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President Buhari should speak to us… we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina – Dino Melaye
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President Buhari should speak to us… we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina – Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye has asked President Buhari to come out and address Nigerians as people voted for him and not his media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu.   Melaye said this when he granted an interview on AIT today May 7. According to him, President Buhari’s silence is detrimental to the war against insecurity in the country. He asked the president to resign "in the interest of Nigerians who are dying."   “President Buhari needs to speak to Nigerians directly, he needs to communicate with the media. Our president is absent, and this has negative concomitant effects on the war against insecurity in the country. It is very pathetic, but our president is not available. All we hear is presidency says, we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina. All our secur...
President Buhari should speak to us… we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina – Dino Melaye
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President Buhari should speak to us… we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina – Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye has asked President Buhari to come out and address Nigerians as people voted for him and not his media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu. Melaye said this when he granted an interview on AIT today May 7. According to him, President Buhari’s silence is detrimental to the war against insecurity in the country. He asked the president to resign "in the interest of Nigerians who are dying." “President Buhari needs to speak to Nigerians directly, he needs to communicate with the media. Our president is absent, and this has negative concomitant effects on the war against insecurity in the country. It is very pathetic, but our president is not available. All we hear is presidency says, we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina. All our security challenges b...
The Media Must be Sensitive to Nigeria’s Current Situation – Buhari
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The Media Must be Sensitive to Nigeria’s Current Situation – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to be sensitive to Nigeria's current situation in their reportage. Buhari in a statement issued on Sunday May 2 by his spokesman Femi Adesina ahead of the World Press Freedom day on May 3, said the media should not encourage incendiary words and actions that could further hurt our unity in diversity. The President also pledged greater cooperation with the media to discharge its duties, in line with the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, ‘Information as a Public Good.’ He said; “The media must be sensitive to what we are going through as a country, and anything that would exacerbate the situation, and further inflame passions and emotions, should be avoided. “The media needs to ensure that while informing, educating,...
Impeachment: Senators, Reps Divided As Afenifere Backs Mbaka’s Verdict On Buhari
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Impeachment: Senators, Reps Divided As Afenifere Backs Mbaka’s Verdict On Buhari

Some senators and members of the House of Representatives as well as sociocultural organisations on Thursday expressed divergent views on the call by the spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Father Ejike Mbaka, on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached. The cleric, who publicly supported the candidature of President Buhari in the build-up to the 2015 elections, said “God is angry with the president.” His call for Buhari’s resignation or impeachment came 24 hours after a renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi raised the alarm that nobody is safe anymore in the country, and challenged the president to act. While some members of the National Assembly said Father Mbaka was right, others said the suggestion was overkill. The Yoruba sociocu...
Buhari Seeks Relocation Of US Africa Command Headquarters From Germany
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Buhari Seeks Relocation Of US Africa Command Headquarters From Germany

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the United States to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), from Germany. The president made the request on Tuesday, during a virtual meeting with Anthony Blinken, US secretary of state. AFRICOM, with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of the 11 department of defence combatant commands of the US, which focuses on addressing security challenges affecting African countries. According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari said the relocation is necessary as part of efforts to address insecurity in Nigeria and other African nations. “The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sah...
Buhari Doesn’t Care About Your Noise, Murmurings And Curses – Femi Adesina
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Buhari Doesn’t Care About Your Noise, Murmurings And Curses – Femi Adesina

HOUNDING THE PRESIDENT. WILL THEY EVER LEARN? From Sunday afternoon till evening, I was harried and harassed with phone calls by some people in the media. Can you please confirm the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari? He came into the country on Thursday, and he hasn’t been seen since then. Information at our disposal says his health has taken a turn for the worse. I wondered where the falsity was coming from. But patiently, I tried to respond to the enquiries, reasoning with the callers that the President came back to the country early Thursday evening, in the full glare of Nigerians. He even granted an interview at the airport, saying his routine medical checks went well. On Friday, he was in the office, and equally attended the Jumat service. Saturday was for rest and...
Buhari Mourns Yinka Odumakin
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Buhari Mourns Yinka Odumakin

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family, friends and acquaintances of Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere. Odumakin was also spokesman to the then Gen Buhari in 2011, when he ran for President on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), now defunct. The President in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja, Saturday, recalled Odumakin as dutiful, and a person of conviction, expressing sorrow at his demise, when he had a lot more to contribute to society and the nation at large. President Buhari prayed God to grant repose to the soul of the departed activist, and comfort all those who mourn him.
Atiku Was Part Of Nigeria’s Rot, He Lacks Right To Criticise Buhari – Adesina
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Atiku Was Part Of Nigeria’s Rot, He Lacks Right To Criticise Buhari – Adesina

The Presidency on Sunday said former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar was one of those responsible for Nigeria’s sorry state and as such lacks the moral right to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari over the state of affairs of the nation today. Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunday Politics, Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity said Nigerians shouldn’t take Atiku serious as records of the misgovernance of his tenure with former President Olusegun Obasanjo for eight years are still in the public domain. He said “The former Vice-President was in power for eight years, now he is in opposition to the government. You can’t take whatever he says as the gospel. The question is, when former vice-president Atiku Abubakar was in power with former...
32 Women Serving As Ministers, HoS, Advisers In Buhari’s Government – Adesina
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32 Women Serving As Ministers, HoS, Advisers In Buhari’s Government – Adesina

The Presidency on Sunday disclosed that no fewer than 32 women are serving as ministers, Head of Service of the Federation, special advisers and assistants, as well as heads of departments and agencies under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. In a release issued on Sunday to mark the International Women’s Day, the Media Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, said March 8 of every year is observed globally as the International Women’s Day, adding that the theme for 2021 is “Choose to Challenge”. According to him, the celebration provides ample opportunity to reflect on how President Buhari honours the womenfolk. He, thereafter, listed ‘The Buhari Women’ to include seven ministers, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, two special advisers, two senior special...
50 Percent Of Nigerian Immigration Officers To Now Work At Border Posts – FG
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50 Percent Of Nigerian Immigration Officers To Now Work At Border Posts – FG

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to improve surveillance and control around the nation’s borders, and “ensure that criminal elements don’t find Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetuate their criminality.’’ President Buhari gave the directive in his speech at the virtual Commissioning Ceremony of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Technology Building, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, told all security agencies to raise their performance in protecting lives and property, with a mandate that the country’s Global Security Index must be improved. According to him, “It is imperative that our ranki...
The Last Wailing Wailer Dies! Nigeria’s Wailing Wailers Stop Grumbling – Adesina
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The Last Wailing Wailer Dies! Nigeria’s Wailing Wailers Stop Grumbling – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity has enjoined ‘wailing wailers’ who have been unduly critical of President Muhammadu Buhari to desist and join hands with him in moving the nation forward. In his weekly article titled ‘ The Last Wailing Wailer Dies, Adesina said those antagonistic of President Buhari should cease their attacks just like Bunny Wailer (original name Neville O’Rilley Livingston) has stopped all form of wailing with his death on Tuesday aged 73. Going down memory lane, Adesina said he adopted the name ‘wailing wailers’ for Chief Olisa Metuh, former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were always finding fault and will not see anything good in the Buhari administration. The full article read...
Those Demanding Buhari’s Resignation Only Exercising Freedom Of Speech – Adesina
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Those Demanding Buhari’s Resignation Only Exercising Freedom Of Speech – Adesina

The presidency has said those demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari due to the mounting security challenges in the country are only exercising their freedom of speech. It however said such freedom has its limitations. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President was reacting to demand by Nigerians that President Buhari should resign just as he had asked former president Goodluck Jonathan to do in 2013. In May 2013, Buhari had asked Jonathan who was President then to vacate office for failing to tackle insecurity across the country. While addressing journalists at his residence in Daura, Katsina state, Buhari said: “Jonathan should vacate and give way to competent hand to govern the country.” When asked on if President Buhari sho...
Salihu Tanko-yakasai More Courageous Than Adesina And Shehu – Sule Lamido
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Salihu Tanko-yakasai More Courageous Than Adesina And Shehu – Sule Lamido

Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has said Salihu Tanko Yakasai, former media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, has more courage that Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, presidential spokesmen. Salihu was arrested on Saturday over his call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign due to widespread insecurity. News of his arrest was making the round when Ganduje announced his sack. Reacting in a statement on Monday, Lamido said Salihu is as brave as his father who stood up to tough leaders. “The Government and its Security Agencies need to be more circumspect in dealing with minor political irritations from irritant youths. Those dealing with security management should have done some background checks to understand the political DNA of Salihu Tanko and ...
We Can’t Depend On Buhari Alone For Nigeria’s Security – Femi Adesina
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We Can’t Depend On Buhari Alone For Nigeria’s Security – Femi Adesina

  of The presidency on Monday said Nigeri­ans will be making a grave mistake if they believe that it is the sole re­sponsibility President Mu­hammadu Buhari to provide security for the country. Femi Adesina, Special Ad­viser on Media and Publicity, who disclosed this while fea­turing as a guest on Channels Television programme, ‘Poli­tics Today’, said the president was right when he charged school owners, including state and local governments, to scale up security around their educational institu­tions. According to him, while he swore to protect the lives and property of Nigerians as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, every Ni­gerian is part of the security architecture of the country. “That can only be wrong and it can only be part of the problem, rather ...
Buhari Attributes Violence In Nigeria To People With Resources, Influence
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Buhari Attributes Violence In Nigeria To People With Resources, Influence

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, attributed the upheavals being experienced in parts of the country to a few people with resources and influence. He assured stakeholders that the culprits will be identified and dealt with in due course. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving a delegation of Borno/Yobe Elders Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The statement was titled “We need this country, we will continue to work for its stability, says President Buhari.” Adesina quoted the President as saying that “I am confident that we will eventually convince the small number of people with resource and influence that are a nuisance to this great country. “God wi...
Femi Fani-Kayode Meets Buhari’s Aide, ‘Pastor’ Femi Adesina
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Femi Fani-Kayode Meets Buhari’s Aide, ‘Pastor’ Femi Adesina

Was delighted to have bumped into my old friend and brother Pastor Femi Adesina, Special Advisor to President Buhari on Media & Publicity at Abuja airport this morning! Oh dear! Now I am really in trouble! Face with tears of jo yRolling on the floor laughing Face with tears of joy. It was a pleasure to see Femi again after a number of years! Folded hands
Herdsmen Crisis: Buhari Will Be A Talkative To Speak On Every Matter – Adesina
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Herdsmen Crisis: Buhari Will Be A Talkative To Speak On Every Matter – Adesina

The Presidency, on Tuesday, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will be a talkative if he speaks on every matter including the herdsmen crisis. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH. Many Nigerians including Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, had urged the President to address Nigerians and make it known publicly that he does not support the criminal activities of some herdsmen in parts of the country. Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had also called for the enactment of a law to abolish the movement of cattle by herdsmen from the Northern part of the country to other parts in order to prevent the incessant herdsmen-farmers clashes...
Buhari Orders Arrest, Prosecution Of Illegal Arms Bearers
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Buhari Orders Arrest, Prosecution Of Illegal Arms Bearers

President Muhumaadu Buhari has ordered arrest and prosecution of all illegal arms bearers in the country irrespective of their ethnic affiliation. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, yesterday disclosed this on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by our reporter. Daily Trust had exclusively reported on Sunday that proliferation of arms was fuelling insecurity across the country. Adesina said the president has zero tolerance for criminal elements and would not harbour anyone found wanting by security agencies. “The president has always held the stance that anyone seen carrying a gun unlawfully should be arrested and tried regardless of where he comes from,” he said. On the efforts of the Presidency towards bringing an end to the herdsmen’s crisis, A...
Herdsmen crisis: Arrest, prosecute anyone found with arms – Presidency
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Herdsmen crisis: Arrest, prosecute anyone found with arms – Presidency

The Presidency has revealed the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of killer herdsmen in the country. Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the president’s position is that those found with arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. Adesina disclosed this while responding to a question from Seun Okinbaloye on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today. According to Adesina: “If the governor would say he has not heard the president speak on that matter that is what he should make clear, it’s not that the president has not spoken. “Because a number of times the president has spoken on that issue and his position has always been the same, anybody who carries arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. The president ...
Your Failures Not Elite Are After You, PDP Tells Buhari
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Your Failures Not Elite Are After You, PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party had said the allegations by the Presidency , that certain Nigerians , particularly the elite, are waging a smear campaign against the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), shows that the Buhari regime “is being haunted by the shadows of its own failures” . The PDP in a statement titled ‘ Smear campaign : Nobody but your failures are after you , PDP Mocks Buhari Presidency ’, by its spokesperson , Kola Ologbondiyan, advised Buhari to stop his “ new- found pleading with Nigerians to award him an unmerited pass mark” . MCI reports that the Presidency had on Friday raised the alarm over what it called planned orchestrated smear campaign against Buhari , using some online newspapers and blogs. The Special Adviser to the President on Media...
I Will Be Praying For You, Buhari Tells New Service Chiefs
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I Will Be Praying For You, Buhari Tells New Service Chiefs

The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ) , has assured the newly appointed service chiefs of his prayers as they lead the fight against terrorism , especially in Nigeria’ s North - Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. He also advised the service chiefs to give responsibilities to trusted hands , while charging them to be loyal and patriotic . The Special Adviser to President on Media and Publicity , Femi Adesina , stated this in a piece on Friday , titled , ‘ Inside PMB ’ s First Meeting With New Service Chiefs ’ . Adesina said the President assured the new service chiefs of his prayers and support , adding that “ victory comes from the divine powers” . But human rights lawyer, Femi Falana ( SAN) , has argued that no level of prayers can win the Boko Haram wa...
Smear Campaign Against Buhari Using Online Newspapers & Blogs – Femi Adesina
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Smear Campaign Against Buhari Using Online Newspapers & Blogs – Femi Adesina

There is compelling reason to alert the nation of another orchestrated smear campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari, using some online newspapers and blogs. The campaign, scheduled to be launched anytime soon through editorials and purported special investigative stories, is designed to further exacerbate tension in the land, by portraying the President as pandering to ethnic and other primordial tendencies, contrary to his pledge to belong to all Nigerians. Impeccable security findings indicate that those behind the plot have procured online blogs and newspapers, which are to launch coordinated publications, alleging subjugation and suppression of a particular religion and ethnic groups. A specific medium has so far contacted some opinion leaders, especially those very c...
20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs
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20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs

No fewer than 20 members of courses 34 and 35 may proceed on retirement as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday removed service chiefs and appointed a new set of officers to replace them. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs,’ named officers who would head the nation’s armed forces. According to him, they include Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao. Shortly after the appointment of the service chiefs, sources in the Nigerian Army told The PUNCH that the appointment of the new ser...
Buhari Satisfied With Performance Of Ex-service Chiefs – Femi Adesina
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Buhari Satisfied With Performance Of Ex-service Chiefs – Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, says President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with the performance of the service chiefs he replaced on Tuesday. Adesina, who said this when he appeared on Channels TV, added that the president replaced them because he “just felt it was time to have fresh energy.” The president replaced the service chiefs who have been in office three months into his first term in 2015. During the television programme, Adesina said: “The fact that they (the service chiefs) had to leave today does not mean that they have failed. “The president in the statement we issued also commended the outgoing service chiefs for their contributions in engendering a safer country. “That shows that by and large, he was satisfied with their performances and he just fe...
Pigeons: Buhari Has No Time For Idle, Wailing Wailers – Femi Adesina
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Pigeons: Buhari Has No Time For Idle, Wailing Wailers – Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Thursday said it is unfortunate that some idle and indolent wailers made issue out of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony where pigeons released by President Muhammadu Buhari refused to fly. In his weekly article titled ' Reflections From A Wreath Laying Ceremony' Adesina said the pigeons having been caged for sometimes hesitated because they couldn't believe they have been set free. He said "Now, something for those who twist my every word, turn it upside down, to generate hatred. Something for them to wail about. The release of the pigeons". "At every Armed Forces Remembrance Day, after the laying of the wreaths, the sitting President releases some pigeons, to symbolize peace in the land. Emblems ...
We Have Weakened Boko Haram – Defence Headquaters
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We Have Weakened Boko Haram – Defence Headquaters

The defence headquarters says Boko Haram insurgents are “weakened enemies” of the country and no longer have “sovereignty or authority” on any territory in the country. John Enenche, defence spokesman, stated this on Friday while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today. To commemorate the armed forces remembrance day, the presidency had said Boko Haram insurgents are weaker compared to 2015. “Boko Haram is much weaker today than in 2015, as attested to by the governor of Borno state on December 6, 2020,” Femi Adesina, presidentiaal spokesman, had said in a statement. Affirming the stance of the presidency, Eneche said as of 2015, Boko Haram had between 17 and 20 local government areas under its control. He said but those territories were recaptured under the lea...
Troops Killed 2,403 Terrorists, Bandits, Kidnappers In 9 Months – Femi Adesina
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Troops Killed 2,403 Terrorists, Bandits, Kidnappers In 9 Months – Femi Adesina

The Presidency Thursday said various nits of the Nigerian Armed Forces, in coordinated operations, across the country between March 18 and December 30, 2020 had eliminated over 2,403 terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and criminals of other sorts. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, stated this in “a checklist of successes of the Nigerian Armed Forces”, released to State House reporters in commemoration of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day. He said this was in addition to terrorists and bandits killed during air strikes by the Nigeria Air Force. The checklist segmented the achievements into regions with special attention on the activities in the northeast mostly affected by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group. The checklist also revealed figures of the re...
Femi Adesina Insists Security Has Improved Despite Sultan’s Claim
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Femi Adesina Insists Security Has Improved Despite Sultan’s Claim

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, says the security in the North has improved despite a claim by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, that the North had been overrun by bandits. Adesina said the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum, would attest to the fact that security had drastically improved. The President’s aide said this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’. Adesina had boasted that the Federal Government had been able to tackle insecurity. When confronted with the Sultan’s statement, and if it was not proof that Buhari had failed, Adesina said, “You are using that failure too broadly. You don’t take one, two, three events and then you conclude that it is all failure. “You will get to some other pa...
Autogas, Modular Refinery: PMB Making Conquests Steadily, Surely – Femi Adesina
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Autogas, Modular Refinery: PMB Making Conquests Steadily, Surely – Femi Adesina

Diverse developments in our country often bring to mind lyrics of the song ‘God Moves in a Mysterious Way,’ by William Cowper. The lines go thus: “Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face. His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour.” If we are not discerning enough, the tendency is quite strong to think that all that is happening in Nigeria is evil, evil and more evil. Killings by insurgents, bandits, and assassins. Violent protests leading to loss of lives and wanton destruction. Kidnappings for ransom. Mayhems and murders. Sorrow, tears and blood (dem regular trademark, as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti sang). Yes, all these negative things happen, and you would think all that God does now is to frown at us as Nigerians. He frowns, quite alright, but “behind a frownin...
Nigerians Are Not Hungry; Protest Caused Looting- Femi Adesina
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Nigerians Are Not Hungry; Protest Caused Looting- Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the looting of warehouses and shops by hoodlums cannot be traced to poverty in Nigeria but by the pandemonium that accompanied the #EndSARS protests. Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, on Thursday, Adesina said attributing the looting to poverty was like justifying armed robbery. “Criminality is criminality. Would it justify armed robbery because the man was poor? Would it justify armed robbery because the man didn’t have money? Just as you cannot justify armed robbery because a man was poor and took a gun to rob another person, you can’t also justify the looting,” he said. Adesina claimed the protracted protests provided an atmosphere for looting to take place. He said i...
Lekki Toll Gate: Amnesty International Doesn’t Run This Country — Femi Adesina
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Lekki Toll Gate: Amnesty International Doesn’t Run This Country — Femi Adesina

The Presidency has said Amnesty International does not run the country and was wrong in its report on the movement of military men from the barracks to Lekki Tollgate, where peaceful #EndSARS protesters were shot at on Tuesday, October 20. Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media & Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, said this on Channels TV, Thursday morning, while responding to claims that military high-handedness towards the protesters at Lekki Tollgate led to hoodlums looting and burning across the country. Also exonerating the military, Adesina said that the Lekki Tollgate incident didn’t precipitate the arson and looting spree that spread across the country. Vanguard had reported that Amnesty International, on Wednesday, released a report entitled “Nigeria: Th...
President Buhari reappoints INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, for another 5-year term
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President Buhari reappoints INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, for another 5-year term

President Buhari has reappointed the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, for another five-year term.   Mahmood was appointed to office by President Buhari in November 2015, succeeding Amina Zakari, who served as acting chairman.   According to a statement released by a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, President Buhari has forwarded Mahmood's name to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation. ''President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office. In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the F...
Why Buhari Didn’t Speak On Lekki Shootings – Femi Adesina
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Why Buhari Didn’t Speak On Lekki Shootings – Femi Adesina

President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t mention anything about the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters in Lekki on Tuesday night during a nationwide broadcast yesterday because it would be “premature and presumptuous.” Many Nigerians have carpeted Buhari for not mentioning about the shootings or empathising with the victims during the much-awaited presidential broadcast, describing the ommission as deliberate and callous. But his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who appeared on Politics Today, a live show on Channel Televisions monitored by The Nation, said the President couldn’t have said anything about the shooting because it was being investigated. He said: “The Defence Headquarters issued a statement to say that it was investigating the matter. Lagos State Gover...
PDP Wanted To Take  Advantage Of EndSARS To Return To Power In 2023 – Adesina
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PDP Wanted To Take Advantage Of EndSARS To Return To Power In 2023 – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Thursday said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took advantage of the ongoing #EndSARS protests nationwide to plot a return to power in 2023. In his weekly article titled 'IF NIGERIA DIES, HATRED KILLED HER', Adesina said after 60 years, Nigeria may not move beyond where she is today owing to the hatred by many people, including Nigerians themselves. According to him, while the concern of the #EndSARS protesters were genuine, they allowed it to be hijacked by external forces especially by political forces who wanted power in 2023. He added that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which was defeated in the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections by the All Progressives Congress (APC) als...
#EndSARS: Femi Adesina Blames Churches, Mosques
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#EndSARS: Femi Adesina Blames Churches, Mosques

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has blamed churches and mosques as well as some sections of the media for promoting messages of hate. He added that the #EndSARS movement was a vehicle of hate messages. The President’s spokesman said this in an article titled, ‘If Nigeria Dies, Hatred Killed Her’. Adesina wrote, “The EndSARS campaign began as an agitation against police brutality, in which there was unanimity of purpose. And suddenly, it became a vehicle of hate. Against leadership, against national cohesion, an opportunity to settle political scores, and equally prepare for power grab in 2023. Hatred came into the mix.” Several influential clerics including the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch ...
Buhari Assents To Police Bill 2020
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Buhari Assents To Police Bill 2020

According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), in Abuja, on Thursday, said the President in a memo dated September 16, 2020, communicated his assent to police bill 2020 to the National Assembly, through the Clerk of the legislature. The statement informed that the Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well organized Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources. It added that among others, the Act establishes an appropriate funding framework for the Police in line with what is obtainable in other Federal Government key institutions, enhances professionalism in the Force through in...
Nigeria has always been divided. It didn’t start under Buhari- Femi Adesina
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Nigeria has always been divided. It didn’t start under Buhari- Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, has disagreed with Nigerians who believe that the country is more divided than it was before the Buhari-led administration came into power in 2015.   Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode, and many others have come out to say that Nigeria is now more divided than it has ever been.   However speaking on Channels TV this evening, Adesina said even after the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, the country has always remained divided and that the division currently seen across the country did not start with President Buhari. In his words ''Nigeria had always been divided right from amalgamation in 1914. Nigeria i...
Only Buhari Can Look Obasanjo In The Eye And Survive It – Adesina
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Only Buhari Can Look Obasanjo In The Eye And Survive It – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says only his principal has enough confidence to confront former President Olusegun Obasanjo, tell him his honest opinion on things “and survive it”. Obasanjo and Buhari have a few things in common. Obasanjo was Nigeria’s military head of state between February 13, 1976, and September 30, 1979. He later became a civilian President from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007. Buhari also ruled as military head of state from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985, before returning as a democratically elected leader on May 29, 2015. Adesina, in a piece titled, ‘Buhari Applause For Akinwumi Adesina’, compared Obasanjo to “America and some other world powers”, adding that “you have every r...
Second Niger Bridge: Buhari Did What OBJ, Yar’adua, Jonathan Couldn’t – Adesina
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Second Niger Bridge: Buhari Did What OBJ, Yar’adua, Jonathan Couldn’t – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Friday gave details of how former Presidents elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deceived Nigerians with the Second Niger Bridge project. In his weekly article titled ‘ My Mercedes Is Bigger Than Yours’, Adesina said former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled Nigeria from 1999 to 2007; Umaru Musa Yar’adua who was President from 2007 to 2010 and his successor, Goodluck Jonathan only used the Second Niger Bridge project as a campaign promise during the 16 year reign of the PDP. He said “We can never say too much about the Second Niger Bridge. The existing one was built in 1965, and had become totally inadequate to serve as the artery between the southern and other parts of the ...
The Buhari The International Community Knows By Femi Adesina
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The Buhari The International Community Knows By Femi Adesina

THE BUHARI THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY KNOWS By Femi Adesina The Nigerian President is different things to different people, depending on the prism from which he is being considered. To some people, Muhammadu Buhari is a father figure. At 77 years old, he qualifies. To some others, he’s the greatest crowd pulling politician the country has seen for some time, and may yet see for a long time to come. True. And yet, to some others, he’s the strict man of discipline and integrity, who sets his face as flint against all forms of graft and avarice. Very true. President Buhari is all these, and even more. But how does the international community see him? How do leaders of other countries, and people of weight and reckoning see the man who is a gift to the Nigerian nation? For th...
Femi Adesina Blasts Ango Abdullahi for Saying President Buhari has Failed the North
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Femi Adesina Blasts Ango Abdullahi for Saying President Buhari has Failed the North

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has slammed Ango Abdullahi and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) following a statement in which they criticized President Buhari for allegedly failing to tackle insecurity in Northern Nigeria. The group had said in its statement that the issue of insecurity in the north is getting worse by the day. They stated that the constant attacks by bandits and Boko Haram insurgents are indications that the Buhari administration "has failed woefully" in keeping citizens safe. Adesina who reacted to the statement, maintained that the presidency will continue seeing the forum as nothing more than Abdullahi. He described the group headed by the Former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as "a mer...
President Buhari, Oby Ezekwesili, Dele Momodu, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Toke Makinwa, Others Mourn Ibidun Ajayi-Ighodalo
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President Buhari, Oby Ezekwesili, Dele Momodu, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Toke Makinwa, Others Mourn Ibidun Ajayi-Ighodalo

President Buhari has joined other Nigerians to mourn Mrs. Ibidun Ituah-Ighodalo, wife of Pastor Itua Ighodalo of Trinity House, who passed away today June 14. In a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said he shares the pain and sorrow of the family over the sudden death and prays God’s comfort for the entire family, friends, and members of Trinity House. He recalled that Pastor Ighodalo is one person who faithfully prays for the country, and the government, noting that he sent him a personal letter of condolence when his former Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, passed away in April. “Please accept my condolence. May God give you the fortitude to bear the loss, and strengthen you at this trying time,” President Buhari s...
Presidency Opens Up On Osinbajo’s Whereabouts
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Presidency Opens Up On Osinbajo’s Whereabouts

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has explained the continued absence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. In an interview on Wazobia Radio, Adesina insisted that Osinbajo is busy working with the Economic Sustainability Committee. “He heads the Economic Sustainability Committee. They hold meetings and these news (items) are on the televisions,” he said. Adesina noted that some of these meetings are now virtual or through videos, assuring that Osinbajo is hale and hearty. He also explained that Lagos State secured a grant of N10billion from the Federal Government in the fight against the outbreak of COVID-19, because of their commitment to curb the pandemic. Technical support is very very important, very vey important… Lagos S...
Femi Adesina Debunks Report of President Buhari Addressing the Nation Today
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Femi Adesina Debunks Report of President Buhari Addressing the Nation Today

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, says contrary to earlier reports, there will be no presidential broadcast today May 18. Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 was on Channels TV on Sunday May 17 where he disclosed that the President will hold a nationwide broadcast today May 18, as the first phase of the ease of the lockdown comes to an end. However in a tweet shared this afternoon, Adesina said no presidential broadcast was planned for today May 18. According to him, the Presidential task force will bring Nigerians to speed on the next line of action regarding the ease of the lockdown. ''No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force w...
Gambari The Slap Next Time: Femi Adesina Article Against Ibrahim Gambari In 2008
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Gambari The Slap Next Time: Femi Adesina Article Against Ibrahim Gambari In 2008

Records have shown that Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in 2008, condemned Ibrahim Gambari for his support of dictatorial governments. Mr Gambari, who was recently appointed as the new Chief of Staff to President Buhari, has come under criticism for his role in bolstering the gag on press freedom. The diplomat served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 under Mr Buhari who was a military head of state then. Also, Mr Gambari worked for the late dictator, General Sani Abacha, whose regime saw to the victimisation of journalists and activists. One of the victims of the stifling of press freedom under Abacha was Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian journalist and environmental activist, who led a nonviolent campaign again...
Obasanjo Would Have Insulted Those Demanding Presidential Address – Femi Adesina
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Obasanjo Would Have Insulted Those Demanding Presidential Address – Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has faulted those demanding that the President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), addresses Nigerians on the COVID-19 pandemic. Adesina said this in an article titled, ‘If you can’t take blows brother, don’t throw blows’, which was posted on his Facebook page. He said if it were former President Olusegun Obasanjo that was still in power, he would have insulted those calling on him to address them. Adesina was reacting to the criticisms he received from a large section of Nigerians over his outing during a programme on 95.1 Nigeria Info FM Abuja. Many Nigerians slammed Adesina for saying the fact that they voted for Buhari didn’t give them the right to order him around. ‘IF YOU CAN’T TAKE BLOWS BROTH...
Buhari/Osinbajo’s Whereabouts: Arewa Youths Call For Femi Adesina’s Resignation
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Buhari/Osinbajo’s Whereabouts: Arewa Youths Call For Femi Adesina’s Resignation

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, on Friday advised President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina to resign from his position. AYCF President-General, Yerima Shettima explained that Adesina was not doing well as a presidential spokesman, hence the need for him to resign. Shettima spoke while reacting to calls for Adesina’s resignation over the whereabouts of Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo. Speaking with DAILY POST, the AYCF President-General said Adesina has found himself in a situation where he continues to ” turn black to white.” According to Shettima: “On the issue of Buhari and Osinbajo’s whereabouts, it is sad that a country such as Nigeria with a population of over 200 million does not have leaders in place. “It is sad t...
COVID-19: Why Buhari Turned Down Ganduje’s N15 Billion Request – Femi Adesina
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COVID-19: Why Buhari Turned Down Ganduje’s N15 Billion Request – Femi Adesina

The presidency has revealed reasons President Muhammadu Buhari refused to approve the N15 billion request by the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to fight Coronavirus in the state. The president had in March approved N10billion and N5billion to Lagos and Ogun states respectively to support the fight against Coronavirus. A few days after Kano State started recording COVID-19 cases, Mr Ganduje had also requested for similar financial support to the tune of N15billion from the Federal Government to fight the spread of the virus in the state. DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the governor’s request stirred up controversies among Nigerians. Speaking on a Wazobia FM’s live Radio chat, ‘As E Dey Hot’, monitored in Kano on Thursday, a senior presidential adviser on media and publi...
You Can’t Order President Buhari Around – Femi Adesina
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You Can’t Order President Buhari Around – Femi Adesina

For every Nigerian asking for a Presidential Media Chat, The Presidency has an answer for you: Nigerians cannot “order” President Buhari “around” just because he was “elected” by the populace. Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this during an interview on Nigeria Info’s Morning Crossfire. Responding to questions from callers on the show, Adesina said: “the fact that you have elected a man does not mean then you begin to order him around.” “Some people think because whether you elected the President or you didn’t elect the President, you must lead your President by the ‘nose’; it does not happen. “The President will do whatever is good for the country at any given time,” Adesina added. On the question of media cha...
Buhari’s Enemy Is Not Nigeria’s Enemy – Omokri Tells Femi Adesina
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Buhari’s Enemy Is Not Nigeria’s Enemy – Omokri Tells Femi Adesina

Popular social media commentator, Reno Omokri has cautioned the President Buhari’s special adviser on new media, Femi Adesina, against addressing Buhari’s enemy as the ‘enemy of the state.’ Speaking via his official Twitter handle, the popular critic stated that Buhari is not Nigeria and as such his enemy can not be Nigeria’s. “Dear @FemAdesina, “It is wrong to describe an enemy of General @MBuhari as an ‘enemy of the state’. Buhari is not Nigeria. Nigeria existed (in a much better state) before Buhari. Nigeria is more than Buhari. Buhari is just one man. Buhari is NOT Nigeria!”

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