President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Professor Armstrong Idachaba and appointed Balarabe Shehu Ilelah as the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
This was announced by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi, on Friday.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, a veteran broadcaster, as the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
“He said Mr. Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.”
The sacked Idachaba, who hails from Benue State, was the NBC Director-General in an acting capacity since February 2020.
Idachaba was appointed acting Director-General of the commission replacing Modibbo Kawu who was suspended for alleged financial impropriety in February 2020.
The statement was, however, silent on the reasons the president did not consider Idachaba for the position in a substantive capacity.
Idachaba would be best remembered for drafting and implementing the National Broadcasting Code (sixth amendment) without getting the input of important stakeholders.
The former NBC boss will also go down in history as the one who ordered radio and television stations to deactivate their Twitter accounts following the suspension of the microblogging site by the Federal Government.
Ilelah, the new NBC boss, hails from Bauchi State.
The appointment of the new NBC boss comes amid the Twitter suspension and the moves to censor social media, which have been criticised by many Nigerians, civil society organisations and the international community as stifling freedom of expression and shrinking the Nigerian civic space.