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Opinion: Five Years of PMB: We’re Glad He Came Our Way, By Femi Adesina

5/29/2020 1:05:00 PM

Opinion: Five Years of PMB: We’re Glad He Came Our Way, By Femi Adesina

Who are the ‘we?’ Speak for yourself only, some cynics would say on merely seeing the headline of this piece. They would add: “You can talk because you are in government, earning ‘fat’ salary and enjoying other perks of office, so why won’t you be glad?” Okay. So that there’ll […]

Who are the ‘we?’ Speak for yourself only, some cynics would say on merely seeing the headline of this piece.They would add: “You can talk because you are in government, earning ‘fat’ salary and enjoying other perks of office, so why won’t you be glad?”

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Okay. So that there’ll be peace, I agree that I enjoy all the things you claim, and more. But is that any reason for anyone to carry anger around in his bosom? What then happened to goodwill towards all men, and malice to none?But we are not talking about skeptics who conjure all sorts of improbabilities today. We are talking of millions of Nigerians who believe in our President, Muhammadu Buhari, and who are glad he came our way, as the administration he leads clocks five years today.

Millions? Yes, very many millions, a multitude that no man can number. No wonder the margin of his victory keeps multiplying at every election. In 2015, he scored 15, 424, 921 votes, defeating the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, with 2, 571, 759 votes.In 2019, the Atikulators came in a hard way. But the harder they came, the harder they fell. Buhari chalked 15, 191, 847 million votes, winning with a margin of 3, 928, 869, much higher than that of 2015. Thank you, good Nigerians.

Can anybody, no matter how he or she feels, wish away those millions and millions of voters? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Over the hills and the valleys, in clement and inclement weather, they trooped out to vote for the man they loved. And as he marks five years in office today, we are glad he came our way. ‘We?’ Yes, ‘we.’ We are in millions upon millions, even more than went out to vote, as there are many quiet disciples, who didn’t vote, or who didn’t even register to vote.

President Buhari completes the first year of a second four-year term today. And despite it all, in spite of all the challenges; insecurity, poor economy, deliberate sabotage, poor health at a time, evil wishes from some quarters, foul language, and all sorts, we are glad he is here.

When he rode triumphantly to power in 2015, the average Nigerian was tired of the state of the country. Massive looting of the treasury by the party in government, and no one was being called to order, because there was no moral will to do it. Terrible insecurity in the country, with at least 17 local governments already annexed in the North-east of the country by insurgents. They had planted flags of a funny type of caliphate, and were sitting in palaces of the emirs, who had shown clean pairs of heels. Do you blame them? Towns, cities, villages , mosques, churches, schools, motor parks had become killing fields, and the slaughter was simply horrifying. Yet, government was helpless. The economy was nosediving, indeed, primed for recession. Humongous amounts made from oil, which price rose as high as 143 dollars per barrel the previous year, had been stolen. No investment in infrastructure, agriculture, education, healthcare, nothing. Debts were even piling up, and government was borrowing to pay salaries.

There was no willingness to save, a key driver of the economy confessed later about that government. So, when Buhari came in, it was to meet a looted, badly vandalised treasury.We’re glad he came our way, I repeat again. Though it was no tea party, no picnic. Initially, it was like “The Journey of the Magi”, as described by the poet, T.S Eliot:

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A cold coming we had of it,Just the worst time of the yearFor a journey, and such a long journey,The ways deep and the weather sharp,The very dead of winter.President Buhari battled with insecurity. With the economy. With a badly polarized polity, divided along ethnic and religious lines. With a badly beaten and bruised political opposition, which was determined not to see any good in him. There was also the tiny but vociferous minority on social media, the wailing wailers, screaming all day as if pepper had been put in their sensitive parts. And then, health challenges. Just the worst time of the year for a journey, for such a long journey.

However, five years down the line, with recession knocking loudly on our economic doors again, for no fault of ours (the whole world stands in the throes of economic challenges, caused by a big malady with small name; COVID-19), we are still happy Buhari came. For despite it all, things are not the way they used to be. The descent into abyss has been checked, arrested, and things are looking up. Despite the looming Incubus of another recession, the government continues to work, fulfilling its obligations to the country.

In February, when it became apparent that the economy of the world would be in trouble, with Nigeria likely worse hit because of overt dependence on revenue from oil, the economic advisory team held a briefing with the President and his team. The auguries were not good, not at all.

Having taken it all in, and the likely survival measures to be taken enumerated, the President told the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning , Zainab Ahmed: “No matter what happens, salaries of workers must not fail, pensions must not fail, and funding of key infrastructure projects must not stop.”

I say it again. We’re glad this President came our way. In the height of global health and economic challenges, with revenues already abysmally low, government continues to do the needful. A directive has been given to fund the first phase of the Presidential Power Initiative, being done in collaboration with Siemens of Germany. Work on the Second Niger Bridge is not stalled, road projects are to restart as the economy reopens gradually, and salaries and pensions are being paid. Promise made, and promise being kept.

We need to count our blessings as a country, instead of dwelling on things that have not been done. No government accomplishes everything begging for attention in a country. We are now doing a lot more with a lot less income. Things we couldn’t do when oil prices stabilised at average of $100 per barrel for a long time, are now being accomplished. We’re glad this President came our way.

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For a bird’s eye view of things President Buhari has done for Nigeria, across different sectors in five years, please consult the Fact Sheet as released by the media office of the President. You will then have cause to be thankful, and not sit permanently on the complaint counter.

To appreciate President Buhari in this season of celebration, permit me to borrow from the exotic and inspired song Duduke, recently released by Simi.You know say everyday I dey pray for youOh, in my heart oh there’s a permanent place for you,That’s why my heart dey beat like duduke, du du ke

‘Cause na you I choose oh, ayanfe mi a yan feI sing for you and I be like duduke du du ke.President Muhamadu Buhari, we’re glad you came our way. The past is but a story told. The future will still be written in gold, by the grace of God.Femi Adesina is special adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity.

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When you post statements and see comments like this how do you sleep? This man is not mentally well I thank God for social media. I wonder how people like Femi Adesina will still be sleeping at night after going through the feedback from social media. I think we now have so many dead men living in pretense.

Pls, let be frank. Don't you think there is too much money in the presidency for truth to be told. Can't we decentralise? Like for real a group of people has quarantined Nigeria 🥴🥴🥴 Why you no go day Happy when you're smiling to bank every day 😂 So, Femi Adesina don release Simi's Duduke release for Buhari? LOL 😂😂😂 See loyalty.

He's talking about him and his family... Sinzu have bless them na... You no see him face? It is just shameful how men who rose to power on the back of integrity do not waste time to get soiled and immersed in the rot and dirt. Femi knows what he is doing. The job has taken over his person, so the worse it gets, the more evil the man becomes.

Femi has sold his conscience for money. Karma will visit him some day If u like don't go and settle ur scores with the prof, be here and be forming to impress. Ewu Gambia Morroco is working You are glad he came your way This man eeeh Animal kingdom Oga with all this daily killings , sir rember that noting last forever.

Why won't you? When you eat it his table. Sycophant everywhere How long do you think he will last after his tenure. Can’t you all see that this guy is already dead. He should keep deceiving himself and his generation. Dead administration. Brother femi. Small small now. Who is this Iguana please? This man must be stupid

His gladness is based on personal interest. I won't waste by data to read this! What do you all expect from a glorifying fool like Mr Adesina. This man Femi is an idiot. Na woman born this one so oo? 'we'? Speak for yourself oga This is an insult to all well meaning Nigerians. U already know u are for Satan, so making heaven no dey ur agenda. If say I be witch u for die this night. Nothing for save u. See as u fat miss

This man is completely insane Please not all of us. Say you are glad he came your way Las las ehh e no go better for all the people wey no wan make this country better! Posterity will judge you God!!! Is this man human? This is so sickening to read... Sometimes I am forced to feel FA is the worst govt official I've seen, but no, he's just one of the many bad eggs.

Yeah Mr Adesina, you can say that again, he sure has done you and your house good. But we can't say the same thing about him. May God have mercy on you You are free to think that way. Definitely, you’re glad because you’re a picture of fools who chase rat while their home burn . If one plucks [fruit] with the intention of filling his bag, he falls to his death at the base of the tree.

Oga why do you perfume evil every time you speak FemAdesina is glad buhari came his way. That should be the headline Mr Femi Adesina may God forgive you and your family with this ridiculous statement FemAdesina you have started again today by this your rubbish statement The promises and the level of work done, the three is suppose to be down in three years, we are waiting....................

This need prayers? You can say that again. He saved us from becoming like Venezuela. FemAdesina will be remembered by his children, children children & his entire generations as a moronic imbecile that threw away caution to the wind bcos of crumbs from d master's table. Madness is worrying all you. Ati Femi o ati Buhari o ati Premium Times pelu! Radarada

FemAdesina Our presidential spokesman has gone mad again 😭 Nigeria moves closer to becoming a failed state! Adesina is a LOST CAUSE! Buhari's 5th Year Anniversary of Sorrows, tears and blood. An unraveling calamity! Of course, he gave you a job. There is nothing money cannot do oooo...So please allow him, let him be. You should respect his opinion

Nonsense talk Uncle way Mumu! You're having a laugh Femi in the midst of savage corruption nepotism lopsided appointment economic incompetence kidnapping robbery and political assassination fulani herdsmen attack on farming community and rape of women your boss list of achievements goes on...... I await your progress in your journalism career after 2023

I don't actually blame the man for saying this, there's always to sides to every coin. While one side benefits another weeps but on the general i think the man has been a collateral damage on the well being of this country. Congratulation for the five years anniversary may God continue helping this government amen,but pls help us talk the humanitarian minister too pay independent monitors before Hungary kill us pls & pls thanks.

You will say that because you are part of failure and these failure have enrich u. God minus the amount of bad years PMB ruined Nigeria from your life He should have said , “ I am glad he came my way” Useless talk You dont have conscience bros. Na wa ooo Sinzu the Borrower Your way, you mean This is sickening to read. What have they done to this man?! So sad.

May we not say today what we won't be proud of tomorrow You must do your work to get your monthly salary So sad he came our way Adesina Are You Surggesting That Nigeria Has Become Better Since 2015 Till Date, That Buhari Became President Of Nigeria Black People Are Born Hypocrites. Because you are enjoying what he gave you how I wish you will suffer just a day to know how it is like been ruled by him

I repeat, Broda Femi...You need to change your Weed Dealer' ASAP! YOU are glad he came YOUR way... FemAdesina Femi Adeshina we will save this tweet ND show it to you when you will turn your back on him .just the way oshimole did with iyamu .he called him all sorts of name but today iyamu is his saint .

Sure, continue smiling your way to the bank while it lasts... Gladys nii Read it for us! Sure last time I checked dollar to naira is now 450/1 Speak for yourself. You are glad he came your way. I wonder how Mr hadeshina will feel when he grows old and look back to all he has done and said... “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

Fat hypocrite

Five years of PMB: We're glad he came our way, by AdesinaWho are the ‘we?’ Speak for yourself only, some cynics would say on merely seeing the headline of this piece.They would add: “You can talk because... Who is we exactly? Adesina I am so happy for you! I totally agree it has been a wonderful 5 years for you and contrary to what you think, even those of us who haven't been beneficiaries are happy for the likes of you! Buhari has only succeeded in destroying Nigeria. Innocent blood has been spilled everywhere more than ever before. We are so heavily indebted under him so much we are not worth anything anymore as a country. Only devils would eulogies him.

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Five years of Buhari: A style and record all his ownMillions of Nigerians heralded his ascension to the presidency in 2015 as the coming of the Messiah. It was all due to his reputation as the iron fisted military ruler 30 years earlier, known for a… The gap teeth tho... Follow me I follow back This too would pass.. Just hang in there!!! 🖤 There is always light at the end of a tunnel... The Gap teeth and his nose tho... maybe is old age.

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