The Presidency has recalled Lekan Adetayo, the Punch newspaper State House correspondent, who was expelled from the Presidential Villa by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief Security Officer, Bashir Abubakar.
In a short statement posted via the@NGRPresident Twitter account, the presidency reiterated Buhari’s commitment to freedom of the press.
“Lekan Adetayo, the @MobilePunchCorrespondent, has been recalled to the State House. We reiterate PMB’s commitment to press freedom,” the tweet read.
The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, had reacted to news of Adetayo’s expulsion, by saying the media office was not consulted before the decision was made.
“We weren’t consulted in the media office by the CSO before he expelled The Punch reporter. President Buhari is committed to press freedom,” Adesina said.
“An amicable solution would be found to The Punch reporter matter. President Buhari does not intend to muzzle the media in any way.”