Presidency has released a statement reacting to Punch Newspaper stand, which it term Buhari Lawlessness Our Stand.
Punch, one of the widely read newspaper Nigeria’s, on Wednesday published a highlighted of some of the instances where Buhari administration had continuously violated court orders including the treatment of an Human right activist, Omoyele Sowore.
Read the editorial article from Punch ‘Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand,’ on the article, the newspaper said it would henceforth address president Muhammad Buhari by his last military title when he ruled Nigeria as a military dictator.
Extract from the the article read “As a symbolic demonstration of our protest against autocracy and military-style repression, PUNCH (all our print newspapers, The PUNCH, Saturday PUNCH, Sunday PUNCH, PUNCH Sports Extra, and digital platforms, most especially Punchng.com) will henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Major General, and refer to his administration as a regime, until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law,”.
Reacting the article by The presidency, Femi Adesina described Punch’s stand on President Muhammad Buhari as a ‘testimony of free speech’ under Muhammad Buhari.
Femi Adesina Statement Read, "A newspaper says it will henceforth address President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.
"Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
"Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve."