Feel free to refer to Buhari as Major General, Presidency replies Punch, Nigeria
By Gambo Jagindi
Feel free to refer to Buhari as Major General, Presidency replies PUNCH, Nigerians
The presidency has reacted to an editorial of Punch Newspaper in which the medium said it would start addressing President Muhammadu Buhari as a Major General.
Buhari’s special adviser on media Femi Adesina said on Wednesday that Nigerians are free to refer the president by his military rank.
“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 said.
In an editorial entitled ‘Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand’, on Wednesday, the newspaper said it will also refer to the Buhari administration as a regime until it purges itself of ”contempt for 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 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 said.