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Presidency Reacts To Punch’ Jab, calling Buhari a ‘Major General’

President Buhari’s special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has reacted after The PUNCH newspaper vowed to deal with President Buhari as Major General.

See copy of what Punch wrote and how Naija reacted to it on twitter bellow.

Here is Femi Adesina’s reaction to the Punch

Another Testimony To Press Freedom In Nigeria, By Presidency

A newspaper says it will henceforth address President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General. Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he’s also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

All over the world, just as in our country, a large number of retired military officers are now democrats. It does not make those who didn’t pass through military service better democrats than them.

Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it’s a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
December 11, 2019

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