Journalist David Hundeyin Apologizes for Book Delay, Cites Government Harassment


David Hundeyin

Nigerian journalist David Hundeyin sparked controversy on Monday with a tweet alleging government interference in the distribution of his new book, “Breaking Point.”

“I owe an apology to everyone in Nigeria who ordered ‘Breaking Point’ and didn’t receive it yet,” Hundeyin wrote. “I don’t know who is terrified of my book, but the publisher and distributors are being harassed by the Nigerian government, which is why it’s still not available on Roving Heights.”

Hundeyin’s tweet, which has since garnered significant traction online, raises concerns about press freedom and freedom of expression in Nigeria. The journalist did not elaborate on the nature of the alleged harassment, but his accusation has ignited calls for transparency and accountability from the government.

“The first few orders should have been delivered today, per my publisher, and I’m currently working on a guerilla distribution strategy to get around Nigerian government censors and get this important book into the hands of the public.

“Kindly bear with me,” he noted.

“Breaking Point,” which is Hundeyin’s second book, reportedly delves into sensitive topics related to Nigerian politics and society. The book’s delay in reaching shelves has fueled speculation about its content and potential to challenge the status quo.

Roving Heights, the bookstore mentioned in Hundeyin’s tweet, is a popular platform for independent authors in Nigeria. Their silence on the matter has further amplified the concerns surrounding the book’s distribution.

Hundeyin’s accusation has sparked a debate online, with many Nigerians expressing solidarity with the journalist and demanding answers from the authorities. The Nigerian government has yet to respond to Hundeyin’s claims, leaving the situation shrouded in uncertainty.

As the story unfolds, it remains to be seen whether “Breaking Point” will eventually reach its intended audience and what impact Hundeyin’s allegations will have on the wider conversation about press freedom in Nigeria.

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