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How Buhari’s Administration Killed 189 Journalists, 69 Protesters

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President Muhammadu Buhari

A report has emerged of how 189 journalists were killed under the administration former President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was contained in a report by an international human rights organisation, Global Rights.

The report labeled Buhari’s reign as one characterised by threats or intimidation of journalists and protesters.

The organisation said Buhari made frantic efforts to suppress access to information, curtail freedom of expression, and monitor how and for what purposes citizens assembled.

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Also, it said an estimated 250 protesters and 189 journalists were arrested, detained, or harassed under the former president.

In its report titled, “Shege! A scorecard on the Buhari administration’s impact on Nigeria’s civic space,” which was published on January 13, 2024, Global Rights said;

“In the eight-year term of President Buhari’s administration, Nigeria witnessed a notable decline on all frontiers of the civic space and basic freedoms.

“The administration was characterised by a suspicious relationship with the media, a frosty relationship with civil society organisations, and a clear desire to control access to information, curtail freedom of expression, and monitor how and for what purposes citizens assembled.

“There were also several legislative attempts made by the administration with regard to the civic space. If all these attempts made it into law, it is safe to say Nigeria would have emerged as one of the most repressive democracies globally.”

“The number of peaceful protesters killed: at least 69. Number of arrests made during peaceful protests: 250 (estimated based on available data)

“Instances of government interference in the activities of CSOs: At least four. Number of journalists arrested, detained, or harassed: more than 189,” it said.

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Written by Tare Magbei

Tare Magbei is a media practitioner with Daily Report Nigeria.

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