Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has described the President as a ‘kind bully’ who is ready to knock sense into stubborn heads and whip everyone into line.
Adesina stated this in his weekly article (From The Inside) while reacting to President Buhari’s warning to troublemakers in the country.
In the article titled ‘I Suddenly Remembered Why I Fell In Love With The President’, Adesina also stated that Buhari can never be accused of genocide after Twitter deleted the president’s tweet in which he made reference to the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and his comment on treating “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand”.
He added that Nigeria now needs the combination of General Buhari and President Buhari.
Adesina’s article read: ”President Muhammadu Buhari spoke on Tuesday, warning troublemakers in the country that the picnic was over, and the next day, I saw this comment online from a Buharist, as lovers and admirers of the President are known:
‘I just finished watching the President on TV reading the riot act to troublemakers, and I couldn’t be prouder of the President. I suddenly remembered why I fell in love with the President.’
“That respondent sure spoke the minds of millions of Buharists in Nigeria and the Diaspora. The man we fell in love with is of iron and steel, one ready and willing to knock sense into contumacious heads, whipping everyone into line. And being kind to us in the process. A kind bully, if you like the oxymoron.
“How did things unfold that Tuesday afternoon, that led President Buhari to make the speech that is perhaps the most epochal in recent times?
“Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had led top guns of the electoral body into the meeting room with the President, shortly before the scheduled time of 3 pm.
“Like clockwork, President Buhari came in at the dot of the appointed time. He never misses it. And Prof Yakubu began his briefing. What were the main points?
“The spate of attacks on INEC’s offices and facilities nationwide has grave implications for elections and electoral activities in Nigeria.
“So far, there have been 42 of such attacks across the country since the 2019 General Election. The incidents occurred in 14 states for a variety of reasons, including bandit attack, 1, Boko Haram, 1, EndSARS protest, 18, post-election violence, 4, thuggery during elections, 6, unknown gunmen and hoodlums, 12.
“Thirty out of the 42 or 71% of the attacks happened in the last 7 months. They appear to be targeted at future elections, with the intention to incapacitate INEC, undermine democracy, and precipitate a national crisis.
“The INEC Chairman enumerated the immediate implications of the development, unfolded actions taken by the Commission, and asked for the intervention of Mr President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
“Confronted by such graphic display of anarchy, what should a President do? Throw up his hands in surrender, acquiesce, and tell everyone to go home in defeat and capitulation?
“Remember how we started this piece. President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) was once General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB), the army commander who gave Chadian forces who made incursion into Nigerian territory a bloody nose.
“He dealt with Maitatsine religious fanatics. He gave a red card to hard drug traffickers, who were executed by firing squad.
“He introduced War Against Indiscipline, and generally attempted to make us prim and proper. He was succeeding before hidden, hostile hands terminated the regime. Thirty years later, Nigerians yearned for that GMB, and massively voted him back to power.
“The response of the President to INEC elicited different kinds of reactions from different people and groups. What did he say?
“Those behind the attacks on national assets want the Administration to fail, and enough is enough. Soon, they will receive the shock of their lives.
”Many of those misbehaving today were too young to know the destruction that attended our Civil War (1967-1970), but those of us that were in the fields, fighting to keep the country together, won’t just fold our arms. We’ll rather speak to them in a language they would understand.
“I lead the country according to our Constitution, and anyone who wants to destroy the country would answer for it. We are expending resources to build infrastructure, and we won’t allow anyone destroy them. We will be harder on troublemakers.
“We have changed the Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police. We will give them all the resources they need, and then demand security from them.
“We will give INEC all the resources required to conduct elections, so that no one would accuse us of not wanting to leave office, or that we want a 3rd term.
”In reaction to what the President said, I also saw this comment online: ‘His followers are reinvigorated. They are buzzing’.
“True. 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 the 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.”
Insecurity: Oyo goes spiritual, invites traditional worshippers to invoke spiritual powers
The Oyo State government has invited some traditional worshippers in the State to invoke spiritual powers as a means of tackling insecurity ravaging the State.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun made this known to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan, the state capital.
He made the disclosure shortly after meeting with traditional worshipers at his ministry on “Community and Public Enlightenment on Security and Peaceful Coexistence”.
The state had in recent time witnessed unrest birthed by the activities of Fulani herdsmen and farmers, kidnappers and other criminal elements disturbing the peace of the State.
Ooni of Ife’s wife attends naming ceremony of incarcerated Endsars protester’s child (photos)
The naming ceremony of the son of Kemisola Ogunniyi, the #EndSARS protester who was two months pregnant at the time she was arrested by soldiers in Akure, Ondo State capital alongside three others, held today June 23. He was named Okikoiola Freedom Erinponmile.
In attendance was the wife of the Ooni of Ife, Prophetess Naomi Ogunwusi.
Kemisola was arrested after the violence that erupted in the wake of the October 2020 #EndSARS protests. She was accused of being one of those that set the state secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) ablaze.
On June 16, she welcomed her baby boy while in prison.
See more photos from the naming ceremony below…
Delta PDP suspends Senator Peter Nwaoboshi
The Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District in the National Assembly Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
The suspension endorsed by the PDP State Working Committee (SWC) subsists for a period of one month.
According to the State PDP leadership, “The action became necessary against the backdrop of the recent romance with the opposition party, verbal recklessness, and unprovoked utterances of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, particularly against the person of His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, which the PDP State Working Committee views strongly as totally unacceptable, disturbing and unbecoming of a politician and party member of his stature.”
“The PDP State Working Committee is in no doubt that the rash, unguarded, confused and heavily noxious, and vitriolic attacks by Senator Nwaoboshi, a serving Senator and a very recent Chairman of our great Party, are potentially inimical to the peace and harmony of the Party and tantamount to causing discord and disaffection among loyal Party members.
“The suspension, therefore, though obligatory, has sadly become imperative and inevitable, especially given the dramatic spontaneity and overzealousness of his verbal attacks, which are totally out of character and the have suspiciously been induced by circumstances which defy immediate rational analysis and comprehension”, the statement signed by the Delta PDP Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza noted.
The matter, he said, has been referred to the State Disciplinary Committee, in order to afford Senator Nwaoboshi a fair hearing and the opportunity to appear before it and defend himself.
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