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Sowore Reacts To Govt’s Advert Omission, Urges Nigerians To Support PUNCH

About 3 weeks ago, the PUNCH Newspapers stood up against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration alleging it is a  dictatorial regime.

Sowore Reacts To Govt's Advert Omission, Urges Nigerians To Support PUNCH

In a notice titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand”, Punch stated that it 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.

The newspaper made the decision while making reference to DSS non-compliance to court orders on trial of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters; invasion of courtroom and trial of Shiites’ leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky amongst others.

Reacting to this after 10 days of his release, the convener of RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore has called on Nigerians to continue to support PUNCH in every way possible including purchasing copies of the widely-read newspaper.

ALSO READ: DSS Finally Release Sowore After Much Rebellion(Photos)

In view of this, it is alleged that the presidency have decided to stop placing adverts in Punch because of what Sowore describe as the presidency’s uncompromising position on tyranny, free speech and civil rights.

Sowore said;

We did this because the Nigerian Presidency decided in its pettiness not to place an advert in PUNCH because of their uncompromising position on tyranny, free speech and civil rights.

Speaking through his twitter handle, Sowore hoped that at least one million Nigerians can purchase a copy of the paper each to appreciate PUNCH for all that it had done to promote rule of law and free speech in the country.

His twitter post;

It is also noted that, on the 30th of Dec, all the leading Nigerian Dailies had carried a special message from the Federal Government to citizens, wishing them a great 2020 ahead.

But Punch maintain that, they were omitted from the advert, which raise suspicions that it could have been left out due to its latest hard-line stance against the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.

ALSO READ: Sowore Nominated For U.S Prisoner Of Conscience Honour

While complimenting PUNCH for it’s bold step, Sowore called on Nigerians to continue to stand by the newspaper, he said;

Today we decided to buy and read PUNCH Newspaper and hope at least one million Nigerians can purchase a copy of the revolutionary daily paper.

The PUNCH has become the newspaper of the people and we have a duty to help sustain their conscientious style of reporting.

We did this because the Nigerian Presidency decided in its pettiness not to place an advert in PUNCH because of their uncompromising position on tyranny, free speech and civil rights.



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