Reactions as Punch Dares Buhari

In News 2019-12-11 11:04:27
Reactions as Punch Dares Buhari
Reactions as Punch Dares Buhari

By Olamide Fadoju

The Presidency says the decision of Punch Newspapers to refer to President Buhari as Major General is "another testimony to press freedom in Nigeria".


Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina made this known in a statement reacting to an announcement by the Punch Newspaper today.


In a surprising move on Wednesday, one of Nigeria’s foremost dailies,The Punch Newspapers in an editorial, announced that it will now refer to Nigeria’s democratically elected president as Major- General Muhammadu Buhari and his administration as ‘a regime’.


In the editorial titled ‘Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand', the newspaper cited the case of #Revolutionow Convener Omoyele Sowore and the Department of States Services( DSS) as an example of the disregard for human rights and the rule of law that has thrived under Buhari's government adding that the decision will continue until the administration starts to respect the rule of law. 


“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 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,” the editorial read. Read the full story here


Meanwhile, following the announcement, Nigerians from various walks of life have taken to Twitter to react.


Former Minister of Aviation Femi-Fani Kayode joined others in  praising the Punch Newspaper for its courage in taking such decision



Veteran journalist, Dele Momodu also saluted the newspaper for its boldness



Tv personality, Ebuku Obi-Unchendu and Rights activist, Deji Adeyanju gave thumbs up to the newspaper.

Senator Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th saluted the newspaper for standing up to ‘tyranny’ in the country.


Digital News Editor, Nigeria Info FM, Ufuoma Egbamuno not only praised the newspaper for its bravery but also pledged to join the cause and henceforth, refer to the President as ‘Major General’.



On the other hand, not everyone saw the announcement as praiseworthy. Journalist Fisayo Soyombo questioned the fate of the newspaper if the Federal Government through the DSS  decides to respond.




Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in his reaction reminded everyone that the President being a retired Major General, duly earned his rank and there should be no problem if he is addressed by his military title.



Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmed and others shared the same view with Mr Adesina.



Social commentator, Kayode Ogundamisi on his part expressed his curiosity over what name the Punch Newspaper will call Prof. Ben Ayade Governor of Cross River State who arrested and charged journalist Abba Jalingo with treason