Election of journalist expelled by Jonathan’s aides ‘instructive’ – Presidency


President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the freedom of the press, and restoration of Nigeria’s fortunes within the shortest possible time, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, has said.

This is contained in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja by Abiodun Oladunjoye, Deputy Director, Information at the Presidential Villa.

Mr. Adesina gave the assurance when the out-going Chairman and the Chairman-elect of the State House Press Corps, Kehinde Amodu and Ubale Musa, jointly visited him in his office.

Mr. Adesina, who is the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said it was noteworthy that the election of officers into the Corps was done in a transparent manner.

According to him, this is in tandem with the stance of the current administration to allow elections hold devoid of any form of interference.

He reiterated the belief of President Buhari that Nigeria would only be great again, if Nigerians shun all forms of corruption, greed and selfishness in their actions.

The presidential spokesman noted that “the election of Ubale Musa is very instructive, given that the same Musa was “rusticated” from the State House Press Corps by the previous administration.

“It is this administration that restored his accreditation,” he said.

He said the gesture was a clear demonstration of the belief of the Buhari administration in the freedom of the press.

Mr. Adesina, therefore, called on the chairman-elect to continue to lead his colleagues in an inclusive manner, having enjoyed an overwhelming support in his electoral victory.

In his remarks, the outgoing chairman, Mr. Amodu, said the best candidate won the election.

He assured that given the maturity and level headedness of Mr. Musa, there would be no form of acrimony or friction between the Corps and government officials in the Presidential Villa.

The chairman-elect, said he was happy to have come up at this time in the life of the administration and asked for the cooperation of the presidential spokesmen to make his job easy.

He assured the presidency of support in the implementation of its change agenda.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Messrs. Amodu and Musa also paid similar visits to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Ubale Musa is a correspondent of Deutsche Welle.



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  • Ken

    So GEJ is a nightmare to these people!

    • Burbank

      GEJ was a nightmare to Nigeria!

  • Burning Spear

    Soon the story by the Fulanis and their Yoruba errand boys in aso rock will be that it was Jonathan who refused to allow their ancestors lead us to them to the promised land when the Brits left in 1960……….animals

    • paul irumundomon

      Not errant boys, but slaves in their mother land. They are very many in the south. Look at all the efcc prosecutions, how many hausa men and women are there, these slaves don’t know their time must be off one day.

      • MO the Observer

        lol, shalow thinker.. so Dansuki is an ibo or yoruba man?

    • Burbank

      Nnamdi Kanu will lead his followers to Kuje.

  • Otile

    There’s nothing exemplary in the appointment of the President’s nephew Mamman Daura or retaining the discredited general Thief Tukur Buratai.

    • Burbank

      Like Jonathan’s appointment of Dasuki Sambo !

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen


  • paul irumundomon

    Because one hausa man is restricted, that means the press in Nigeria did not have freedom, according to adesina. Musa was not Nigeria, and adesina should have pointed out one delta man in buhari press team, tomorrow, this same man would say things differently, against the very god, he is praising today. Fake Nigerians.

  • Burbank

    May the free press champion the cause of a corruption-free Nigeria.
    Bravo to Ubale Musa on your election.

  • Papillon Noir

    I’m appalled to read comments based on racial bigotry! When all should be focused on getting the best governance or system to benefit all. Ethnic bashing or divide and rule will not progress any one.

  • Abidilagungun

    These guys are still into this Jonathan thing, they can’t get enough of him. The Buhari regime has arrested and jailed bloggers for criticising the government, if any of those state house reporters think they have independence and report their conscience, they would know that Ubale had a good deal under Jonathan…So, Femi, move on, stop this Jona obsession please, it makes you ridiculous