- The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has demanded an apology from the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Abubakar
- Abubakar expelled the State House correspondent of The Punch Newspapers, Olalekan Adetayo from Aso Rock recently
- The reporter has since been recalled to resume at the seat of power
The NGE has demanded an apology from the CSO of President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Abubakar, for expelling the State House correspondent of The Punch Newspapers, Olalekan Adetayo from Aso Rock recently.
Although, Adetayo has since been recalled to the State House, the NGE condemned the expulsion in very strong terms.
In a statement by its president, Mrs Funke Egbemode, the NGE said while it acknowledged the recall of Adetayo to the State House the recall of Adetayo to the State House, it “hereby registers its displeasure at the manner he was treated and the circumstances of his expulsion.”
The guild considered the action of the CSO a clear affront on the media and an attempt to muzzle it from discharging its constitutional duty of being a vehicle for the dissemination of information.
Part of the statement seen by NAIJ.com read: “As a deterrence to others, the guild urges Mr President to discipline the CSO for over-reaching himself and acting in a manner intended to gag free speech.
“The guild urges the presidency to take steps to ensure that such disrespectful treatment of any journalist covering the State House or any other beat in the country by security operatives does not happen again.
“The guild notes that the media has been a strategic partner of the Nigerian government and a pathfinder in the building and sustenance of democracy and that on no account should the media and its professionals be subjected to harassment and humiliation in a manner that tends to undermine their ability to discharge their duties in the public interest.
“The treatment meted out to Adetayo runs contrary to the tenets of freedom of expression as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.”
It noted that the Nigerian media has made tremendous sacrifice in the fight for the birthing of democracy in the country, and “is making even greater sacrifice in its sustenance and it will not be cowered now or in the future.”
Meanwhile, the CSO of President Buhari, was recently quoted as saying no man can stop the president from ruling for 8 years.