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AIT ban: Buhari cautions aides on media roles

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari receives former Vice President and chieftain of APC,  Atiku Abubakar during a courtesy visit at Defence House, Abuja on Wednesday, 29 April
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari receives former Vice President and chieftain of APC, Atiku Abubakar during a courtesy visit at Defence House, Abuja on Wednesday, 29 April

 

President-elect of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, has instructed all his staff, including the personnel attached directly to him, to steer clear of all dealings with the media, and leave all media affairs to his official media team.

In a statement released in Abuja, Wednesday, by Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, General Buhari aligned himself with the pronouncement of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) which had earlier expressed disagreement with the temporary barring of the African Independent Television (AIT) from covering his media affairs.

“I would like everyone to henceforth stay within his/her defined area of responsibility,” General Buhari said.

The president-elect added that his media team should be left to deal with their media colleagues as they best knew how.

According to the statement, Buhari was neither consulted nor informed about the AIT barring, and only became aware of the matter after the public uproar it generated.

“The time of CHANGE has come,” he said, “and we must avoid making the same mistakes that the outgoing government made.”

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