The presidential spokesperson, during a television appearance on Sunday, March 27, 2016, told Nigerians to go and “hold the vandals” if they want good electricity.
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina is a man in troubled waters.
Mr Adesina is trending on social media, and as usual it is for the wrong reason.
The presidential spokesperson, during a television appearance on Sunday, March 27, 2016, told Nigerians to go and “hold vandals” if they want good electricity.
“If some people are crying that they are in darkness, they should go and hold those who vandalize the installations, that’s it,” the presidential aide said.
Before this Adesina had defended a controversial statement made by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu that he was not a magician hence he could not make the ongoing fuel scarcity go away before May.
The presidential aide also said that Kachikwu should not be crucified for telling Nigerians the truth adding that citizens should accept that it would take weeks before the scarcity could end.
Adesina had also said, during a recent interview with Radio Continental, that Nigerians should stop the habit of complaining.
“I think Nigerians have always complained, and we should learn to stop complaining and believe more,” he said.
“If you have elected a government because you believe it can bring change, and you have not allowed them to isolate what the problems are, and articulate what the solutions would be, and you begin to have all these complaints, I think it is not natural.
“There must be realistic expectation, and realistic expectation will demand that people are patient, supportive, and encourage the government. This is a government that is working for the people. Rather than complaining, let us cooperate, support and encourage. “
The promised change will come. Don’t forget that our president said it would take a minimum of 18 months to revive the economy. Nigerians don’t listen to something like that, they want magic immediately. It doesn’t happen that way. This change will come, but it would follow a process, and it would be enduring,” Adesina added.
The presidential aide has also been criticized for describing members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “Wailing Wailers” and saying that Buhari would appoint ministers in the “fullness of time.”
Adesina has also come under fire for saying that it is the mental age of Buhari’s ministers rather than their chronological age that matters and likewise for a Christmas tweet which many viewed as abusive and inappropriate.
Femi Adesina has been attacked enough in one year of office to last him his entire tenure, but he still seems not to have learnt his lesson.
For one who has been trained in the use of words as a journalist, he is unbelievably content with continually letting words get the better of him.
Mr Adesina doesn’t seem to realize that he has been chosen to speak for the number one man in Nigeria, that every time he opens his mouth, every single time, he is speaking for the elected father of the hundreds of millions of people who reside in this country.
If Mr Adesina finds himself unable to understand the requirements of his job, then he must seek help from those who know what to say, how to say it and when to say it.
Nigeria is in a very delicate situation at this moment, and the words that emanate from the Presidency could either strengthen or weaken the people’s spirit.
Femi Adesina must apologize to Nigerians for all his missteps, past and present, and ensure that he gets the necessary training to ensure that he does not make any more mistakes of the mouth, for his sake and Buhari’s.