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Of course, the democratically elected government of Nigeria is free to act and react to what’s perceived as unjustified anti Nigerian Government propaganda in ways that they deem fit.
The current Nigerian Government is unnecessarily attracting a lot of unwanted attention to itself by failing to let sleeping dogs lie. Last year it was Brer Buhari’s disenchantment with Twitter, soon after Brer Trump had been banned from that platform - except that in Nigeria’s case it was Brer Buhari that was doing or threatening to do the banning, ; just as right now it’s not Brer Buhari or his information Minister Lai Mohammed that’s ostensibly in trouble with the BBC, it’s the BBC that’s in trouble with Brer Buhari and Brer Lai Mohammed as a result of which Brer Buhari or is it Brother Lai Mohammed that is threatening sanctions on the BBC. These days the word “ sanctions” is very much in the air, very much in the powerful peoples vocabulary, and it's Russia that has mostly been on the receiving end, Russia, soon to be joined by the BBC from Buhari’s end. Who knows, it could be punitive sanctions, economic sanctions, if the BBC is not careful. Maybe Nigeria will ban the BBC’s Focus on Africa, until or unless the BBC repents/ promises not to do it again. If Nigeria’s powers that be ban the BBC, na who go suffer?
Maybe we need to have more of a national thick skin. Nigerian broadcasting ought to be able to make its own documentaries/ counter-documentaries to set the record straight?
If in doubt about the freedom of the word in e.g. India, then V.S. Naipaul’s India - A Million Mutinies Now which has not been banned in India should settle the matter.The paragraphs subsequent to the line that begins “Only 33 or 34 per cent of the voters had voted for the victorious DMK party - on page Pages 217 also shows how even sages can be described with some irreverence, because India is not a theocracy; which does not mean to say that Indians are not sensitive with regard to Islam's laws that deal with blasphemy….
The BBC is also aware of what constitutes blasphemy or ridicule in different parts of the world…