HEARTLESS: Buhari Does Not Have To Visit Agatu Victims – Presidency

HEARTLESS: Buhari Does Not Have To Visit Agatu Victims – Presidency

By Julius Okeke | Sub Editor on April 2, 2016
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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari gives an interview to Agence France-presse at his hotel during the 25th African Summit on June 14, 2015 in Johannesburg. | Mujahid Safodian/AFP/Getty Images

Special adviser on media and publicity to the President, Femi Adesina says President Muhammadu Buhari does not have to visit victims of Boko Haram onslaught or herdsmen massacre in Agatu.

Speaking on Buhari’s failure to visit Agatu communities after the herdsmen massacre, Adesina said the president already reacted to the massacre in a statement pointing out that Buhari is not a talkative.

“A section of this country wants a talkative president and it doesn’t work that way. When the Agatu thing happened, we issued a statement – a statement in which President Buhari said he would ask for briefings, and it would be looked into,” Adesina said in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show.

“Some people kept saying Agatu, Agatu, he has not spoken, and I asked myself, what else would he say after the statement that has been issued.

“We are used to the style of the last administration in which whenever anything happens, the president would go there. But do you know that before that last president left, that style had begun to backfire.

“They had begun to say, every day he would go there, he would go here, what comes out of it?”

When told that the president is disconnected from the people who may be in need of empathy, Adesina said: “It’s not true. It’s a perception, and those who have the perception, there’s nothing you’d do that will satisfy them.

“When anything happens and the presidency has spoken on it, anybody who wants to remain deaf to it, there’s then nothing that can be done.”

Speaking on visits to Boko Haram victims as done under former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Adesina said it does not have to be that way.

“It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways to kill a snake. Going there to visit is not the only way.

“In nine months, see the difference that has been made in the insurgency war. How many times did you see the president at the theatre of war…but see the difference that has been made. Results are what matter.”

Adesina also called on critics to stop criticizing Buhari likening “wailing wailers” to kids whose lollipop had been taken, calling on them to stop wailing and support the president in attaining enduring change.

“The wailing wailers, you’d see that I used that expression not quite a month or two into the life of the administration,” he said.

“Now, how will a new administration… and maybe whenever the president says something, you just start hearing noise, wah, wah, wah, wah, like a child whose lollipop has been taken away.

“They didn’t want to give an opportunity for the government, and that was why I said why are they wailing like wailers.

“Mr president has no other things he does than to serve Nigeria. What can the people do? The people can support him; the wailing wailers should stop wailing and rather begin to encourage.”


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