President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has come under heavy criticism over the content of a statement he released on Thursday.
Adesina had in the statement, said, “Don’t asphyxiate us, let us breathe. Remove your knees from the neck of Nigeria, and let the country be. What do we owe you, that you make it seem we must never have peace?
He underplayed the insecurity situation in the country saying, “These agent provocateurs were the first to sow the seed of evil, disharmony and suspicion in the country, through the war of tongues they have deployed against the government of the day for many years. In their estimation, nothing good is happening in the country, except killings and bloodshed. And the only way out, in their narrow minds, is a removal of the constitutional order.”
Adesina also likened the country to ‘the testicles of a ram, which gyrates from side to side, as the animal runs.’
See how Nigerians on twitter are reacting below:
The title of Femi Adesina's piece, "They should let us breathe", is telling.
If people in control of the country's political and security apparatuses are asking to be allowed to breathe, what's the fate of commoners like you and me?
Will we choke?
— 'Fisayo Soyombo (@fisayosoyombo) May 7, 2021
1. For gutter statements ~ Femi Adesina.
2. For threats & making emphatic political statements ~ Garba Shehu.
3. For bigotry & tribal remarks ~ Bashir Ahmad.
4. For Beer Parlour dance ~ Lauretta Onochie.
5. For gaslighting Nigerians ~ Tolu Ogunlesi.
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) May 7, 2021
The funniest and saddest part ehn, the likes of Garba Sheu, Femi Adesina and Tolu Ogunlesi will one day vie for a position in this country and Nigerians will still vote for them effortlessly!
— Ọláwálé 🇳🇬 (@walecoker65) May 7, 2021
Each of the govt's spokes persons have their area of specialization
Propaganda – Garba Shehu
Abusive language – Femi Adesina
Unadulterated lies – Lai Mohammed
Flimsy excuses – Bashir Ahmad
Beer parlour talk – Lauretta Onochie
— Uneku "Clark Kent" 20/10/20 (@UnekuE) April 30, 2021
I have refused to read the statement by femi Adesina, I will not allow my IQ drop
— THE ODE (@diaryofode) May 7, 2021