Buhari has ordered the drastic
reduction in the number of
national newspapers supplied to
the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The restriction, evidence of
the prevalence of the economic
downturn, means that only few
top officials of government are
entitled to copies at the expense of
Nigerian Pilot Saturday learnt
that supplies to the offices of the
Chief of Staff to the president, the
Permanent Secretary State House
and the Deputy Chief of Staff were
restricted to between one and four
Although when the directive
was given isn’t clear, however
its adverse effect on newspaper
circulation in Abuja has been felt
by media houses that now have
huge additional unsold copies,
some of which could have been
supplied to the Presidency.
The newspaper houses, which
have been making supply to
the Presidential Villa, are also
lamenting that apart from the
losses they have incurred because
of the reduced supply, they
are being owed from previous
It was learnt that the government
was complaining about lack of
money to pay for newspapers.
When contacted, the Special
Adviser to the President on media
and publicity, Femi Adesina,
confirmed the story, blaming the
situation on the increase in the
cover prices of national dailies.
According to him, the increase
has shot up the newspaper supply
bill paid by the presidency.
It would be recalled that in
March this year, a number of
newspaper houses raised the costs
of their dailies from N150 to N200
while the weekend titles went
from N200 to N250.