Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Buhari’s media aide, Adesina, allegedly threatens Punch State House reporter

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Monday, unleashed a torrent of abuse and threats on Punch's State House Correspondent, Mr John Ameh, it has been claimed.

Ameh and other journalists were at the Press Gallery of the Presidential Villa, Abuja when Adesina, a former President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, walked in and, without exchanging courtesies, began to scream and gesticulate aggressively at our correspondent in the full glare of his colleagues.

“What was that rubbish you people wrote on Saturday? Adesina asked, referencing a story published by one of their newspapers, Saturday Punch, on Saturday.

“Did you say that Mr President did not approve the statement? Let me tell you, if you want to last here, you had better be careful!”

The presidential aide then walked away before Mr Ameh could utter a word in response.

Punch gathered that Adesina had also threatened to bar members of the State House Press Corps from ‘open coverage’ of the President’s events.

The Saturday Punch story, “Tribunal: Buhari retracts, confesses he was under pressure” had quoted Buhari as telling some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress who visited him on Friday that he was under tension while the tribunal delivered its judgment on Wednesday.