Buhari’s critics need prayers – Femi Adesina
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, says those who see nothing good in the administration of his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, need prayers.
Mr Adesina stated this in an article he wrote yesterday, says critics have resorted to hating the achievements of the president rather than deny its existence, which according to him, was the case earlier.
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity had recently advised Nigerians to calm down if they actually wants to see the president’s achievements.
In the piece published on his website, he listed on going rail projects, rebranding of airports, bridges, rice revolution, health care centres, among others, as positive achievements of his principal which Nigerians have refused to acknowledged.
“At that point, you pity them. You realize that they need prayers. They hate everything good. They hate anything uplifting. They hate development. They hate their country. They even hate themselves,” Mr Adesina said.
Mr Buhari, a retired general of the Nigerian Army, came to power democratically in 2015 when he defeated then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, in the historic election.
He had promised to fight corruption, secure lives and properties and boast the economy. When he was sworn in, the president refused to appoint ministers saying he was searching for competent hands. Analysts say his action led the economy into recession, although his blamed the past administration for the economic meltdown.
Although he started well in the fight against corruption, including taking the war to the judiciary adjudged to be corrupt, he seems to be loosing it. He and his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) have shielded most of his cronies and allies accused of corruption.
On security, criminal activities are on the rise nationwide, coming from different angles than what it used to be during his predecessor days. While the attacks from Boko Haram terrorists have reduced, violent herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers among others are having a field day. Calls for him to sack service chiefs over rising insecurity have also fell on deaf ears.