The Whistler has learnt exclusively that one of the principal reasons six Directors-General of federal government information-related parastatals were sacked was their non-adherence to the propaganda directive by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Mohammed on Monday relieved the Directors General of the Nigerian Television Authority, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria, News Agency of Nigeria, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and the National Orientation Agency, but gave no reason though their appointments are tenured.
Another reason for the sack this medium learnt is the pressure by members of the All Progressives Congress to “share in the spoils of victory at the general elections,” a source close to the party hierarchy confided.
The information minister has been trying to woo various sections of the media in the past few weeks, hosting newspaper editors, online publishers and proprietors of media houses on the need to support the propaganda narrative of the present regime.
“I can tell you that the sack was bound to happen since the DGs were not seen as cooperating fully with the present government in its propaganda. They are mainly seen as ‘PDP people’ therefore not surprising with their sack,” the source said.
The affected Director-Generals are Sola Omole, NTA; Ladan Salihu, FRCN; Sam Worlu, VON; NOA, Mike Omeri; NBC, Emeka Mba; and the Managing Director of NAN, Ima Niboro.