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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Ezekwesili Advises Buhari As PUNCH Vows To Call President 'Major General'

Ezekwesili Advises Buhari As PUNCH Vows To Call President 'Major General'

Oby Ezekwesili, President Muhammadu Buhari

Punch said its decision shows its protest against autocracy and military-style repression under Buhari’s administration.

A former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili has hailed PUNCH Newspapers for standing up against President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged dictatorial regime.

In a notice titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand”, Punch stated that it 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 newspaper made the decision while making reference to DSS non-compliance to court orders on trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters; invasion of courtroom and trial of Shiites’ leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky amongst others.

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Punch said its decision shows its protest against autocracy and military-style repression under Buhari’s administration. In reaction, Ezekwesili called on President Muhammadu Buhari to read and reflect on issues highlighted by Punch.

On her Twitter page, She wrote: “No one needs to tell me about the importance of the free press in a democratic society or about the essential role a newspaper can play in its community-Robert Kennedy

“Glad you rose to this ideal Punch. I advise Buhari to read and reflect deep on all you wrote.”

Meanwhile, in reaction to Punch’s decision, Femi Adesina, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said the newspaper’s decision to call Buhari ‘Major General’ is not out of order.

Adesina on his Twitter page @FemiAdesina added that Buhari has earned the rank ‘Major General’ according to him, Punch’s publication is proof of press freedom under Buhari’s administration.

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