N.B. Dear reader, you are probably thinking much like we are “Wait, but the Nigerian land borders are still closed to trade. How is this all going to work?” We look forward to seeing how it all unfolds.
The Head of Immigration for Nigeria also had a few things to say. Here
No One Wins When The Family Feuds
The wife of Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari accused presidential spokesman Garba Shehu of being disloyal in a strongly worded statement
The Dictator (not Sacha Baron-Cohen)
The Punch, one of Nigeria’s most famous and influential national newspapers has announced that it will now refer to President Muhammadu Buhari as a “military dictator” and address him by his rank Major General.
According to the Punch, the administration is a dictatorship because of its alleged human rights violations and disregard for democratic institutions.
In the editorial which the Punch published, the newspaper went on to say “until he and his repressive regime purge themselves of their martial tendency therefore, PUNCH will not be a party to falsely adorning it with a democratic robe, hence our decision to label it for what it is – an autocratic military-style regime run by Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd)”.
The paper also cites the arrest and detention of Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore
and Muslim cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky
and the authorities’ “disregard” of court orders granting the release of detainees held by the country’s security forces for its decision.
How did the President’s media team react to the news? Did they begin emergency Public Relations handling? No. His head of media instead said: