Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has stated that Nigeria would have been “dead and gone” if Buhari had not emerged as the president of Nigeria in the 2015 elections.
According to Adesina, Boko Haram terrorists had taken over the entire north and were heading further to the southern region of Nigeria before Buhari’s administration intervened.
Adesina was quoted in an article published in Daily Post, which he titled “Insecurity: What Buhari has done, and is doing.”
“Each time he itemizes the three focal areas of government, President Muhammadu Buhari follows the same order: we shall secure the country, because you have to first secure a country or institution before you can efficiently manage it. We will revive the economy, and create jobs, particularly for our teeming youths, and then, we will fight corruption,” he began.
“The order above shows the priority that the President gives to security, as well as law and order in the country.”
Adesina was also shocked at the level of criticism of Buhari’s government, describing those who challenge the current administration as “naysayers” who will not remember past successes.
According to him, they will “scream and wail as if nothing is being done”, yet a lot has been done in terms of security and is still being done by the Buhari-led administration.
The senior presidential aide recollected that President Buhari, who came into power in May 2015, started presiding over a country that was almost in disarray, “with bombs going off like firecrackers daily.”
“The insurgency by Boko Haram was festering in the North-east, North-West, North-Central, with Abuja, the Federal capital having been serially bombed,” he said.
“There was Nyanya 1, Nyanya 2, United Nations Building, Police Force Headquarters, series of shopping malls, churches, mosques, and many others, all bombed, with many lives lost.”