A lot of Nigerians have taken to their social media platforms to hail Punch Newspapers after the media house said it will now prefix President Muhammadu Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s in all its publications in protest against the rising disregard for the rule of law by his administration.
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.
Reacting to the steps made by Punch Newspapers, some prominent Nigerians took to their social media pages and wrote;
Femi Fani-Kayode wrote;
has shown immense courage by calling @Buhari
out. Kudos to them! If more of our media houses were to display the same high degree of responsibility, good sense, decency and courage that the Punch has done on this occassion, Buhari would have been history long ago.
Senator Shehu Sani wrote;
The Punch Newspaper Editorial of today sends a clear message to the perpetrators,choristers and fans of tyranny and state repression in our country and the corrosive and cowardly silence of those who should speak truth to power.Kudos.
Dele Momodu wrote;
PUNCH BELLS THE CAT… KUDOS…
Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand https://punchng.com/buharis-lawlessness-our-stand/ via @MobilePunch
Fisayo Soyombo wrote;
Many of you are happy with @MobilePunch
this minute, but what will you do if/when the lawless agents of this govt comes after the paper and its editors?
Will you look the other way, because you’re not in PUNCH’s employ, or will you be ‘alive’ enough to offer solidarity?
The media has finally stirred awake to its role as one of the opposition stands against any Govt, I’m very pleased.
Anyone who reads me would have noticed references to “Buhari regime” – as it indeed is.
Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand – Punch Newspapers
Nedu Ekeke #BBOG wrote;
Maybe some of you need to be reminded of the role Punch Newspapers played in holding Obasanjo to account.
There was no social media then.
Respect Punch, please.
Don’t let your anger about how they flogged Jonathan with koboko colour your view of what the paper stands for.
The gloves are finally off. I called out Punch’s deliberate sectionalism last night, but I’m sincerely indifferent to their editorial decision to pursue activism in this fashion. Whether this is professional, is a question for media ethics theorists.