By Eric Elezuo
The Punch Newspaper, in reaction to the oppressive tendencies of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, has declared that it would no longer refer to the Nigerian president by democratic titles but military appellations until he purges himself of ‘insufferable contempt for the rule of law’. It therefore, hinted Buhari will be referred to as Major General while his administration will be termed regime.
The Newspaper made the disclosure in its editorial of Wednesday, December 11, 2019 titled Buhari’s Lawlessness: Our Stand.
It highlighted the rearrest of Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, continued detention of El-Zakzaky, Dasuki among other journalists and fragrant disregard for the rule of law as some of reasons for the decision.
The editorial reads in part:
“As as 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.”