The Presidency says it has gotten clearance to recall Punch Newspaper State House correspondent, Olalekan Adetayo, to Aso Rock.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief Security Officer had on Monday expelled Adetayo from State House over an “unfavourable” report on the President’s health.
In a tweet early Tuesday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the presidency has gotten the clearance of the Director-General of the Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, to recall the correspondent.
His words: “We just got a clearance from Malam Lawal Daura, the DG SSS to recall Lekan to the Villa.
“The Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina and I will resolve the issue. Lekan should be assured that he is safe. We will straighten out everything”
In an update, the presidency tweeted that the correspondent has been recalled and reiterated President Buhari’s committment to press freedom.
Meanwhile, Adesina has said that the CSO did not inform or consult the presidency’s media office before the expulsion.
He said: “We weren’t consulted in the media office by the CSO before he expelled The Punch reporter. President Buhari is committed to press freedom.
“An amicable solution would be found to The Punch reporter matter. President Buhari does not intend to muzzle the media in any way”.