Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, on Thursday said what Nigeria currently needs is a leader with iron fist to whip into line those who are misbehaving in any part of the country.
In his weekly article titled ‘ I Suddenly Remembered Why I Fell In Love With The President’ Adesina said the President’s statement to deal with troublemakers like the days of the Civil war shouldn’t be portrayed as being genocidal as no leader worth his salt will watch while law and order breaks down.
According to him, the message the President was trying to pass across was that even though every region has a grouse about the state of the nation, murder and mayhem is not an option to resolve the issues.
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The article reads in part;-
“What our country needs at this time is iron and steel. An alchemy of GMB and PMB. We are in a democracy, yes, but democracy is no byword for lawlessness. If anybody misbehaves in any part, repeat, ANY PART, of the country, they need to be whipped into line. The nation needs not go into a tailspin because some people bear giant sized grudges in their hearts.
By the way, is there any part of the country that does not have one grievance or the other? Is the next option then to capsize the boat of the country? Any leader that has sworn to uphold the Constitution would not open his eyes, and see it happen”.
“Leaders must do whatever they should do to maintain peace and tranquility in their countries. Their intentions will always be misinterpreted and misrepresented. No matter. The good of the larger majority must be considered at all times. North, South, East, West, anarchy should never be condoned, no matter what some people may say”.
“I like how Moyosore Oyetunji, a passionate Buharist on Facebook summarized latest developments: “When he pleaded with you to eschew violence, you accused him of becoming a motivational speaker, instead of the General that he is. Now he has decided to be it, you are crying. Please, what exactly do you want from him?”
“President Buhari is not genocidal, and can’t ever be accused of such intentions. But a leader worth his salt cannot look on, and watch law and order break down irretrievably. It is not about a people, or region. It is about the country he took an oath to keep together”.
“Every region has one grouse or the other against the state of our union. But murder and mayhem should never be an option in resolving matters. That is the message of President Buhari, and it should be the message of every good Nigerian.
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Obasanjo Mind Your Languages – Femi Adesina Warns Fmr President
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo should mind his language, and Femi Falana, an “anarchist,” must stop feigning being an activist, says Femi Adesina.
Mr Adesina is President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide.
Mr Falana, a lawyer and human rights activist, was reported to have demanded an apology from the police for harassing Nigerians who protested against Mr Buhari’s regime on Democracy Day.
This month, ex-President Obasanjo had spoken about the need for Nigerians to be united to avoid the country’s disintegration.
But Mr Adesina believed the two individuals should not be commenting on the current goings-on in the country, as he stated in his latest Facebook article on Thursday.
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“And what of Olusegun Obasanjo, a civil war hero. Despite all that he has contributed to the current upheavals by his actions and inactions, words, and bile, he says it is idiotic to wish Nigeria disintegration now. Good. But let us put our money where our mouth is. Let Baba mind his thoughts and his language,” the president’s media aide said as he castigated Mr Obasanjo.
Censuring Mr Falana and his ilk, Mr Adesina stated, “Last Saturday, as Nigeria celebrated Democracy Day, some people wanted to stoke protests, riots, and destruction. Did the system allow it? Not at all. Should it have been allowed? Not when there is still law and order in the land.
“Only anarchists would set the country on fire in the name of Democracy Day protests. And it was sad, tragic, to hear some so-called activists asking the police to apologise to Nigerians for not folding their arms and allowing the country to go into a tailspin. Anarchists masquerading as activists.”
I’ll Be Here Even After 2023, I’m Not Retiring From Politics Soon – Ganduje
Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said he is not retiring from politics like Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State and he will remain active even beyond 2023.
Governor Ganduje told newsmen that his political influence can not be tamed in a few years as he is still actively in the system.
“My Political dexterity goes beyond the 1970s and I will remain active in politics even beyond 2023 not retiring because I’m not entirely tired of the system”.
Ganduje hints that he can not clearly spell out what or which position he is going for, “but let me assure you that I will remain active because that is what I have been doing since the early 70s”.
When answering questions on who will be his successor after 2023, the Governor refused to specifically say but assured that delegates who are going to vote for the next person will do a diligent job.
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“On who will succeed me, I think one should allow the delegates to decide that because as you rightly know, Kano politics is something else you don’t sometimes interfere with and if you do you will be on your own”.
Governor Umar Ganduje also noted that Nigeria is in dire need of a peaceful resolution out of the several insecurities and as such all hands should be on deck to make things better.
The Governor commended regional socio-cultural groups like Ohanaeze Ndigbo, ACF, Afenifere and the Middle Belt group for identifying themselves with one Nigeria Project.
“And for those young ones who think they could divide the country by their agitations, they should know that they are alone in their quest and this is because their elders have actively identified with one Nigeria entity”.
These young Nigerians should know that our diversity is a source of our strength and pride and we should use it for a better nation than create problems that would consume us and push us to crises”, Ganduje warned.
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