-Presidential media aides, Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina have been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent times
- In defending their principal, the duo have stepped on toes and sometimes, crossed the boundary of decent engagement
- Alhaji Sule Lamido has called on the president to reflect on some of his aides' actions
Former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has described the media aides to President Muhammadu Buhari as political mercenaries.
Lamido, a former presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, made the statement via his Facebook page while reacting to a recent statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.
Adesina, a former president of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, had described the leader of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, as a general without troops.
The NEF had criticised the Buhari administration for failing to secure Nigerians as the country's situation worsens.
Lamido urged President Buhari to reflect deeply on the response in his defense made by Adesina.
He also urged the president to reflect on his political evolution from one party to another, noting that members of the NEF have been his loyal troops through thick and thin and have never abandoned him.
“The question you should ask yourself is why have they abandoned you in victory to political mercenaries like Femi and Garba who are with you only for the pay?
“Sir the issues they raised are real and each and every Nigerian except Femi and Garba share these concerns, even you as our C in C claimed not to be aware of our insecurity situation until the likes of NEF raised the red alarm.
“I hope the General without troops Femi was referring to sarcastically is not you sir! You have many capable hands around you, sir, listen to them, engage them,” Lamido said.
Meanwhile, Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Kukah, has berated President Buhari over the security situation in the country.
Kukah, a fierce critic of the Buhari's administration, accused the president of bringing nepotism and clannishness into the military and the country's security agencies.
“This president has displayed the greatest degree of insensitivity in managing our country’s rich diversity.
“He has subordinated the larger interests of the country to the hegemonic interests of his co-religionists and clansmen and women.
“The impression created now is that to hold a key and strategic position in Nigeria today, it is more important to be a northern Muslim than a Nigerian,” Bishop Kukah said.
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