Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has put a call through to Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
According to Mr Adesina, the president called at exactly 2:43pm on Saturday, and he was more than delighted to speak with him for the first time in a month.
During the conversation, he thanked him for “holding out against mischief makers”, while he has been away on vacation in London.
The President’s aide made this known via his Facebook account where he wrote:
“At exactly 2.43 p.m today, Saturday, February 25, 2017, my phone rang. Who was at the other end? Tunde Sabiu, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Hold on for Mr President,” Tunde said – and in a matter of seconds, the very familiar voice came:
“Femi, how are you?” (He calls me Adesina most times, but today, he opted for Femi) – I screamed :”Mr President, I have missed you. How are you sir?”
He first laughed. That familiar laugh. Then he said: “I am still resting. Thank you for holding out against mischief makers.”
“I said it was my duty, the very least I could do, adding how happy I was to speak with him.”How is your family?”
“I said we were fine, and he asked me to extend his greetings to them. I hope to call you again, ” Mr President said, and I bade him farewell, adding: “Best wishes, sir.”
Mr Adesina described the call as a defining moment for him, stating that he had deliberately avoided speaking to the President, since he embarked on his vacation, as he did not see the need to validate that fact that he was alive.
“It was a defining moment for me. For more than a month, I had always spoken with aides who are with the President in London. Not once did I ask them to take the phone to him, deliberately so, because I didn’t need to speak with him to validate the fact that he was alive. And since he was on vacation, he had a right to his privacy.
“Of his own volition, President Buhari spoke with me. It made my day. Even if he hadn’t done so, he would have remained my President, my leader, and my man. Any day,” he stated in the post.