Tuesday, 10 December 2019

PUNCH renames Buhari as "Major General", See reason

As a way of protest over the invation of the court room by men of the DSS to rearrest and continues detention Sowore, a Nigerian
media platform, Punch, on Wednesday said it will start addressing President Muhammadu Buhari as "Major General". 

"As a symbolic demonstration of our protest against autocracy & military-style repression, PUNCH…will henceforth prefix Buhari's name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Major General, & refer to his administration as a regime…" Punch said in a post.

Sowore, the founder of the New York-based website Sahara Reporters, is being charged with seven felony counts, including treason and the "cyberstalking" of Buhari.

Sowore and activist Olawale Bakare were arrested by the Department of State Security Services(DSS) in August for organizing a nationwide protest against Buhari's government.

The journalist was released on last Thursday, a day before his court hearing. However, DSS officials stormed the court premises and re-arrested him, sparking nationwide outrage and international criticism against the government.

US Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, where Sowore's family is based, said he was outraged by the "blatant harassment" of the journalist and authorities' disregard for court orders granting his release on bail.

"A Nigerian court has twice ordered his release on bail, and the state's security agencies openly defied the court order each time, leading me to conclude that either Nigeria no longer respects the rule of law or President Buhari is woefully out of touch with what his agents are doing in his name," the lawmaker said.

Sowore, an activist turned politician, ran against Buhari in the February elections and has often criticized government policies in the country.

His case has been adjourned until February 11, according to his lawyer.

Buhari likes to call himself a "converted democrat." At least that's what he said during his 2015 presidential run, when he was attempting to re-brand himself as a reformer after years as a military man.

But plenty of reports of "directorship" administration. When Buhari ran for president in 2015, it was with the promise of a Nigeria free from the political repression and silencing of dissent that were hallmarks of his tenure as head of state from 1983 to 1985.