Our Decision To Stand With The PunchNg.
Following the shocking events surrounding the arrest, detention and subsequent re-arrest of renowned journalist and activist Omoyele Sowore, media houses such as PUNCH have taken the decision to declare their stance in the blatant disregard for the rule of law by the government and SSS using the power of words.
The current administration has continuously violated the human rights of anyone daring enough to oppose their actions even targeting government officials, institutions and various arms of government. Considering that the current “President” Major General Muhammadu Buhari has led the country under a strict military regime in the past where his word was law, it is not surprising that Nigeria is currently seeing a similar political climate plagued with repression in a regime that is obviously only concerned with furthering its own agenda.
Following an announcement made by PUNCH to not adopt the self-defeating and lethargic attitude most Nigerians have thanks to years of ethnical division, poverty, and political apathy due to bad governance, the Media house has chosen to only refer to the current government as a military “Regime” and the president as “Major General” since his rulership has all the markings of a military dictatorship.
In a show of solidarity and support, the editorial board of BREAKING TIMES has taken the unanimous decision to now desist from using the term “President Buhari” or “Government”. These terms will now be replaced with the words “RULER” and “REGIME”
We refuse to look the other way as basic human rights such as freedom of speech are violated, attacks on citizens and the press are carried out frequently and courts are violated in broad daylight. Barely a few months into the second term of its regime, there has been gross disobedience of court orders, and unlawfully detained its own citizens and members of the press proving that even though they came into power via democratic means, they intend to run a military regime styled government.
Until this regime ends its shameful affront on what a truly democratic society is, we cannot join in on the charade of false democracy. We stand with the PUNCH and other media publications like SignalNG that have chosen to call a spade a spade and refer to this regime as what it truly is, a sham of democracy and a controlled, totalitarian military regime masquerading itself as a free society.
If Ruler Muhammadu Buhari was truly a democratic president, he would put a stop to the continued abuse of power and human rights perpetrated by his security agents and government officials who seem not to understand the concept of fundamental human rights.
Until Ruler Buhari prevents his cohorts like Lawal Daura who using the SSS has detained citizens even after court orders for their release, prevented the arrest of criminals by the EFCC and raided the homes of sitting court judges we will continue with the narrative that Nigeria is currently under a military dictatorship.
Until journalists like Dadiyata Idris, Jones Abiri, Agba Jalingo and Stephen Kefas who have been detained for ludicrous charges like terrorism, treason and criminal defamation or for no reason at all have been freed, and respect for the rule of law, political and media freedom, and judicial independence is restored, BREAKING TIMES will continue to use its voice to spur Nigerians out of their recalcitrant state as we stand against repression and resist every effort aimed at weakening the nation until respect for the rule of law and human rights is no longer held in contempt.