- Chief Gani Adams has tackled Femi Adesina, over the latter’s claim that life had improved under Buhari’s watch
- At an event in Lagos, Adesina reeled out the ‘achievements’ of the Buhari administration; asserting that only those who chose to be willfully blind would not acknowledge such
- Adams, however, said though Adesina’s analysis was beautiful, it meant little to the man on the street
- Expressing shock at Adesina’s comments, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland urged the former to go back to Abuja and tell the president that Nigerians are hungry
Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, over the latter’s claim that life had improved under Buhari’s watch.
The verbal exchange occurred at the second annual lecture of Freedom Online, which held in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday, April 18. Both men were guests of honour at the event, The Eagle Online reports.
Legit.ng gathers that while reeling out statistics on the Buhari government’s achievements since 2015, Adesina said only those who chose to be willfully blind would not acknowledge such.
He said Nigeria’s agricultural export grew by 180.7 percent, while raw materials export rose by 150.2 percent in 2017, under Buhari’s watch.
He said: “Before we export, it means that, to a large extent, we have satisfied domestic demand.”
Adesina said the country had saved billions of dollars on a daily basis, as rice importation had reduced by 90 percent.
He added: “How about the stock market in 2017? The Nigerian stock market ended as one of the best performing in the world. Five million new taxpayers were added since 2016.”
According to Adesina, government spent N2.7 trillion on infrastructure between 2016 and 2017; a development which he described as “unprecedented in Nigeria’s history.”
He asserted that it was only those playing politics that would claim not to have seen or felt the impact of the government’s achievements.
He said: “If you choose to be wilfully blind, even if they put something in your face, you won’t be able to see it.”
However, Adams, while making his remarks, said though Adesina’s analysis was beautiful, it meant little to the man on the street.
He said: “You made a very good analysis but by the time we check it, I know you are a very honest person and you are telling us the truth, but with this analysis, I think the grassroots people should feel the government, they should feel the impact of government by all means.
“I am a regular traveler. I’ve traveled to about 46 countries and I know what is happening in the developed world and when you see most of their economic analysts, they won’t tell you what they are doing theoretically, but you will see what is happening.”
Adams, therefore, urged Adesina to go back to Abuja and tell President Buhari that the people are hungry.
He said: “When my brother, Mr Femi Adesina, was making the analysis, it got to a point, I was so shocked because I know the background of my brother, Femi Adesina, as a brilliant journalist.
“When he was at The Sun Newspaper, you’d love to read his articles and for trying to package their government, I was not surprised.
“But I want you to pass this message to the president because I remember when president Goodluck Jonathan was in power, he said when they are in that Villa, it’s just like being in a prison or a cage. They don’t know what is happening at the grassroots.
“But coming to this event, we need to pass this information that you can tell Mr President that Nigerians are suffering.”
Speaking in Yoruba, Adams added: “Ebi n pa awon ara ilu (the people are hungry).”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigerians on Wednesday night, April 17, reacted to Festus Keyamo's tweet praising President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the tweet, the senior advocate said Buhari was a friend of the poor and the one whom thieves 'love to hate'.
The tweet was met with heated anger from users on the Twitter platform, as many just could not understand the basis of the tweet.
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