The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina has declared that his principal can not lie to Nigerians.
Adesina stated that though it is common practice for many governments to lie to the people, the case of the Buhari administration is different.
He made the submission on Thursday evening via an opinion article titled ‘weighty matters about our country‘ which he released on his Facebook page.
The presidential media aide made the view known while reacting to the mixed reactions that greeted President Buhari’s independence day message to Nigerians on October 1.
He wrote in part: “My motive in this piece is to consider parts of the broadcast that look into our very essence, our raison-d-etre as a country, and how the ties that bind can be further strengthened. Okay, let’s go.
“Fellow Nigerians, the past 18 months have been some of the most difficult periods in the history of Nigeria. Since the civil war, I doubt whether we have seen a period of more heightened challenges than what we have witnessed in this period.”
“Factual. Straight as an arrow. Deadpan. Our President is not one to mince words, speak facetiously or tongue-in-cheek. He says it as it is.
“We have, indeed, passed through the most challenging of times in the past 18 months: security-wise, economically, socio-politically, and in many other ways. Life has descended into the Hobbesian state of nature; nasty, brutish and short. But God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. We are still here, standing, hoping, trusting. Better days will come, and are, indeed, coming. Challenges are meant to be surmounted. Accepting that they are real is the first practical step to combating them.
“The Buhari administration is not glossing over our issues, but is rather facing them squarely. And that is why #We Believe. Some governments lie to their people. No, not the Buhari government.”
Source: Naija News