Accused of clampdown, Buhari says he’s proud of Nigerian media

President Muhammadu Buhari watching TV

President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the Nigerian media, saying journalists have performed their duties diligently.

The president, who made his position known on his Twitter handle, @MBuhari, on Sunday, said he was always in touch with news from home when he travels outside the country.

Mr. Buhari left last week for the United Kingdon for a vacation.

President Buhari, whose picture was also posted in the tweet, specifically named Channels TV as one of his favourite television stations.

He said: “Wherever I am, I keep up with news from home. Channels TV is one of my favorites. I’m proud of what the Nigerian media are achieving.’’

The post came amid conflicting reports about the president’s health.

The presidency, on Saturday, denied reports suggesting Mr. Buhari had taken seriously ill or even passed away.

A spokesperson, Garba Shehu, described the reports as “evil rumours”.

He also described as false and untrue the report that the president was flown to Germany.

Mr. Shehu said, “He is alive and well! President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK and be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time.”

The president’s tweet is seen as aimed at dispelling rumours about his health, while also reassuring the public of his government’s relationship with the media.

The Buhari administration came under fire last week after police briefly detained two PREMIUM TIMES journalists.

Police said the journalists were arrested based on complaints filed by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

The arrests, following previous ones involving journalists from other organisations, sparked furious allegations of attempts by the government to gag the press.

President Buhari left Abuja for the UK on Thursday. He is expected to resume work on Feb. 6, 2017.


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  • Buhari is a Terrorist.

    See how this uneducated Terrorist carry leg put for table with our oil money, person don suffer.

    • Dan Blocker

      @Buhari is a Terrorist.:disqus

      Buhari has intentionally refused to appoint a substantive Chief Justice and
      refused to give any reason till date for his nonsense conduct, as if Nigeria
      belongs to him and his primitive and murderous Fulani kinsmen, to run the
      country like personal fiefdom. Buhari, of course, cannot be expected to say
      in public that he considers the post of Chief Justice of Nigeria as the birth
      right of his northern kinsmen. That is why he’s kept quiet in his pursuit of
      evil. He appointed the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court (Onoghen)
      as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, because Onoghen is a southerner.

      • Luke Ogah

        ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE? ACTING FOR WHO NOW? THIS MUHAMADU BUHARI IS A CASE!

    • emmanuel

      Na sooo.
      Imagine the man dey put im dirty leg for table for us to see, when i neva get light for over a week. Buhari is a big error.

      • Julius

        Why are you raising your blood pressure over another man’s country ? You are a biafraudian, get with your own country. Abeg !!

        • emmanuel

          Let me remind you that Osinbajo came begging my Country last week to allow your cursed country have some more Oyel. There is always a price for arrogance and ignorance.
          I think say the Gas and Oil wen dey run Nigeria dey Lagos or Kano?
          I heard Fashola say that Gas supply is sabotaged.
          I would rather say the natural owner are checkmating their stolen products. Na when you nor see light charge your fone again and dey wear rumpled clothes go out, you go know say Jaguda get oga!

          • Julius

            Who da hell is begging a bunch of lazy drunkards ? Be serious…if not for Gen. Adekunle, you wont be talking craps about some country. Read your sorry history biko. Move to your country and take ya oyeil with you. Bye, bye !!

  • Henry Ogbue

    @Buhari is a Terrorist.:disqus

    Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina are not convincing anybody and must be told
    to stop dressing up President Buhari in borrowed robes. President Buhari is not
    close to the portrait they paint of him as a broad-minded democratic thinker who
    loves a contest of ideas and thus enjoys intellectual solutions to public issues.

    Not once in his 74 odd years did President Buhari ever seek public opinion as the
    polestar for resolving public policy – never! President Buhari rather always braced for
    military force, beatings, diktat, arrest and detention of journalists. A man with no ability
    to debate public policy cannot at the same time be a lover of any channel on television.

    • Julius

      You should organize the biafraud army , police and the biafraud intelligent agency (BIA) and arrest him for being a “terrorists” . Oh, I forgot you are not a Nigerian so for you to do that you will be invading another country. You might try it anyway being the most powerful people on the planet..you know, the Jews of Africa and all.

      • Otile

        Right now sycophancy, cowardice, and treachery have temporarily muted the agitation for Oduduwa Republic. When Mohamed Buhari is dead and buried brave breed of Yoruba people will liberate Yoruba land. The present crop of oduafraudians are cowards. Ifa Orunmilla ba awon omo yin oo.

  • O.O Osas

    Premium Times Editor,

    NIGERIA IS IN ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE because what you have does not have what it takes
    to move Nigeria forward and new elections are not due until another two years to replace Buhari.
    The problem now is how to live under continuous set of wrong policies that are sinking Nigeria.
    There’s been no electricity in most parts of Nigeria since New Year day and the darkness is deep.
    Crimes and violence have now overtaken cities and crimes and overwhelmed the Police Force.
    Illiterates fill up Ministries and civil service to make the meaning of ‘government’ in Nigeria a joke.

    • emmanuel

      Sorry, there has never been any policy in place since this Government, except CBN experiments to see the failed FG double exchange rate to enable them have more naira to fund their non-existent budget.
      There is supposed to be an economic team headed by Osinbajo – Lawyer, Udo Udoma – Lawyer and an inglorious economist – Kemi (who i suspect she did online degree which earned her that position).
      Her major achievement since her appointment is the whitsle blowing arrangement which was meant to be handled by the Attorney General. But it became a major policy trust, since the Finance minister practically has no job.
      The way Nigeria is today, a teenage boy or girl can run it effectively and make and achieve better result

      • No-Comment

        “President Buhari’s thinking process is seriously encumbered by his inability to tolerate
        the thoughts, feelings, views and the rights of others. He is unable to understand why others
        should see things differently from him. He is at pains as to why others could not genuflect
        at his snapping of his finger. He is intellectually constricted to understand why he has to
        debate his views or his positions or why he should tolerate those who have the temerity
        to question his views or stand on anything. Buhari is already failing as a born again
        democrat. And from the look of things, “awry” is the word that describes the state
        of the APC and Buhari’s administration right now”.

        ………Remi Oyeyemi

        [February 11th, 2016]

  • Say the truth

    Premium times out of fear has started censoring comments again. Very soon they will send soldiers to beat all of you up. When that time comes don’t cry to us. You want to indulge a dictator let’s see how far you can go with it.

    • Julius

      You also know that you don’t have to read them or post comments on their site. In that case you wont have to worry about them sending anybody after you. That should be simple enough.

      • emmanuel

        you are a moron. You hate truth
        My investments in capital market are all worth used toilet tissue paper, thanks to a brain dead brother of Yar Adua

        • Julius

          lol@my investments in capital market..really ? You mean in kidnapping and baby factory …Have you ever consider moving your investments to biafraud ? I think you should try that. Make your brand new utopia country better. Moron, you ain’t got a pan to piss in to be talking about investments. Oh I forgot, you also mean investments in MMM ? Lmaooo !

      • Gary

        Interesting that you E-rats prefer and thrive under censorship since that gives you free rein to spew your propaganda unchallenged.
        You have since killed the credibility of SR with that so you now want to do the same with PT.
        Good luck to Dapo and his staff if they return to censoring comments. You are right, readers will simply migrate elsewhere and you regime agents can have the forum to yourselves as you now do on SR. It must be fun and really productive to be preaching to yourselves. It’s easy money too.

        • Julius

          I’m still waiting for you and people like you to start your own site. You complain about this and that but still yapping on the site you are claiming to be censoring you. Dude, I don’t know what to say. I do not read the news from a site or newspaper that I know are not serving my interest. I don’t watch FOX NEWS or read the Washington examiner here because I know they tow the right wing lines. I do not complain about them either. Maybe you should try and do the same with the sites you find to be censoring you. Fear enough ?

          • Gary

            Unlike you and your principals, an enlightened mind reads widely and must be open to opposing viewspoints and opinions.
            So do yourselves a favor and broaden your horizons to accommodate a plethora of views and acknowledge that not everyone is obliged to regard Buhari as the sage and hero you are trying so hard, at public expense, to ram down the throats of Nigerians.
            Those who love and voted for Trump came out to cheer him on his Inauguration. The next day, those who did not came out to rally and tell the nation and the world that they don’t support the Trump agenda.
            See, that’s democracy in action. Everyone gets a right to have their say in public. No police or soldiers breaking heads or shooting demonstrators or harassing the media.
            That is the Nigeria we were promised and some of us want to build.

          • Otile

            No wonder you are hopelessly close minded; you don’t watch news media or read any paper that does not serve your selfish narrow interest. No wonder you’re as ignorant as a mouse in the hole, your logic is dumb. Wake up.

  • Mentus

    Shame on Buhari’s media guru. The posted photo could not have been more wrong. This is somebody who is supposed to have travelled for his health, a president whose country is crumbling and his people dying of hunger, a president who has no handle on virtually every issues affecting his country and all they can do is post a sick picture of him lounging in the tax payers appartment watching TV. And to crown it all his citizens are treated to what he considers his favourite TV. He should be reminded that 95% of his citizens does not know what he is talking about as they cannot watch to due to power failure and more to the point they cannot afford the charges of DSTV.
    Of course he is receiving first class medical attention while so many sick citizens of Nigeria are lying in hospitals where there are no drugs or facilities to give them basic medical care and the rest cannot afford even a few naira to buy mere paracetamol.
    Don’t these people have any conscience.

    • Powerlessconscious

      All these problems you put the blame on buhari. So buhari caused all your problem. You are really sick. Are you not all supporting NIGER DELTA AVENGER against government that they should continue to blow the gas pipeline. And you still want electricity? Are you guys not supporting thieves arrested by efcc because you complained a thief in APC has not been arrested? Are you guys not praying everyday at your shrine that the president should not succeed because gej lost? Are you guys not wishing the country all sort evils because of your bitterness against buhari? Now God gives you guys what you wish against the country and you are still complaining. Mind you, despite your ranting and wishes, the current governt has been managing the country in a sustainable way that not only current generation will start enjoying the country very soon, the future generation also have hope. That is sustainability. The future is always important than the present. God bless baba.

      • Senator D

        You have no point. He is the C-in-C if he has lost control of the nation just like APC accused Jonathan that he was in control of the nation then Bubu should do the needful… You already know. Am so happy that the RCCG that helped install Bubu by selling Osinbajo are now enjoying the change brought by Bubu by GO’s retirement…

    • blueeyedkitten

      go kill yourself!

      • emmanuel

        If he does not kill himself, you will cook food and generate light with firewood from your sambisa forest.

        • blueeyedkitten

          id!ot! werent you happy your terrorists brothers were blowing up the pipelines? now you want to complain about lack of light? bunch of m0rons!

          • Senator D

            No Niger Delta Militia has been rated the fourth or any rank within terrorist groups in the world by anyone… So we know BH and Fulani Herdsmen are terrorists… Don’t get it twisted!

          • blueeyedkitten

            we dont need any big daddy from the west to teleguide us. mumu!

          • Senator D

            Empty brain. Your virulent remarks smack of imbecility of the highest order… Certificate forger!

          • blueeyedkitten

            you’re not making any sense here…

    • dami

      Full time nuisance you are…supporting avengers to blow up pipeline yet you want light…supporting thieves cos they are your brothers yet you want improvement…it would be better if you supported him and stopped castigating him while supporting saboteurs.

  • Gary

    This is all they needed or a photograph of Buhari with a newspaper that shows the date as proof that the man is hale and hearty.
    Rather than issuing abusive statements to counter rumors about his wellbeing.

    • H.Ogbue

      @disqus_37tUayk10K:disqus

      Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina are not convincing anybody and must be told
      to stop dressing up President Buhari in borrowed robes. President Buhari is not
      close to the portrait they paint of him as a broad-minded democratic thinker who
      loves a contest of ideas and thus enjoys intellectual solutions to public issues.

      Not once in his 74 odd years did President Buhari ever seek public opinion as the
      polestar for resolving public policy – never! President Buhari rather always braced for
      military force, beatings, diktat, arrest and detention of journalists. A man with no ability
      to debate public policy cannot at the same time be a lover of any channel on television.

      • DanBlocker

        @disqus_37tUayk10K:disqus: BUHARI has even intentionally refused to appoint a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria,
        and refused to give any reason till date for his nonsense conduct, as if Nigeria belongs to him and his primitive and murderous Fulani kinsmen, to run the country like personal fiefdom. Buhari, of course, can’t
        be expected to say in public that he considers the post of Chief Justice of Nigeria as the birth right of his northern kinsmen. That is why he’s kept quiet in his pursuit of evil. He appointed the most senior Justice
        of the Supreme Court (Onoghen) but only as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, because Onoghen
        is a southerner.

        • Advanced Analysis

          Do you understand English very well? If yes, then, follow me!

          For the first time
          in the history of Nigeria there is no Chief Justice of Nigeria. In fact, since
          November after Buhari appointed Justice Onnoghen as Acting Chief Justice,
          President Buhari has not taken any step to send the name of Justice Onnoghen
          to the Senate for confirmation as the real and substantive Chief Justice of
          Nigeria. Do you get it now? Is this what a honest President who genuinely likes
          CHANNELS TELEVISION will do? Did Channels television say Buhari should do that?

          In the Constitution
          of Nigeria a president that says he has appointed a Judge as ACTING
          CHIEF JUSTICE is saying to the whole world that there is no Chief Justice of
          Nigeria. Are you following me? What I am telling you here as free tutorial is
          advanced law. An Acting Chief Justice can only exist where there is no Chief
          Justice.

          What President Buhari is saying
          to Nigerians now is that he has not appointed anybody at all
          as Chief Justice of Nigeria, either because Justice Onnoghen is not worth it
          (in Buhari’s views) or he wants to appoint a junior under Justice Onnoghen
          who is a northerner and a Muslim as Chief Justice. Are you following me?

          • Law Lexis

            “If the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria is vacant or if the person holding the office is for any reason unable to perform the functions of the office, then until a person has been appointed to
            and has assumed the functions of that office, or until the person holding the office has resumed
            those functions, the president shall appoint the most senior justice of the Supreme Court to
            perform those functions
            .”

            ……….Section 230 (4) of the 1999 Constitution
            (as amended)

      • Iyalaya Anybody

        BUHARI IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER BOTH FOR IGNORANCE AND FOLLY.

        BUHARI DOES NOT READ AND SO HE DOES NOT KNOW THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW.

      • Gary

        I actually feel sorry for Shehu Garba for agreeing to work for a boss who’s definitely a mismatch for him. There is nothing more miserable and frustrating than working for a boss you know in your heart is not up to snuff but who thinks he’s God gift to mankind. Not too many people in our part of the world have the integrity nor options to turn down public office as a matter of principle.

        Femi Adesina on the other hand is cut from the same cloth as Buhari -two incompetents with the same traits and temperament with an exaggerated opinion of themselves.

  • Senator D

    Am happy that RCCG who sang “APC chnage because of Pastor Osinbajo” have started enjoying the change also… All of a sudden there’s palpable fear amongst Church leaderships now… Did I hear GO say government intervention in Church matters? Abeg make unah leave me hand ooooo. Buhari hasn’t started with you guys yet… Just wait you guys at PT Soldiers will invade your Hqtrs soon and lash you all with koboko… Unah yansh go red!

    • commentsfile..!

      knowledge full everywhere bro .. look for ground pick your own abeg,
      na 2017 we dey so..

  • Otile

    Why on earth is Imam Mohamed Buhari asking to borrow $30bn to waste on the Core North?

    • commentsfile..!

      because the south south region is now a war torn zone.

      • Otile

        Poor logic, do you rebuild while the war is still going on?

        • commentsfile..!

          you know say mouth no far, na knowledge hard. u fit look for am
          a life time still u no go see pick. na south south people problem be
          that. no matter how bad una go paint the north they always have a way
          of positioning themselves for leadership. for buhari… good job.

          • Otile

            They know how to position themselves for power through force and threat of force/terrorism, but see where they landed Nigeria today. Shame

  • thusspokez

    Why makes Buhari think that releasing photo of his bare feet on a coffee table is a clever thing to do? Something, parents frown at, and tell their children not to do.

  • Otile

    Wallahi, what Imam is doing to desperate Nigerians is like a fat rich man eating his stake in front of poor starving people. His picture above mocks millions of the hungry poor, especially those made poor by Buhari’s recession.