A leading media house in Nigeria, Punch has taken a daring stand on the pattern of the ruling of Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria.
The media house in its editorial publication on Wednesday accused the Buhari-led administration of flagrant disregard for “human rights and its battering of other arms of government and our democratic institutions.”
The media house criticized violation of rights and attacks on the citizens, the courts, the press and civic society prevalent under the current administration, saying the President is operating as if the country is under a military regime.
The statement also condemned the invasion of the court premises by operatives of the State Security Service on Friday in an attempt to re-arrest Omoyele Sowore.
Meanwhile, the action of the top-flight media house has attracted the attention of Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Mr. Adeshina who reacted to the trending statement from the media house on his twitter page said that if Punch decides to call Buhari a Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it.
See the full tweet below:
If you decide to call him Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it. So, you are not completely out of order. The fact that you can do so is even another testimony to press freedom in Nigeria.
— Femi Adesina (@FemAdesina) December 11, 2019