Obasanjo’s Comment: Not Every Criticism Should Give You Sleepless Nights – Adesina

 

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, says not every criticism against the Buhari-led administration should be taken seriously.

Mr. Adesina who on Wednesday was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today made the comment in reply to recent criticism by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The former president while delivering a speech titled ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue attended by various socio-cultural groups, said Nigeria is falling apart under Buhari.

At the consultative dialogue attended by members of various groups, including Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, and Pan Niger Delta Forum, Obasanjo noted that the country is becoming the world capital of poverty.

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

He said, “I do appreciate that you all feel sad and embarrassed as most of us feel as Nigerians with the situation we find ourselves in,” Obasanjo said. “Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state; economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country.

“And these manifestations are the products of recent mismanagement of diversity and socio-economic development of our country. Old fault lines that were disappearing have opened up in greater fissures and with drums of hatred, disintegration, and separation and accompanying choruses being heard loud and clear almost everywhere.”

Reacting to comments by the former president, Mr Adesina said all criticisms must be thoroughly looked at to ascertain what value they add to discussions around moving the nation forward. He, however, argued that “not every criticism should give one sleepless night”.

According to Adesina, there is no government that Obasanjo has not criticized.

“Obasanjo has criticised every government since the Shehu Shagari government that succeeded him in 1979. The only government he has not criticised is the Olusegun Obasanjo government”.

The media aide added that Obasanjo has a right to air his opinions, he, however, stressed that it is in the Buhari government’s right to take the former president’s reproval or dismiss them as mere claims aimed to detract from a performing administration.

Earlier in the week, the Presidency asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to help in proffering solutions to the problems plaguing the country instead of being Nigeria’s “divider-in-Chief.”

While reacting to the recent outburst by Obasanjo that Nigeria is becoming a failed state, the Presidency in a statement on Sunday, called on him to quit critiquing the President Muhammadu Buhari government.

“In his most recent statement, former President Olusegun Obasanjo attempts to divide the nation while President Muhammadu Buhari continues to promote nation-building and the unity of Nigeria,” the presidency said.

“The difference is clear. From the lofty heights of Commander-in-Chief, General Obasanjo has descended to the lowly level of Divider-in-Chief (to adapt the coinage of Time).”

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Obasanjo, according to the Presidency, should “once again sheath the sword and rest the pretentiousness about the Messiah that has (mis)led him to pronounce often wrongly, as he disastrously did in the 2019 elections, about the life and death of Nigerian governments.”

It restated that Buhari’s comments on West African leaders sticking to their constitutionally allowed terms is for the good of the region.

Criticising Buhari Not Personal, I Am His Boss – Obasanjo
A combination photo of President Buhari and former President Obasanjo.

While accusing Obasanjo of a failed attempt at elongating his tenure when he was in office, the Presidency called on him to stop the “mushrooming of a poisonous atmosphere of ethnic and religious nationalism.”

“Surely, he must have disappointed many of his local and foreign admirers by showering commendations on a few extremist groups who have vowed to shun the invitation to the National Assembly to participate in the process of a constitutional amendment,” the presidency added.

Criticism Doesn’t Change The Fact That Buhari Is Working – Adesina

 

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina has said that criticising the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration cannot erase the gains that have been made.

Mr Adesina made the remarks during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday.

“In a country of 200 million people, you will always have critics,” Adesina said. “Even in a home of five, ten people not all of them will agree on the direction and things to do and how to do it.

“So you will always have those who won’t agree with certain things, but it does not change the fact that government is at work and it continues to do what it has set out to achieve for the country.”

He said while the country continues to face security challenges, the Buhari administration has worked hard to reduce threats to life and properties across the nation.

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

“There are security challenges in the country,” he said. “You can’t rejoice when you have a loss of lives and wanton destruction of properties. But is relative to say it is worsening. We are not where we were.”

Mr Adesina noted that there was room for improvement among Ministers, who are scheduled to hold a retreat with the President in September.

“I am proud of this government,” he said. “I am proud that I am a partaker, that I am an insider. I believe that it is genuinely serving the country and to the best of its ability.”

Mr Adesina said while some Nigerians have chosen to play politics with criticising the administration, others have shown understanding.

“In a democracy, you are responsible for the people,” he said. “But you have people who are playing politics with development, security, and loss of lives.

“But those who understand what is happening in the country show that understanding and they know that government is working on these things and it is a work that will be accomplished; those who are playing politics, is another kettle of fish.”

 

 

#RevolutionNow Not A Protest, It Is A Child’s Play – Adesina

 

The Presidency has reacted to the protests by members of the #RevolutionNow movement in parts of the country.

Speaking during his appearance on Sunrise Daily on Thursday, the President’s Special Adviser, Femi Adesina, dismissed the demonstration by the protesters.

“Well, was it really a protest? By my estimation, that just seemed like a child’s play because protests by their very nature are spontaneous things; they are mass things,” he said on the Channels Television’s breakfast programme.

The President’s spokesman added, “I just saw a sprinkle of people trying to be funny. As far as I am concerned, it is nothing to worry about because when you talk of a revolution, a revolution is always a mass thing.

“Not the sprinkle of young boys and girls you saw yesterday in different parts of the country. I think it was just a funny thing to call it a protest and a revolution protest.”

‘The Country We Get’

Dozens of youths had taken to strategic areas in Abuja and Lagos, among other parts of the country in protest to demand the resignation of the present administration.

Among the various issues raised, the protesters said the government has failed to tackle the security challenges in the country and provide jobs for unemployed youths.

A file photo of #RevolutionNow protesters during a demonstration in Ondo State on August 5, 2020.

 

In his reaction, Adesina insisted that there was never a revolution march and the action of the youths was a mere child’s play.

According to him, revolutions, by their nature, are quite well-known and the government has been living up to its responsibilities.

The President’s spokesman said, “Revolution is something that turns the normal order; what happened yesterday, would you call it a revolution? It was just an irritation; it was just an irritation and some people want to cause irritation in the country.”

“And what I will say is that when things boil over, they boil over because you continue to heat them. So, Nigerians need to know that the country we get is what we used our own hands to build.”

Magu Is Being Investigated, Not Tried For Corruption Allegations – Adesina

Ibrahim Magu                                                                                                  Femi Adesina

 

The Presidency has reacted to the release of the suspended boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from the custody of the Nigeria Police Force.

Speaking on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Magu’s probe by the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel is a plus to the Federal Government’s stance in fighting corruption.

The presidential spokesman, however, said that Magu, who is also a Commissioner of Police, is being investigated over allegations of corruption and not being tried yet.

“Mr Magu is not being tried, at least not yet because what lawyers call prima facie has not been built against him.

“He is rather going through investigation. So it is a plus for the anti-corruption war rather than something that will rebuild the bite and impact of that war,” he said.

READ ALSO: Suspended EFCC Chairman, Magu Released From Police Custody

Reacting to the suspension of the chairman of the anti-graft agency, Adesina noted that nobody is above scrutiny.

He explained that there is no need for Nigerians to be worried about the anti-corruption war, adding that Magu’s travails will rather strengthen the fight against graft.

Speaking further, the presidential spokesman warned critics of the administration not to pick faults with his principal for quizzing Magu.

The EFCC boss has been in the eye of the storm following his invitation by the Federal Government panel set up in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on July 6.

He was later moved to Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police in Abuja where he has since been detained.

On June 11, President Muhammadu Buhari affirmed the suspension of Mr Magu and it took effect immediately.

According to a statement from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the presidential directive was to allow for an unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

Insecurity: It Is Uncharitable, Wrong To Say Buhari Has Failed, Says Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity speaks on the security situation in the country during an interview on Politics Today in Abuja on June 15, 2020.

 

The presidency has cautioned Nigerians against criticising President Muhammadu Buhari of failing to address the security challenges in the country.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said it is wrong and uncharitable to accuse his principal of failure.

“Government is working at it and it is work in progress. Let nobody come and say nothing is being done and the government has failed, that will be uncharitable,” he said.

When asked if the current administration considers changing strategy in confronting the problems of cattle rustling, terrorism, banditry among other crimes, the presidential spokesman noted that it is left for the security agencies to do that.

Adesina noted that President Buhari receives briefings from security agencies on a regular basis, stressing that security tactics change from time to time.

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“When it comes to strategy, it is not for us to say or determine. It is for experts in that area to review strategy and if there is a need to change it, they will do.

“From time to time, there are reviews. How do you know that the strategies remain the same? Strategies change from time to time. We don’t go to the front, we don’t know. It is not for us to determine whether this strategy is right or wrong,” he said.

Amidst the several loss of lives and properties due to attacks in the country, Adesina reiterated the commitment of President Buhari to fight criminals.

The presidential spokesman explained that securing Nigerians and the country’s territory remains the preoccupation of the President.

According to Adesina, the myriads of security challenges will come to an end one day.

His comments come 24 hours after the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) lamented over the high rate of insecurity in the north, accusing President Buhari of failing to tackle the situation.

The forum in a statement by its Convener, Ango Abdullahi, said the situation is getting worse by the day.

He said the constant attacks by bandits and Boko Haram insurgents are indications that the Buhari administration “has failed woefully” in terms of security and welfare of citizens.

Presidency Slams Northern Elders Forum Over Comments On Insecurity

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

 

The Presidency has taken a swipe at the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) over its comments on the nation’s security challenges.

In a statement on Sunday, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, accused the group of being political in its activities.

The group had said that the insecurity in some Northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people.

It added in a statement by its coordinator, Ango Abdullahi, that President Buhari’s government has failed in its fight against bandits and Boko Haram insurgents.

According to the NEF, the people of the North are now completely at the mercy of armed gangs who wreak havoc at will in towns and villages, as a result of the recent escalation of attacks by bandits, rustlers, and insurgents.

In his response, Adesina believes the statement by the group is not strange and the Presidency’s position on what the group represents remains unchanged.

“A mere irritant and featherweight,” he said in the statement. “The former vice-chancellor signed the statement under the banner of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF). Hearing that title, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders.”

“But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF. It is a quasi-organisation that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.

“Before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Buhari and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together,” he added.

The President’s aide insisted that the NEF was merely waving a flag at half-mast, stressing that its comments should be disregarded.

He, however, stated that President Buhari has steadily and steadfastly focused on the task of retooling Nigeria.

Study The Budget And See What Abacha’s Loot Is Being Used For, Says Femi Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has asked Nigerians who are concerned about how the Abacha Loot is being spent, to take a deeper look into the budget.

Mr Adesina gave this advice on Wednesday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

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He said, “What the loot had always been used for had always been in the budget.

“If people just take the time to study the budget properly, they will see the sub-heads that accounted for those funds.”

“Every year’s budget in the preceding years had that sub-heads – ‘recoveries’ and that is the Abacha loot and what it was used for is clearly stated in the budget.

“Particularly last year and the year before, it was used for the Social Investment Programme,” Adesina added.

The presidential spokesman stated that the monies recovered have always been and will continue to be used for Social Investment Projects.

Mr Adesina also noted that there are subheads awarded to the funds within the budget.

The President’s media aide stressed that contrary to claims in some quarters, the funds have been judiciously put to use and the breakdowns within the budget give deeper insight as to the specifics of use.

He assured Nigerians that the recovered loot cannot be squandered because even before it was released, the American government made it mandatory for the Buhari administration to state exactly what it will be used for.

Buhari’s Broadcast: Culprit Who Leaked Draft Speech Has Been Arrested, Says Adesina

Forgery, Saraki, Presidency
A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

 

Mr Femi Adesina says the suspect who leaked the draft speech of President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast has been arrested.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity revealed this in a piece entitled ‘Enemies Of The State’.

He said the suspect was responsible for leaking the draft speech of the President’s speech hours before his nationwide broadcast on COVID-19 on Monday.

Adesina likened the situation to an action-thriller film produced in 1998 starring American actor Will Smith.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Reports Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Cases, Seven More Deaths

According to him, an enemy of the state struck in Nigeria on Monday and this time, it was non-fiction.

The President’s spokesman noted that as the country waited for the speech to be televised at 8pm with great expectations, a purported copy of the broadcast began to circulate on social media from about 4pm.

He added that after assessing the document being circulated on social media, he discovered that it was a rogue copy.

Adesina said the copy being circulated was different from the President’s broadcast, adding that the suspect was eventually traced and made to answer for his action.

Read the full article below:

ENEMY OF THE STATE

You have possibly watched the 1998 action-thriller film with the above title, starring Will Smith. It was the box office hit story about a group of people plotting to kill an American Congressman, and the tape of the plot was discovered.

Well, an Enemy of the State struck in Nigeria on Monday, but this time, it was no fiction. It was real-life act of sabotage from somebody who does not wish his own country well at all, and who derived a sinister kind of pleasure from undermining the system.

President Muhammadu Buhari was to broadcast to the country by 8 p.m, to give an update on the battle against COVID-19, and what becomes of the lockdown that had lasted four weeks, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States. Kano was also a point of heavy interest, with the strange deaths ravaging the state. Was it COVID-19 or not?

As the country waited for the President with great expectations, a purported copy of the broadcast began to circulate on social media from about 4 p.m. Whodunnit?

I took a look at the circulating document, and within one minute, I knew that it was a rogue copy. What immediately gave it away was the paragraphing. It was completely different from the one I had been part of producing, and which had been recorded for broadcast by the President.

Another tell-tale to the dubiousness of the document was the date it gave. It said the lockdown in the affected states and the FCT would be eased from May 2, while the authentic copy bore May 4. There were some other discrepancies. Paragraphs that had been excised from the final copy were still intact, and the document was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, which you would rarely find in a presidential broadcast, which would have passed through a number of select and trusted hands.

I made a few phone calls to those of us involved with the script, right from origination, which was from outside the Presidency, to final editing, which I did, and the conclusion was easy to reach. Somebody had spirited out the original draft, which had gone through many stages of fine-tuning in terms of content and language, and thinking that it was a world exclusive in terms of artifice and underhand action, he fed it into the social media.

Who would do such a thing, except an Enemy of the State, someone who wants to ridicule the government, cause utmost confusion in the polity, and smirk his lips in malevolent pleasure, as the government, and possibly the media handlers of the President were flagellated, and taken to the cleaners.

Yoruba people talk of ‘ba ase je.’ Somebody who spoils the feast. Everybody is rejoicing and making merry, and he comes to pollute their joy. He could bring extremely bad news that sends everyone scurrying home, or looking for cover. He could even urinate in the big pot of soup in the full glare of the merrymakers. Or he could pour sand in the big pot of rice on the fire. Ba ase je (spoiler of the feast) can strike in many ways. That was the same thing the Enemy of the State did.

Igbo people speak of the proverbial lizard that ruined his own mother’s funeral. That was what the hidden hostile hand did. But he forgot that in these days of technology, almost everything leaves a trail. Before the end of that evening, computer evidence had narrowed down the suspect, and he was already answering for his evil action.

There is the house mouse called ‘oofon ‘ in Yoruba. And there is a delicious soup made from beans called ‘gbegiri.’ Yes, do you remember the popular amala and gbegiri politics as championed by Lamidi Adedibu in Oyo State in those days? That’s the soup I’m talking about. What happens when the house mouse urinates inside the bowl of gbegiri soup? Lassa fever! That’s why we have the Yoruba saying; oofon to si gbegiri, ki eleko ko eko e dani. Translating this into English makes it lose some originality, but let me try. The house mouse has urinated in the pot of gbegiri soup, let all merrymakers find their ways home. That was what the evil mind attempted to do by leaking the presidential broadcast hours before it came. But he fired blank, having laid hands on a wrong copy.

However, if that person had got the final, authentic copy, that is the same way he would have leaked it. To what end, to what purpose? Sinister. Sneaky. Hateful.

Some people hate their own country, and ironically would be the first to complain that things were not going well. Every act of the government (any government) they would undermine. If they can stick a knife into the soft underbelly of government in any way, they do it with relish and would be the first to grumble that things were not going right. Enemies of the State.

If the person that leaked the unedited draft of the broadcast had access to more sensitive national documents, he would do the same thing. If he cottons on information that could sell Nigeria to the enemy, ho would gladly do it. Thou art in the midst of foes, watch and pray.

I am surprised that a large number of people, including newspaper houses, fell for the gambit. They took their information from the wrong source and ended up publishing falsehood. That was what the Enemy of the State wanted. Cause maximum confusion. And he succeeded to some extent.

There is a way we release information from the media office of the President. And the media knows it. If a presidential speech was to be given ahead, there would be an embargo on it for a particular time. The circulating copy bore no embargo, yet they fell for it. And got embarrassed by publishing inaccurate information. Serves them right, do you say? The final copy was released by 8.06 p.m, good enough time for a newspaper to still produce and get early to market for the next day.

The social media is being used for every purpose: good and bad. It is the bastion of fake news, hate news, concoctions, and all sorts of conjurations. Will the users and consumers be more discerning? It is said that the person that stole a keg of palm oil from the rafter is not the only thief. The person that collected the keg from him is also a rogue. Those who began to share an obvious leak, rebroadcasting it, are also not guiltless. Be quick to hear, and slow to speak.

It was amusing to me to hear armchair critics blaming the media office of the President for the leakage. Ignorance. Why pontificate about what you don’t know? They were on radio and television stations the next morning, magisterially shooting breeze. It was Dr Reuben Abati, immediate past media adviser to a President who gave some proper perspectives on how a presidential broadcast is originated and produced, and how it was improbable that the leakage came from the Presidency. The lesson? Seek information, get your facts right, before arriving at a conclusion, lest you look foolish and uninformed.

Some people are not interested in the well being of their own country. Sad, very sad. Such would sell their mothers, and their country for thirty pieces of silver. Thou art in the midst of foes, watch and pray.

.Adesina is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari

What Abba Kyari Told Me Before He Died – Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has narrated his experience with Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari before he died.

While recounting his last moments with Kyari via his Facebook post, Adesina recalled a dream which occurred last Thursday.

The former chief of staff died last Friday after battling COVID-19.

In his tribute, Adesina said he never knew that Kyari who appeared in an unusual manner in the dream, was there to say his final goodbye to him.

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The President’s spokesman said his last encounter with Kyari was on March 20 when President Buhari was scheduled to meet with the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.

Explaining that a seat had been designated for him next to that of Kyari, Adesina said he rose to greet the former Chief of Staff who walked in a few minutes later.

“Femi, how are you? They have said we should not shake hands again,” he responded. Rather jocularly, he extended his right foot. I touched his foot with my own, and we both laughed. Leg-shake, instead of a handshake.”

“I’m not much of a dreamer. At least, not dreams with significance. Dreams come from a multitude of business, as the Good Book says, so if a man drinks a bowl of garri before going to bed, and he dreams of swimming in a pond or river, he actually started swimming right from inside that bowl of garri,” Adesina said.

Confused by the revelation, the President’s spokesman explained that he shared his experience with a friend, Mallam Garba Mohammed.

According to him, Mohammed noted that Kyari’s appearance was to bid him farewell.

“He came to say goodbye to you, and you didn’t know it,” my friend said. I didn’t know till then that Garba Deen had the uncommon gift of interpretation of dreams. Well, I now know where to go the next time I dream,” he stated.

 

President Buhari To Address Nigerians At 7pm Today

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari at his office in the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @NGRPresident

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians by 7pm on Monday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement hours before President Buhari is scheduled to address Nigerians.

“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast,” he said.

The President is expected to address Nigerians on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as some residents in Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory expect to know whether the lockdown would be extended or not.

READ ALSO: PTF Coordinator Says COVID-19 ‘Will Go Away’, Keeps Mum On Lockdown Extension

More than a million positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed with thousands of deaths recorded in many countries across the world.

As of April 12, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said a total of 323 cases have been confirmed with 10 deaths in the country.

It noted that 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have recorded at least one confirmed case of coronavirus while a total of 85 people have been discharged.

 

On March 29, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as Abuja, as part of measures to curtail the spread of the disease and ease the stress of identifying contacts with confirmed cases.

In his last broadcast, President Buhari said the movement restriction would last for an initial period of 14 days effective from 11pm on March 30.

He explained that the decision was taken based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC.

The President then advised residents of the affected places to postpone travels while all businesses and offices there should be fully closed during the period of the lockdown.

Ahead of the day which the lockdown is expected to end – April 13, some residents in Lagos and Ogun State have raised alarm about unrest in their communities.

 

Despite parading at least 150 suspects recently, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, played down the report of unrest in parts of the state.

Ebrimson, who spoke on Monday during an interview on Sunrise Daily, explained, “I think we are dealing with the issue of apprehension. Earlier this month, there was a cult supremacy battle in Ifo and the police rose to the challenge and got some of them arrested.”

“Thereafter, this snowballed to Agbado, Ijoko, Ota area and we put up a team to go after the cultists and ever since then, we have been making arrests.

“People have been calling me, there is no day I don’t receive close to 100 calls. Most of these calls are false alarms. The social media is dishing out fear,” he added.

Buhari, Osinbajo Have Been Earning Half Salaries – Adesina

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been receiving half of their monthly salaries before the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this during an interview on Politics Today.

“Already, the President and the Vice President are earning 50 per cent of their salaries, they are not earning 100 per cent,” he stated on Tuesday during the Channels Television political programme.

Adesina explained that both leaders opted to be paid half of their salaries since the inception of the present administration in 2015.

Although he did not disclose what purpose the unpaid halves were used for over the years, he believes both leaders have done well and will be making donations to tackle coronavirus at their own will.

Asked whether the President and his vice were donating their salaries just like the members of the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the National Assembly, he said, “I can’t say for sure; the members of the federal cabinet are donating 50 per cent of their March salaries.”

“Already, the Vice President and the President are earning 50 per cent. Right from the beginning of the administration (the first term), they had elected to earn half of the salaries they should earn … to ask them to do more will be a voluntary thing,” the presidential aide added.

President Buhari To Address Nigerians Tonight

President Muhammadu Buhari at his office in the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 26, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @NGRPresident

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation by 7pm on Sunday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement hours before President Buhari is scheduled to address Nigerians.

“Television, radio, and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast,” he said.

The scheduled broadcast comes amid mixed reactions triggered by what some described as the inability of the President to address the people against the backdrop of coronavirus (COVID) in the country.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Buhari Not Briefing Nigerians ‘A Matter Of Style,’ Says Adesina

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, had confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country in late February.

Despite the measures put in place by the Federal and state governments to curtail the spread of the disease, the number of confirmed cases in the country surged to 97 as of 10:40 pm on March 28, 2020.

 

A Suitable Style

Lagos State is worst-hit with 59 confirmed cases while the Federal Capital Territory trailed with 16 cases.

Similarly, Oyo has seven cases, Ogun has three cases, while Enugu, Edo, Bauchi, and Osun State have two cases respectively.

Ekiti, Rivers, Benue, and Kaduna States have also recorded one case of COVID-19.

Among those who tested positive to coronavirus included governors and some top government officials in the country.

Worried by the situation, some Nigerians took to social media to call out President Buhari for not addressing the people in a television broadcast, although he tweeted recently.

During his appearance recently on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Mr Adesina defended his boss.

He stressed that not addressing the people was the President’s style and there was no need for regular briefing, as long as there was no communication breach.