- Adesina claims Obasanjo would have rebuked Nigerians for demanding presidential address if he was still in power
- According to him, the president has addressed the nation three times
- Going further, the president is a man of few words
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Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, says if ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo was still in power, he would have rebuked Nigerians for demanding that he address the nation.
He disclosed this in a Facebook post entitled, “if you can’t take blows brother, don’t throw blows”.
According to him, a lot of Nigerians take delight in abusing the president but would not tolerate the same thing if reversed.
Going further, he said the president had already addressed the nation three times.
“I’ve recently found out that it’s the opposite that some Nigerians want. They want to use foul language, harangue their President, abuse him, and then, nobody must respond to defend the President,“ he said.
“For about five years, some people have made it a pastime to talk about President Muhammadu Buhari anyhow. The man just ignores them, and continues to work calmly for the country.
“Last week, I chose to give out some light blows. Very light ones. That was when I realized that those who had been dealing out the blows for years have nothing but glass jaws.
“Now, this narrative of ‘he must talk to us’ is a common one in the country. I’d responded to it more times than I could remember. But what made it a bit irksome last week was the fact that the President had just made three major national broadcasts over the previous four weeks.
“I explained that it was not the President’s style to chirrup like a cockatoo. He is a man of few words, who preferred action to words.
” You know what? If it was former President Olusegun Obasanjo that had come under the ‘you must talk to us’ barrage like that, and on live television, he would have first cleared his throat noisily, adjusted himself in his seat, and then bellowed:
“And who are you, that I must talk to you? I say who the hell are you? Who is your father? Who is your father’s father, that you are commanding me to talk to you? Were you born when we fought a Civil War to keep this country together?
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the presidency has released a list of measures President Muhammadu Buhari has taken, and will further take, to make life abundant for Nigerians after coronavirus ends.
This was contained in a statement released by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on Thursday, May 14.
Legit.ng gathered that economic teams to be headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Ministry of Finance have been put in place by the president to define Nigeria’s economy post-COVID-19.
Below is a checklist of the measures as released by the presidency:
1. An economic team, headed by the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning has been set up to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.
2. Economic Sustainability Committee headed by the Vice President to define a post-COVID-19 economy for Nigeria.
3. Taskforce set up on the free movement of farm produce headed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
4. Plans afoot to tackle weak health systems and infrastructure through the establishment of standard laboratories, intensive care units, and isolation centres in all states of the Federation. The health infrastructure will eventually be recalibrated for the good of the people, and in readiness for future emergencies.
5. As long term measures, emphasis will be placed on integrating local content in proven researches in the cure, and production of materials in the health sector.
6. A Fiscal Sustainability Plan to complement the suite of monetary and banking interventions recently announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
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