Reactions have continued to trail Punch Newspaper’s editorial published on Wednesday 11th December, 2019.
Since the news of the editorial broke out on social media, Nigerians have taken to micro-blogging site, Twitter to state their views on the decision of Punch Newspapers to address president Mohammadu Buhari as ‘Major General’.
In the editorial titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand” which has gone viral, Punch took a position to henceforth refer to President Muhammadu Buhari’s government as a regime and restore his military title of Major-General as a military dictator.
Thelagostimes had earlier reported that the Special adviser on media and publicity to President Mohammadu Buhari, Femi Adeshina, while reacting to the editorial, dismissed Punch’s stance. According to him, calling the president ‘Major General’ is not 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,” Adesina tweeted this morning.
Meanwhile, Nigerians who took to twitter have pitched their tent with Punch newspapers, supporting Punch’s decision.
See some twitter reactions below:
Dear Nigerians, welcome back to 1984.
It's a rare privilege initiated by Punch Time Machine to go back in time to see for yourself the regime of General Buhari as a Major General, and learn how to connect people's past to their future before making critical decisions and choice. pic.twitter.com/VUhyiWwNwH
— AyeMojubar 🤶🏻 (@ayemojubar) December 11, 2019
Today's @MobilePunch editorial, its resolution to henceforth prefix @MBuhari
with Major General & refer to his adminstration as regime in protest against autocracy is another huge feat renewing our hope in the media as a strong voice ready to hold govt. accountable & responsible
— Rt. Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin (@Adebo_ogund) December 11, 2019
Dear @MobilePunch, thank you for this brilliant move. I have joined you too.
— Ufuoma Egbamuno (@Foskolo) December 11, 2019
.@MobilePunch drops 'President' from the title of @NGRPresident @MBuhari the Nigerian newspaper says it's doing so to protest DSS handling of @YeleSowore's case and government disobedience of court order. @MobilePunch to henceforth refer to Nigerian President as 'Major General'
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) December 11, 2019
My attention has been drawn to the fact that @MobilePunch has unveiled Buhari's new Home kit Jersey for this season
"Major General Buhari Rtd"
The new jersey reflects his old club tradition of reckless tackles on Human Rights and Unbeaten record of Tyranny.
— Ebube The Statesman (@akaebube) December 11, 2019