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Ezekwesili hails Punch for standing against Buhari’s alleged dictatorial regime

A former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, praised the PUNCH newspapers for opposing President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged dictatorial regime.

In a notice entitled “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 referring to the DSS’s violation of court orders in the trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters; invasion of courtroom and trial of Shiites’ leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky amongst others.

Punch said its decision shows its protest against autocracy and military-type repression under the Buhari administration.

In reaction, Ezekwesili asked President Muhammadu Buhari to read and reflect on the 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.