The role of Media in the failed Adamawa political heist
When the attempt to steal the mandate of the people of Adamawa State by Senator Aisha Dahiru (also known as Binani) was cooked and hatched, there was no way it would have been perpetrated without the active role of the mass media. It is not possible to have gotten the impact that it got without using a medium like a reputable television station to make the announcement and get the self-acclaimed victory aired in her acceptance speech.
It is very difficult to exonerate or absolve those media houses that gave Binani and Hudu their airwaves to cause the pandemonium that almost resulted in the loss of lives. One is left with no option but to see them as potential collaborators in the heist.
First, the declaration made by the wanted former Resident Electoral Commissioner of Adamawa, Mr. Hudu Harri, was covered by only one media house. How they managed to be there at the time and give Hudu their national and international platform to make a declaration that was capable of causing mayhem is still to be explained. The media station at the INEC office, when Hudu was making his dramatic declaration maybe a coincidence of their being there at the time of the event, but the one that was at her house was no doubt a preplanned one.
The media platform that was stationed at Binani’s residence to cover the live broadcast of the Shenanigan acceptance speech is more than a mere happenstance. She got through the national and international community with a lie made possible by this medium.
I am not a lawyer; I am writing as a professional PR practitioner who is concerned about the role of mass media in promoting democracy and that they must be held accountable as the fourth estate of the realm that has the implicit ability to frame political issues and shape the perspective and perception of national discourse.
Binani failed in the heist; therefore, whoever was a collaborator must also face the consequences of their actions so as to serve as a deterrent to others who may be tempted to allow selfish or personal interests to sway them from doing their professional duties.
First, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is hereby called to activate appropriate sanctions on all those who are involved in this lawlessness, and they have to also explain to Nigerians why they were active participants in the attempted daylight robbery.
It is very important that matters of such magnitude are not swept under the rug now that the Supreme Court has vindicated the Governor of Adamawa as the rightful choice of the people. I call on security agencies to also investigate the involvement of the media houses in these criminal episodes that happened in Adamawa on April 16, 2023.