Defence House, where Buhari is lodged until he is inaugurated, refused to allow the AIT‎ crew into the building even as Buhari received ambassadors, among other guests.

READ: Buhari Is Now Fully In Abuja, But Where Does He Operate From And What Does It Have To Do With Abacha?

The Cable newspaper quotes Garba Shehu, spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, on the issue:

“AIT has been asked to step aside based on security and family concerns.

“In addition, Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics.

“We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter, but for now the station has been asked to stay aside because like I said there are some family and security concerns. They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards‎.

“You can quote me that I said that we have asked them to step aside and that we are resolving the the issues of ethics and standards with them”.

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