Cheta Nwanze a Social Commentator has said that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) shut down a show where he was discussing about the Asaba Massacre which took place 50 years ago in the heat of the civil war.
Cheta Nwanze, an SBM Intelligence, and former managing editor at YNaija, an internet newspaper for young Nigerians, told TheCable that he was sent off air on Thursday while having a live interview on Radio.
“The station manager claimed to have received a phone call from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) ordering him to stop the discussion.” Nwanze said
“We were on air, I was talking, the station manager came in, spoke to Nelly (the host), and she stopped me and played an advert,”
“Then she reached out to him and found out that the NBC had called him to stop the discussion.
“I was talking about the Asaba Massacre. It happened on October 7, 1967.”
The show, Midday Dialogue, was hosted by Nelly Kalu.
The Asaba massacre occurred during the Nigerian civil war. Troops had invaded home of civilians, who they claimed were Biafran sympathisers.
The Nigerian Army, on October 7 massacred over 700 lives at an open square in Asaba who they termed Biafran sympathisers, The killings started from October 5 and continued into the days that followed October 7th 1967.
The 50th anniversary of the event is expected to hold in Asaba, Delta state capital, with dignitaries like Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, Donald Duke; former governor of Cross River and Matthew Kukah, bishop of Sokoto diocese, in attendance.
Efforts to reach the radio station and the show host to confirm the incident proved abortive as they did not respond to the messages sent via Twitter.
It has started a discussion on Twitter. On one hand are those condemning the action by the NBC because it is stifling free speech, and on the other are those saying that with the ethnic tension and security challenges in the nation, this is not the right time to be discussing such.
Am asking us now, are we in a Democracy or Dictocracy? If you know what I mean