The Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has advised Nigerians to be careful of those who ignorantly criticize the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on social media saying they are engaging in what he calls ‘Terrorism of the social media’. He assured Nigerians that the president has refused to be terrorized by them and is rather focused on delivering good governance and dividend s of democracy.
Opposition opinion has been rife and more so too on the social media with critics sparing no rod in criticizing the actions and inactions of the President and his government. But for the media Aide to the president, “opposition to the President is very good and indicative of the diverse opinions that people may have on a given issue. We have 198 million Nigerians, you do not expect all of us to view issues in the same way and move in the same direction all the time. But what matter is for the majority of that numbers to at least cooperate with government and I can assure you that the majority of the numbers are with the president.’
‘Those who on social media lampooning the president are the vocal minority, when they make those noise, you think 120 million people are making it but they may not be more than 10,000. What they do is what is called the terrorism of the social media. But this government has refused to be terrorized.’
Reacting to the opinion in some quarters that the acting president does not have the power to fire the Director General of the Department of Secret Service, the President’s media aid noted that those who are expressing the opinion are doing so in ignorance and that the acting president has been vested with the full power of the President. According to him, ‘when power is transferred everything about that powers is also invested in the person the power is transferred to such that the acting president has all the powers of the substantive president.’ As such, the acting president cannot be said to be acting outside of his powers.
On the current security situation in the country, Femi Adesina, noted that the president has performed creditably well in tacking the security challenges. As the chief security officer of the country. The President has all available intelligence reports on the security situation in the country. He does well to assess them properly and painstakingly before taking a decision, which is why some persons think that the president is being slow in taking decision. He rather takes his time to assess the situation so as not to be seen as too rash and unjust.
He further stressed the need for the populace to embrace one another in peace irrespective of the tribe and ethnic affiliation, noting that if the people are not determined to stay together, there is no government that can keep them together. There is no way government would enforce security. Thus the people themselves have a role to play in ensuring that the country is secure. The constitution states that security of the lives and property is the responsibility of government but it is made easier for the government when the people themselves are willing to live together. When people see their brother as strangers and enemies saying; ‘this is my land, you cannot stay here’ then you are contributing to the insecurity of the country.
He noted that despite the challenges, the President still retains the goodwill of the majority of Nigerians and expressed confidence that the president will win the 2019 election. He stressed that the recent victories recorded by the All Progressives Congress in Governorship and National Assembly elections also lend voice to the popularity of the President and the party among the people.
According to him, many Nigerians are already contributing to the re-election bid of the President in cash and in kind, a gesture which underlines the trust and confidence that the majority of Nigerians have reposed in the president.
Nevertheless, he noted that the president will not rest on his oars but will continue to work hard for the growth and development of the country.
Report by Adefarati Abiodun and Victor Alagogooko for IbadanCity ANNOUNCER