By Anthony Arugba
The President, Niger Delta Youth Association, NDYA, Comrade Victor James, has said that the modus operandi of British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, in Nigeria was allegedly designed to favour the North.
James, in a statement via electronic mail to our correspondent, argued that the North has assumed the status quo of well beloved region of the United Kingdom within the Nigerian setting over the years.
” While it cannot be over emphasized that the mass media is to inform and educate the public as well as to bring to the attention of relevant governments, agencies and organizations of events which either requires immediate action in order to avert impending danger with immediate effect or dispel falsity of certain information.
” It is inevitable that the BBC’s operations in Nigeria appears to be designed to favour a particular federations unit, specifically the North. This has unequivocally attracted disavow of youths and the generality of the Niger Delta people.”
He claimed this alleged trend was not unassociated with the fact the BBC seldom reports any event that would paint the Niger Delta in good light to stimulate the necessary capacity with a view to ameliorate the myriads problems springing up in the Niger Delta region.
The youth leader argued that the coverage on economic, infrastructural, political and social welfare inadequacies in the North, particularly the Fulani/Hausa core North by BBC to the extent it established BBC-Hausa Language spoke volumes of its alleged bias and lack of consideration for other regions.
He hinted that the Niger Delta was marked red in Nigeria’s security indices whereas as deadly as the North-East of Nigeria including the Middle Belt is, where there is 100 per cent suicide bombings by the Boko Harram insurgents and the murderous Fulani herdsmen who have laid waste to countless Nigerians is marked good.
While saying that the BBC would not hesitate to report report pipeline and other oil and gas infrastructural vandalization at the slightest opportunity, he called on BBC to be fair and objective in its reportage in order to give every region a sense of fairness.