PREMIUM TIMES thanks everyone for support, solidarity

We at PREMIUM TIMES hereby express our profound gratitude to all who showed support and solidarity with us when our journalists, Dapo Olorunyomi and Evelyn Okakwu, were arrested by the Nigerian Police Force on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

During those hours when our offices were raided and colleagues detained, the world rose in solidarity and stood firmly with us, with everyone not only condemning the attack but also calling for the immediate release of our staff.

We thank the Nigerian Union of Journalists, civil and human rights organisation, non-governmental organisations, clergymen, legal practitioners, political leaders and officials of government at different levels who played roles, openly or discreetly, in ensuring that our colleagues were freed.

We thank local and foreign media organisations who reported the event as it unfolded and pressured authorities to do the right thing.

Our gratitude goes to all human rights groups and other global organisations which in one form or another helped pressured the police, the army and the Nigerian government to let our journalists go.

We thank individuals at home and abroad who also called in not only to express their support for our work but also demanded that our colleagues be freed.

We cannot forget our esteemed readers who stood by us during those dark hours. We truly cannot thank you all enough.

Your solidarity and support showed that PREMIUM TIMES has become a public trust that should continue to play active roles in the affairs of our nation and the world at large, especially as an agent of social change and justice.

We will continue to do our best in helping to make our nation and the world a better place to live in.

Despite the ordeals of our colleagues, our spirits remain unbroken in our commitment to strengthening our democracy and promoting good governance in our country.

We will not be intimidated by any individual, group of individuals or institutions of government into giving up our quest for a country with strong and transparent institutions, and governed in the best possible way. We will continue to do our business legally, professionally and with undiluted patriotism.

We will continue to adhere to the ethics and tenets of the journalism profession. As usual, in our reportage of events, every side will be always be reflected.

Let us assure our nation’s political authorities that we at PREMIUM TIMES are partners in promoting the welfare and security of all Nigerians. They should see us as partners who will continue to hold them accountable rather than as adversaries.

SIGNED

IDRIS AKINBAJO

MANAGING EDITOR


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  • Regime Boy

    PREMIUM TIMES,

    You people are not objective! Why did you thank only those who called for your release?
    Why don’t you thank me for saying that you must never be released until Jesus comes back?
    Journalism is about fairness and objectivity. You must thank me too, not only your supporters!
    I am fully in support of General Tukur Buratai who you exposed as hiding some of his assets.

    How can anybody with fear of God expose a whole army general? I can’t allow that in my mind.
    General Buratai is above any law, even above United Nations too, so, what are you now saying?
    If he likes General Buratai can buy five hotels in one day in Dubai and hide it as Chief of Army.
    Look, deception is allowed in military. You cannot blame army general for doing deception, okay?

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  • MC

    Journalists indeed. Not publishing MC’s articles because he doesn’t suffer you fools gladly isn’t a way to be professional.

  • Isi Agwo

    Buhari arrested PT journalists, so how is that an issue? That’s a family matter which I will not get drawn into. PT is part of the propaganda arm of APC.

    • Decimator

      It might well be, I do not doubt your postulation. But here comes the difference, for now seeing for themselves and realizing that things are going the wrong way, PT did not hesitate in stating the facts clear, basically trying to correct that error of the past which I presume everybody would agree was grievous.

      Following the motto; everybody has a second chance to say I am sorry, PT has utilized that second chance very well.

      If the former Muslim president of the United States of America, Barrack Hussein Obama, who could go as far as making a personal video to campaign for the Jihadist Mohammadu Buhari, had been outspoken against Buhari regime´s massive Human right abuses headlong, may be Mohammadu Buhari, his murderous security forces and Fulani Herdsmen militia, would have been more restrained in their actions and some innocent souls lost over the past years of this blood sucking Vampires administration would have been saved today.

      It is exactly such act of total silence in the mist of massive mishap especially when one played a role in establishing the source of the Mishap that qualifies one as an accomplice. Thanks

  • Say the truth

    Congratulations PT. It is good and heart warming that you chose to stay on the side of the people of Nigeria. What happened should keep you on your toes and serve as a reminder that it is better to be on the side of the people. Government come and go but the people remain. This should also serve as a warning that if you indulge Buhari or any government for that matter you will make a monster out of them.