Femi Adesina, the spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, has released a Bashir Abubakar, chief security officer (CSO), did not consult the media office before he expelled Olalekan Adetayo, PUNCH’s state house correspondent, from Aso Rock.
It was reported on Monday that the reporter was expelled for writing reports considered to be “uncomplimentary” to the Buhari administration.
But in series of tweets, Adesina said his principal is committed to press freedom and an amicable solution would be found to the matter further stating that the Buhari administration would not muzzle the media in any way.
“We weren’t consulted in the media office by the CSO before he expelled The PUNCH reported. President Buhari is committed to press freedom,” Adesina tweeted.
“An amicable solution would be found to The Punch reporter matter. President Buhari does not intend to muzzle the media in any way.”
In its report, Punch said Abubakar had earlier summoned Adetayo to his office and questioned him on two reports – titled ‘Seat of power’s event centers going into extinction’ and “Fresh anxiety in Aso Rock over Buhari’s poor health” published on Saturday and Sunday respectively.