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General News of Saturday, 14 January 2023


Nigeria won't exist today if not for Buhari - Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has praised President Buhari for his fight against insurgency, insecurity in the country.

According to him, if not for President Buhari, Nigeria would have been wipe off the face of the planet.

Recounting the high level of insecurity ravishing parts of the north, Adesina stated that Nigeria would not exist today if not for the president.

Sharing his thoughts in an article titled: “FROM N’EAST WITH GOOD TIDINGS”, he noted that the North East residents owe their survival to the bravery of the Buhari-led administration.

The article in part read;

''There are some people hellbent on giving us a siege mentality of insecurity in the country. They have deliberately refused to look at the brighter side of things, and all you hear from them is ‘worsening insecurity.’

That’s all they say on TV, radio, on social media, in newspapers, from the pulpits, mosques, anywhere, everywhere. They deliberately make it seem that the only thing happening in Nigeria is insecurity, they keep trumpeting it daily, even when confronted by vast improvements. They are soused and marooned in scaremongering.

But who feels it knows it. Ask people in the North East, and they will have stories to tell you, of how their very homes, schools, hospitals, local government headquarters, palaces of emirs, had been seized by insurgents, who were calling the shots from those places. And how a certain battle-tested retired General Buhari came, took the war to the army of occupation, and flushed them out.

One of the most poignant stories we heard during the trip was at the palace of the Emir of Damaturu, Hashimi 11 El Kanemi. Governor Mai Mala Buni recounted how the palace was overrun by insurgents, and everybody ran for dear lives. He told the President:

“Yobe is one of the States you liberated from the clutches of Boko Haram terrorists. Before, in this very Palace, if you placed one billion dollars on the table, and you asked someone to come and pick it, nobody dared come, because insurgents were occupying the place. But your coming onboard has made that history, and the people are now enjoying relative peace.”

The emir himself said: “We have had bitter experiences in the past, but your administration has unified the country.”

Who feels it knows it all. Ask people of the North East, and they will tell you what the administration of President Buhari has done for them in the area of security. And merchants of ‘worsening insecurity’ will be ashamed if they would listen.

The truth is that if we hadn’t had a person like Buhari in 2015, Nigeria may have been wiped off the face of the map by now. There was encircling doom and gloom around the country then, and we would all have been done for. But the President led the charge, and pushed the insurgents back, till they are now almost totally extinguished. Extirpated.

It was not an easy war. Yes, the country was at war. And as if that was not terrible enough, other heinous security challenges joined. Banditry, kidnapping, cult killings, cattle rustling, farmers/herders clashes, secessionist bids, and many others. The country became one huge killing field, but the government and our security agencies tackled them all. How much trouble can a government have?

The administration was beleaguered, and hard-pressed, but it rose to the challenges. Today, though the challenges are not totally eradicated, the security situation is a lot better. And the glory must go to God, while we also appreciate our President and the security agencies.''