Femi Adesina, the media assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari has made a quick reaction to Wednesday’s Editorial of the Punch Newspaper.
The newspaper had made a strong stand to vehemently condemn the current administration and decided to label the President a military dictator for the time being.
“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”, it partly said.
Adesina, however, defended the President in his brief tweet, stating that military title was earned and the insinuation made by Punch is “not completely out of order.”
“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,”, he wrote Wednesday morning.
President Buhari had previously ruled as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, although he has since claimed to be a reformed democrat after he emerged Nigeria’s democratic head.