Terrorism: Nigeria Is Not Interested In Naming, Shaming Anybody – Adesina

A photo of three armed men.

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the Nigeria Government is not interested in naming and shaming sponsors of terrorism.

Adesina, who made the remark on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, stated that the government would rather prosecute financiers of insurgency in court.

“Naming and shaming will not be the motive, bringing malefactors to justice will be it,” he said. “Nigeria is not interested in naming and shaming anybody. Rather, it wants to bring them to justice.

“You will see that the United Arab Emirates has given some names and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has reacted to that matter, saying that in due course, all these people will have their dates in court. Rest assured that these people will be dragged before justice and justice will have its way.”

Asked if the government investigates suspects before they are made to face trial, the President’s spokesman replied in the affirmative.

He explained that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and other security agencies were working to get verifiable evidence against the suspects before their arraignment in court.

 

“Investigations are going on at different levels; it will be at the level of the EFCC, it will be at the level of the NIA. All the security agencies will be working on it so that when those people eventually appear in court, there will be a prima facie case against them.

“You don’t first call people before the court and start looking for evidence against them later. No! The cases will be tied up before they appear in court,” Adesina stated.

His remarks come four months after the Federal Government said it had begun profiling for prosecution, well-placed Nigerians suspected to be financiers of terrorism in the country.

On May 7, the AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, revealed that investigations conducted established reasonable evidence of the involvement of some highly placed individuals, businessmen, and institutions across Nigeria in financing insurgency in the North East.

Insecurity Ravaging The Land Will Soon Become History – Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina (File Photo).

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has assured Nigerians that the insecurity ravaging the country will soon be a thing of the past.

He said this in an article published on Thursday, titled ‘I Like This Pampering. Don’t You?’

“I have always had the conviction that the ravening clouds shall not long be victorious, they shall not long possess the sky,” the article read in part.

“Yes, we’ve had serious security challenges. They were inherited by the Buhari administration, and they mutated and became hydra-headed. But a government exists to solve problems, and that is what President Buhari had been committed to doing.

“But some people, out of evil hearts and petty political gains want it to be the definition of the government; ‘he could not secure the country, thousands of citizens were killed under him,’ but they will be shocked! The insecurity ravaging the land will soon become history. Where will they then hide their faces?”.

Speaking further, Mr Adesina lauded the efforts of the troops, saying their hard work was gradually ridding the country of the criminal elements.

“In the different evil forests, when the Nigerian Air Force strikes from the sky, the remnants of the evildoers not killed immediately attempt to flee. The ground troops then pick them off like flies. I say it again. One has never been prouder of our troops. They are cleaning up the country.”

He, however, described it as “shocking and disconcerting” that amidst all the efforts, “you still hear words meant to discourage our gallant soldiers”.

According to Adesina, some ‘bandits lovers’ keep saying that the military offensive would not work and that the bandits “are going nowhere.”

Confident in the abilities of the military, he says the bandits are going somewhere, “and that is hell”.

Mr Adesina’s comments come at a time when the nation is battling a myriad of security challenges from kidnapping for ransoms to banditry, and farmer/herder clashes among others.

As part of efforts to curb the rate of crime in the country, some state governors have gone a notch higher by introducing stricter measures such as a shutdown of telecoms services, activities in some markets, and fuel stations.

Zamfara State, which is one of those recently hit by insecurity, says the new measures have been beneficial.

“Zamfara State Government in efforts to ensure the crashing of the bandits has requested for the closing down of all networks in the state and this has been effective,” the state Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, had said on Tuesday.

“The security officials are finding it very easy to deal with the bandits in their enclaves in the forests.”

What Buhari Will Do First On Arrival In Nigeria – Femi Adesina

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari will first focus on receiving briefings from the Vice President and aides on arrival in the country.

The President, who touched down earlier at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, had spent the past three weeks in the United Kingdom.

“The first thing is to get briefings from the Vice President, his top aides,” Adesina said while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

The President arrived in Abuja from the UK on August 13, 2021. Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo/State House
The President arrived in Abuja from the UK on August 13, 2021. Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

 

“They will fill him in on what has happened in the past three weeks.

“And you know that on the security front, a lot has happened. In fact, the tide has turned against the insurgents, the bandits. And there will be a lot of filling in for the President.

“And then you know that there has been a lot of infrastructure development. You can see the Minister of Works going about inspecting and commissioning (projects).”

Criticising Buhari’s Handling Of Bandits, Secessionists Is ‘Pure Hatred’ – Adesina

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

Those accusing the President of handling bandits and terrorists with a softer hand than the way secessionists are being treated have full of hatred, Mr Femi Adesina has said.

Adesina, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s media adviser, made the statement while defending his principal in a piece titled ‘See How They’re Being Sent To God To Answer For Their Crimes’.

“It amazes, even confounds, to hear some people say President Muhammadu Buhari should go after Boko Haram terrorists and bandits with the same gusto he has displayed against separatists in the country,” he said.

“Amazing and confounding because what the Buhari government does daily in the north-east, north-west, and north-central parts of the country, where terrorists and bandits abound, is send them to God to answer for their crimes.

“Why then do some people claim that certain troublers of the country are being treated with softer hands, than some others? This could be due to deliberate ignorance, mischief, or pure hatred.”

 

‘Hate Their Own Country’

The President’s spokesman stated that it was not new as his position had been confirmed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, on the day he was decorated with his new rank.

He reminded critics of the President’s directives to the nation’s security forces to crush all violent criminals and those sponsoring insurrection in the country.

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

Amid the continued outcry that the Nigerian leader had been softer on bandits than separatists, Adesina insisted that President Buhari’s order was carried out without fear or favour.

Those who keenly follow the war against insurgency and banditry in the North, according to him, will honestly admit that every effort is being made to extirpate the evil from the nation.

The presidential spokesman insisted that the present administration was cleaning the country of vermin.

“The baby that swears that his mother will not sleep, will himself keep forceful vigil. All over the country, terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, all types of criminals are being spoken to in the language they understand.

“And the victory of good over evil is sure, inexorable. Yet some people say they see nothing that the government is doing. Pitiable souls. Of all men most miserable,” he said.

Adesina added, “May God bless our troops. May He protect them, reward their labour of love. As for the cynics and skeptics, may God have mercy on them, open their eyes, and help them not to hate their own country any longer.”

Why President Buhari Travels To The UK For Medicals – Femi Adesina

 

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has defended his Principal over his frequent medical tour to the United Kingdom.

President Buhari had on Monday departed Nigeria for the UK to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.

After the event, he would spend a few days in London for an earlier scheduled medical check-up.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Adesina said President Buhari has used a medical team for over 40 years, hence the need to continue seeking medical help.

READ ALSO: Buhari To Travel To London For Medical Check-Up, Education Summit

“President Buhari has been with the same doctors and medical team for upward of 40 years,” he said when asked why the President couldn’t have been treated in Nigeria.

“It is advisable that he continues with that who knows his medical history and that is why he comes to London to see them. He has used the same medical team for over 40 years. Once you can afford it, then stay with the team that has your history.”

President Muhammadu Buhari disembarks from the presidential jet during a trip to the United Kingdom.

 

When asked if the President would pilot the nation’s affairs from the UK, the presidential spokesman said there is no vacuum within the seat of power.

He explained that the Constitution empowers Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to act as President if President Buhari is not back to the country within 21 days.

“The nation is running, there is a vice president who will attend to critical issues. There is no vacuum and a constitutional amendment has sorted that out,” Adesina explained.

On the out-of-school children, Adesina who noted that there is a reduction of the situation said President Buhari would brief participants of the development in the country.

On the five-year commitment to the funding of education, Adesina stressed that his principal would make pronouncements on that.

At the UK Summit, President Buhari is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Johnson and  would return to the country by the second week of August

Top officials that accompanied Buhari on the trip included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.

Others are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai.

Nigeria And War Of Tongues By Femi Adesina

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

NIGERIA AND WAR OF TONGUES

Our country is at war today on many fronts. Nigeria battles insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery, cult killings, ritual murders, and war of tongues.

War of tongues. Is that a new one? No, it’s as old as man, but it is perhaps the deadliest of all the wars. It is fiercer than insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery, cult killings, ritual murders, all put together.

A war of tongues has been unleashed on Nigeria, her leadership, anyone in government, in fact anybody serving the country in one capacity or the other.

Want to become an enemy of the public? Then just take a position in government, major or minor. Irrespective of where you were coming from, your stature and station in life, you become an enemy.

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You may have served creditably in the military, rising to become a General, been a military head of state, headed the Petroleum Trust Fund exceptionally, and now a two-term civilian President, a war of tongues that is so virulent and mind-boggling, is unleashed against you.

A vicious war of tongues is raging in the country, and from President Muhammadu Buhari, down to the least political appointee in government, no one is spared. And who are the warriors? So-called social activists and commentators. Newspaper columnists. Talk show hosts on TV, radio, influencers on social media, bloggers, anyone who can afford an Internet-enabled smartphone, politicians, and very embarrassingly, clergymen.

The ones who should teach us to bridle our tongues. They say things that make the flesh tingle, with a chill running down the spine. No grace, no decorum, using words that are not seasoned with salt. Do they read another Holy Bible? Another Holy Quran? Holy Moses!

President Buhari left these shores on March 30 for “routine” medical checkups. Mark the word: routine. Did you hear all the ululation that attended the announcement and the trip? War of tongues: oh, he’s sick again (as if there’s anyone who’s 100% healthy.

If there is, let’s see the person). Resident doctors are going on strike, the President is traveling! Couldn’t he have built world-class hospitals in Nigeria within the six years he has been in government? He’s going on medical tourism again! How much is the trip costing us o? Are we sure he will come back anytime soon?

To take it to a very ridiculous level, some Nigerians in London organized a ‘one million man march’ (attended by a huge crowd of five people), went to the Nigeria House where they said the President was staying, and attempted to “force him back home.” People in the gall of bitterness, overtaken by paroxysms of hatred.

The executive, legislature, judiciary, military, police, indeed, all national institutions are the butt of the war of tongues. You find all sorts of commentators in the media condemning everything and everybody, but themselves. In their lives, they have probably never been a class monitor, not to talk of school prefect.

They can’t even run their riotous homes, with obstreperous children and wards, yet they come out to abuse the President daily. A man who has ruled as a military officer was brought back 30 years later because of his sterling records, and running a second term in office as a democratically elected leader, yet they call him all sorts of names on TV, radio, social media, simply because there’s freedom of speech. But ask them what they have achieved in life, compared to that of the President, and they are blank.

There is a rabid focus on negatives in Nigeria today. Agriculture revolution. Infrastructure renaissance. Prudence and probity in government. Doing a lot more with a lot less revenue. IMF revises growth projections for the country upwards. Nobody talks about that. It doesn’t interest them. They only focus on job losses. Poverty rate. Killings, maiming, unhappiness. Yes, those are germane, but too much sunshine makes a desert. That is not all there is to Nigeria. “Life is like being out on the sea,” said the philosopher, Marcus Aurelius. “A body has to take the rough and the smooth.”

No government would love to see its citizens killed. Maimed. Displaced. Unhappy. And if anything, the Buhari administration is doing so much in battling the insecurity in the land. But sadly, it faces another deadlier war-the war of tongues. Why don’t we pause and think that it is the only country we have, and begin to speak better, more positive things?

I am surprised at some of our clerics, particularly the Christian ones since it is the religion I am more familiar with. They speak as if they read another Bible. They preach hate from the pulpits, propagate falsehood, generate animosity against the government. And when these things are fully grown, the animus boils over, leads to violence and upheavals, lives are lost. Don’t these preachers of hate know that they are liable, and won’t be found guiltless? May God save us from war of tongues, even from those who should be showing us examples.

As you speak into the ears of God, so shall He do to you. (Numbers 14:28). When we speak evil about our country, and its leaders, it comes back to us. What we say is what we get. It is an inexorable spiritual law. Sow wind, reap the whirlwind.

In Nigeria of today, if there are no issues to bellyache over, some people will create one. There must be no quiet time. The war of tongues must continue. Pity.

However, what we don’t know is that the war of tongues is a two-edged sword, which cuts both ways. It wreaks havoc on the person wielding the sword, and on whom the blow is directed. “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. So is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the whole course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell.”

War of tongues causes acrimony, discord, disharmony. But let not the person who causes that war think he will get away with it ultimately. His tongue eventually gets set on fire of hell. (James 3:6)

Nigerians, let’s watch it.

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

Buhari Never Promised To Make One Naira Equal One Dollar – Presidency

 

The Presidency has said that there was not a time when the current administration promised to make one naira become equivalent to one dollar. 

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said the claims suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari made such a promise, are false.

“It does not exist, it is fake, it is false, it is apocryphal, it doesn’t exist” Mr. Adesina insisted while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Adesina said the minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has debunked the claim severally and challenged anyone with clips and publications to make them available.

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Speaking further about negative criticisms directed at the president and the administration, Mr. Adesina said Nigerians must stop dwelling solely on the negatives if the country is to forge ahead in the progressive path.

The president’s special media aide argued that there are silver linings in the sky. He, however, opined that it is typical of Nigeria that when the break in the clouds comes, no one talks about them.

Adesina’s comments come on the heels of some assertions made by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, following a recent report that tagged Nigeria as the nation with the highest unemployment rate in the world.

Atiku in a statement on Sunday said the present Nigerian government lacks the capacity to address issues facing the country.

The PDP presidential candidate in the last election called on stakeholders and elder statesmen to help in rescuing Nigeria which he noted is on the precipice.

In addressing Atiku and reacting to the dismissive report, Adesina maintained that all nations in the world experience negatives and if that becomes a focus then there will be many more to talk about.

He, however, declared that there are also many positives in Nigeria, adding that Nigerians must look out for the cheery reports and encourage themselves.

According to him, looking at the optimistic reports in Nigeria will not only help individuals but will also accelerate whatever the government is doing.

The spokesman urged critics to cut the Buhari-led administration some slacks and give Nigeria some credits. He noted that the nation is making progress, adding that though it may be slower than some may want it, but things are looking up.

Inflation And Unemployment: It’s Not Enough To Focus On Negatives – Adesina

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says Nigerians must stop dwelling solely on the negatives if the country is to forge ahead in the progressive path.  

Mr. Adesina made this assertion while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

He argued that there are silver linings in the sky, stressing that it is typical of Nigeria that when the break in the clouds come, no one talks about them.

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Adesina’s comments come on the heels of some assertions made by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, following a recent report that tagged Nigeria as the nation with the highest unemployment rate in the world.

Atiku in a statement on Sunday said the present Nigerian government lacks the capacity to address issues facing the country.

The PDP presidential candidate in the last election called on stakeholders and elder statesmen to help in rescuing Nigeria which he noted is on the precipice.

In addressing Atiku and reacting to the negative report, Adesina maintained that all nations in the world experience negatives and if that becomes a focus then there will be more to talk about.

He, however, declared that there are positives in Nigeria, adding that Nigerians must look out for the positives and encourage themselves.

According to him, looking at the positives in Nigeria will not only help individuals but will also accelerate whatever the government is doing.

The spokesman urged critics to cut the Buhari-led administration some slack and give Nigeria some credit. He noted that the nation is making progress, adding that though it may be slower than some want it, things are looking up.

We Will See Better Security In Nigeria, Presidency Assures Nigerians

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina speaks during an interview  on Channels Television’s Politics Today

 

The Presidency has assured Nigerians of improved security in the country despite reports of abductions and killings in several parts of the nation.

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 President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to tackling the security challenges the country grapples with.

“We will see better security in this country, that is what the President is telling the country,” Adesina said.

“No President expects the citizens of his country to be abducted, kidnapped or killed. President Buhari is determined to step up the war against insecurity.”

READ ALSO: Gunmen Storm Secondary School In Zamfara, Kidnap Scores Of Female Students

The presidential spokesman explained that President Buhari had sworn in 2015 and 2019 respectively to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians, noting that his principal is committed to the pledge.

As part of efforts to containing the worsening insecurity in the country, Adesina said President Buhari would convey a security meeting tomorrow at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Security Is Everybody’s Business

To Adesina, the issue of security is not just left for the security agencies alone but to all Nigerians in the country.

He advised Nigerians to be wary of the immediate environment, charging them to report suspicious movements of strange people to security operatives.

“Everybody is part of the security architecture in the country. It is just that the responsibility weighs heavier on one person or the other, but we all are part of it.

“If we have the mind-set that everything about security is the duty of the President that can only be wrong. Yes, the President has the responsibility to guarantee safety of lives and properties.”

Adesina’s remarks come at a time when the nation is facing serious security threats ranging from kidnappings to banditry, terrorism to militancy among several others.

Just three days ago, gunmen stormed a government secondary school in Jangebe, Zamfara State, kidnapping over 300 female students from their dormitories.

The latest abduction in Zamfara is happening when banditry is increasingly threatening the peace of the nation, especially from within the northeastern and northwestern region.

About five weeks ago, gunmen also attacked the Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

The incident which took place on February 17 occurred at about 2:00 am when the gunmen shot sporadically with one student feared killed and several others abducted.

Some teachers and their family members residing within the college staff quarters were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen.

Killer Herdsmen: Anyone Caught With Illegal Arms Should Be Tried, says Presidency

 

President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the issue of killer herdsmen is that anyone caught with illegal arms should be arrested and tried, spokesman Femi Adesina said on Tuesday.

Mr. Adesina, who made an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, was reacting to recent comments made by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Mr. Ortom had said the President was silent over the issue of armed herdsmen causing havoc across the country.

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“If the Governor would say he hasn’t heard the President speak on that matter, that’s what he should make clear; it’s not that the President hasn’t spoken,” Mr. Adesina said.

“Because the number of times the President has spoken on that issue . . . and his position has always been the same: anybody, whoever he is, that carries arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. The President has said it countless times.”

However, when asked how many herdsmen have been arrested in recent times, Mr. Adesina said “I don’t have that figure at my fingertips . . . but I know that a lot of people are awaiting trial.”

Ranching as solution?

Clashes between farmers and herdsmen have escalated this year, especially in the southwest where quit notices were delivered to people of Fulani extraction.

Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, recently suggested that ranching was the solution to the phenomenon of herdsmen moving across the country with cattle.

Reacting to the Governor’s suggestion, Mr Adesina said all suggestions should be discussed.

He also pointed to the Federal Government’s Ruga program, which was rejected by some states.

“Nigeria is a peculiar country where the federal government has no land,” he said. And if states say they have no land for ranches, then another solution has to be found.

“So we need to discuss these things and appraise them critically until we can get to what we can call ‘the’ solution.”

 

PDP Should Stop Defaming President Buhari’s Former Service Chiefs – Presidency

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has criticized the United States’ government for placing Nigeria on the Special Watchlist of countries violating religious freedom.

 

The Presidency has dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) ‘attack’ over the nomination of the former heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Military Intelligence to the Senate for confirmation as non-career ambassadors.

According to the presidency, this transition is normal in decent democratic societies.

In a statement on Saturday, special media aide to the president, Mr. Femi Adesina frowned at the fact that newspapers and online media are full of pages of ‘laughable’ criticisms of the President and former Service Chiefs by the party, the latest of which was the claim that they were nominated as ambassadors so as to shield them from trial by the International Criminal Court, ICC.

“How on earth can decent people run down hardworking professionals who have put in their best to defend their country? How can you run down your country and equate that with normal political dialogue and opposition?

“What is baffling about this false and baseless assertion is that this is coming, not from Boko Haram terrorists who the military kept largely in check and confined to a known section of the country, Sambisa, but from a so-called leading opposition party that fraudulently kept power for 16 years and is nursing the hope of one day returning to office as an elected government.

READ ALSO: PDP Urges ICC To Investigate Outgoing Service Chiefs Over Crime Against Humanity

“What is more, under these corrupt politicians the insurgency conquered large swathes of territory-18 Local Government Areas.

“Pray, if a political party, in a blind search for power can spurn the interest of the nation, embrace the language of hate campaign against the country’s military as enunciated by the terrorists, as the PDP does, what will be left for the Boko Haram to do? PDP is doing Boko Haram’s work!” Adesina’s statement read in part.

The presidency’s spokesman argued that we live in an evidence-based era for arguments and asked the PDP to provide evidence of rights abuse against the military in the war against terrorists.

Adesina asked: “Wouldn’t it be beneficial to the nation that they publish such evidence instead of levying grave accusations without proves? And to ask, in whose interest are they making these accusations that lack any depth?” 

He said the ICC does not need to be lectured on democratic values and human rights by the PDP.

“Who are they, and what is their record in office to lecture anyone? Zaki Biam and Odi where thousands of citizens were on record, the genocide operation comes to mind. Did they report themselves to the ICC?”

Adesina said PDP’s attacks on the ambassadorial nominations should be seen in the context of the opposition party’s track record as a university of liars, whose modus operandi is to propagate lies.

In his opinion, the President is rewarding hard work and exceptional sacrifice by a set of military leaders who gave their best to the nation and will be remembered, sooner than later, for their contributions to the security and survival of Nigeria as one nation.

The special media aide said they (former service chiefs) should be allowed to move to the next level as this is so that their examples will help to inspire others if given the opportunity to serve.

Presidency Alleges Smear Campaign Against Buhari, Urges Nigerians To Be Wary

President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation on the occasion of the country's 60th independence anniversary on October 1, 2020.
File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the nation on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary on October 1, 2020.

 

The Presidency on Friday said a smear campaign intended to paint President Muhammadu Buhari as an ethnic bigot is set to be launched.

In a statement titled ‘Unrelenting Plot to Wage Smear Campaign Against President Buhari’, spokesman Femi Adesina said the allegations being readied against the President are “by no means supported with reasonable facts and figures.”

READ ALSO: Buhari Writes National Assembly, Seeks Confirmation Of Service Chiefs

According to Adesina, the President “has continued to place members of his ethnic nationality in sensitive positions, so as to confer undue advantage on them.”

He warned Nigerians to be wary of persons behind such a campaign as it “is all about quest for power, and filthy lucre” and not for the nation’s good.

Read Adesina’s full statement below:

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

UNRELENTING PLOT TO WAGE SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST PRESIDENT BUHARI
There is compelling reason to alert the nation of another orchestrated smear campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari, using some online newspapers and blogs.
The campaign, scheduled to be launched anytime soon through editorials and purported special investigative stories, is designed to further exacerbate tension in the land, by portraying the President as pandering to ethnic and other primordial tendencies, contrary to his pledge to belong to all Nigerians.
Impeccable security findings indicate that those behind the plot have procured online blogs and newspapers, which are to launch coordinated publications, alleging subjugation and suppression of a particular religion and ethnic groups.
A specific medium has so far contacted some opinion leaders, especially those very critical of President Buhari.
Part of the planned publication is to make unwary readers believe that the President has continually used the powers of his office to shield and protect an ethnic group against crimes of murder, kidnappings, rape and banditry in the southern, middle belt and some northern states.
The publication will also refer Nigerians to a 58-page document, which chronicles purported atrocities of the ethnic group in the South since 2017, all of which it claims the Presidency has turned blind eyes to.
Again, the hatchet job will allege that the President has continued to place members of his ethnic nationality in sensitive positions, so as to confer undue advantage on them. This allegation is by no means supported with reasonable facts and figures.
Just on Thursday, President Buhari, while meeting with the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), led by Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, restated his even-handedness on the issues of ethnicity and religion. Said the President:
“The Federal Government under my leadership does not, and will not, allow religious prejudice or partisanship to influence any of its decisions and policies. It is my solemn decision to be fair and just to all segments of society.”

Those who are bent on stoking ethnic and religious unrest in the country remain deaf to reason, and impervious to reality. They are hell-bent on distorting reality, and Nigerians are urged to be wary of them. It is all about quest for power, and filthy lucre.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
January 29, 2021