A private FM radio station in Kano, Freedom Radio, has banned a famous pro-Buhari radio commenter, Abdulmajid Danbilki Kwamanda, from commenting and participating in any of the station’s programmes.
The ban followed his reply to Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi’s comments on the state of the Nigerian economy, particularly the N4.7 trillion overdraft.
Announcing the decision, the managing director of the station, Abbas Dalhatu, said the politician was also banned from transacting any business with the station.
But sources told Daily Nigerian that the anchor of the station’s popular political programme, Kowanne Gauta, erred by seeking the comments of Mr. Kwamanda “instead of economic experts in Bayero University, Kano”.
“So you should not blame Danbilki for his comments. The station should blame itself,” said the source.
Another source said the sudden decision of the station was borne of the desire of the managing director to please the emir, and in return get a traditional title from the Kano Emirate.
“Danbilki did nothing but express his opinion. This station has always been priding itself of protection of freedom of speech, but look at what it did.
“If there is anybody deserving penalty it should be the station’s staff that sought Danbilki’s comments,” said a Kano politician, Sani Ahmed Dukawa.