BUHARI MEETS JOURNALIST HE JAILED AS A MILITARY

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BUHARI MEETS JOURNALIST HE JAILED AS A MILITARY
Posted on: May 06, 2015, 05:04:35 PM
Nigeria’s president-elect,
Muhammadu Buhari, has met
one of the journalists jailed by
his military regime nearly 30
years ago.
Tunde Thompson was
imprisoned in 1984 under the
notorious Decree 4 of the Buhari
military government.
Alongside his colleague, Nduka
Iraboh, at the Guardian
newspaper, Mr. Thompson
became one the faces of the
regime’s iron-fisted rule, a case
repeatedly referenced during
Mr. Buhari’s campaign for
March 28 election.
Mr. Thompson said ahead of the
polls that he had forgiven Mr
Buhari. He later worked as part
of the former military leader’s
media team.
At a meeting Tuesday in Abuja,
Mr. Buhari praised the
journalist for rising above his
jail experience to forgive and
support him, saying what
happened under his military
regime was one of the
challenges of that period.
The president-elect also
commended members of his
campaign media team led by
Shehu Garba for running a very
“decent media campaign”
despite the vigorous hate
campaigns mounted against him
by the Peoples Democratic Party.
Mr. Buhari, who received
members of the team and
“Social Media Influencers” at
the Defence House, Abuja on
Tuesday, was full of praises for
the APC Presidential Campaign
Media & Publicity members.
“I want to commend you
especially for two things. First,
is the decent media campaign
you conducted. Despite the
PDP’s dirty tactics, you stayed
focused on issues and avoided
the temptation to sling mud.”
The president-elect praised INEC
for deploying technology as part
of the process of the last election
with the use of PVC and Card
Readers.
“We must commend Nigerians
who believe in our message of
change and INEC for
introducing Card Readers and
PVC,” he said.
“All elected leaders will now
know that the voter is the king.
Nigerians now have more faith
in our elections because their
votes will count.
“If not for PVC and Card
Readers the PDP as usual would
have written the results and
asked losers to go to court.
How can people who are
struggling to survive go to Court
and get money to pay the SANs
of this world. We must thank
God for the success of this
election.”



 

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