The former Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister and the head of AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina has been dragged on twitter for defending the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd).
It should be recalled that few days ago, the British Minister for Africa had alleged that the former Head of State looted the CBN when he was the Head of State.
And early this morning, Mr. Adesina took to his twitter handle to defend Yakubu Gowon. In a tweet he made, he stated it clearly that General Yakubu Gowon is a man of grey honour, humility and integrity.
The full tweet could be seen below.
Shortly after making the tweet, a twitter user with the username @Donteewrites decided to drag Adesina for keeping silent when the issue surrounding the EndSARS was going on. The twitter user made it clear to him that he was silent in Lekki massacre, but now jumped out to defend Gowon. Stating it clearly that this is disgraceful. He ended by making it clear to him that they all are the same, irrespective of his bow tie.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Indeed they all are the same. They only show up when any of them is in difficulty or anytime he or she is attacked, but when it's a national issue, they all will keep calm. I remembered how the youths fought for him when he was going for his second term as the AfDB boss, but he decided not to speak when the youths needed him most. That's really sadIndeed they all are the same. They only show up when any of them is in difficulty or anytime he or she is attacked, but when it’s a national issue, they all will keep calm. I remembered how the youths fought for him when he was going for his second term as the AfDB boss, but he decided not to speak when the youths needed him most. That’s really sad
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has revealed details of who said what during a recent meeting his principal had with all living former presidents and heads of state.
The leaders and Buhari held the meeting on October 23, 2020 over the EndSARS protest crisis.
At that meeting were Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Goodluck Jonathan.
In an article he entitled ‘#EndSARS: Inside PMB’s parley with former heads of state’ and released on Friday, Adesina said the meeting was very touching and poignant.
“For about two weeks, the country had been suffused with unrest, later violence, precipitated by what began as legitimate protests against police brutality, code-named #EndSARS. In the words of the President, the protests were later ‘hijacked and misdirected’ by hidden hostile hands, who wanted to destabilise the country.
“Lives had been lost in scores, countless public and private properties burnt, there was murder and mayhem everywhere. So it was needful that all former leaders of the country meet to put heads together, and fashion pragmatic ways forward”, he wrote.
On who said what, Adesina explained that Gowon in his opening remarks thanked President Buhari for accepting to host the meeting and said that the protest which started peacefully was later taken over by “organized miscreants” in Lagos and other parts of the country.
“Peace and genuine protests by youths have been hijacked,” he quoted Gowon to have lamented, adding that he “wished the youths had stood down after their initial requests had been granted by the government.”
He said that Buhari in his remarks after Gowon’s opening remarks, gave the former leaders a comprehensive brief on all that had happened since the protests began, up to his address to the nation, which had come up only the previous night.
Adesina reinstated what he had earlier reported as what Obasanjo said during the meeting.
According to him, Obasanjo commended Buhari for his speech over the EndSARS protest.
You made points that I believe need to be commended. You said peaceful protests were part of democratic practice. You also indicated that the demands of the genuine protesters had been accepted, and you were working on implementation,” he quoted Obasanjo to have said.
He added that Obasanjo said the activities of hoodlums who hijacked the protests should be condemned, “as they took away the protests from those who initially planned them.”
On the job and economic situation in the country, Obasanjo said the interventions being made were good, but not far-reaching enough for a population of 200 million people.
“We need heavy local and international investments to make the impact we need to make. Our Foreign Direct Investment is inadequate. And we need to get better results in security, so that the investments can come,“ he submitted.
Adesina said, “When it was the turn of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) to speak, the President called out to him: ‘Ibro, it’s your turn.’ There was general laughter. That must have been how the President addressed his colleague as Comrade-at-arms in the military.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has blamed churches and mosques as well as some sections of the media for promoting messages of hate.
He added that the #EndSARS movement was a vehicle of hate messages.
The President’s spokesman said this in an article titled, ‘If Nigeria Dies, Hatred Killed Her’.
Adesina wrote, “The EndSARS campaign began as an agitation against police brutality, in which there was unanimity of purpose. And suddenly, it became a vehicle of hate. Against leadership, against national cohesion, an opportunity to settle political scores, and equally prepare for power grab in 2023. Hatred came into the mix.”
Several influential clerics including the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had openly expressed support for the #EndSARS protests even as the RCCG posted a video and stories of some of its youths that were victims of police harassment.
However, Adesina said many churches and mosques used the campaign to spread messages of hate and division.
The President’s spokesman added, “When things boil over in graphic demonstration of hatred, it is a culmination of negative sentiments and tendencies. They come in persistent negative postings on social media, which generate and stimulate hate.
“From hateful messages from the pulpit, as if that was the message of love Jesus Christ handed over to his followers. From unduly critical messages during jumat services. From radio and television programs, in which bile is spewed. From talk shows which become a harangue of government, newspaper articles and columns tailored to instigate and generate dissent, and the like.
“Eventually, all cumulate in hatred, which finds expression in genuine causes like the EndSARS campaign. When things boil over, they leave sorrow, tears and blood in their wake, as we have seen. And who suffers? The whole country. Who bleeds? Nigeria.”
Adesina said the agitation by youths against injustice and oppression suddenly took on a variegated nature.
He added that separatists came under the umbrella and began to advance their cause, working for the dismemberment of the country.
“Those beaten black and blue in the 2015 and 2019 elections also crept in, and asked for their pound of flesh, while also plotting for a return to power in 2023,” the President’s aide said.
Adesina expressed shock over the sudden turn of events which led to killings and the destruction of public property.
Taking another swipe at religious institutions, he wrote, “Hatred is evinced from many quarters for Nigeria, and for its government and people at any given time. It comes from churches, mosques, professional activists and agitators, interest groups, some elements in the media, so-called analysts who never see anything good, and so on and so forth.”
Adesina claimed that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), had discussed with him how he was impressed with the then Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, and the reforms he was implementing in the institution.
He, however, did not say why Buhari failed to extend the tenure of Arase despite his achievements.
The President’s spokesman added, “The President told me how much he had been impressed with Arase, and how he regretted that the man spent just about a year with him. He then told me of the police of his dreams, and how he wished he got someone who would translate the dream into reality.
“So, when the President said in a speech to the protesters last week that comprehensive police reform was coming, I knew what he had in mind. If only we would be patient and let him implement the five-point demand of the protesters, which he had accepted. But alas, the protest took another hue and nature, different from the original concept and focus. Hatred crept in, nurtured by all sorts of tendencies.”