By Emmanuel Adigwe
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has stated the nation would have long been forgotten had it been President Buhari did not take over power in 2015.
The presidential spokesperson, who also doubles as a Foursquare pastor, stated this in his weekly column, “From the inside”, where he argued that the president’s emergence saved Nigeria from descent.
Adesina wrote: “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.
“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.”
Reeling out the achievement of President Buhari, the spokesman stated: “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”.
He further cautioned Nigerians to “count our blessings as a country, instead of dwelling on things that have not been done,” insisting “no government accomplishes everything begging for attention in a country”.
He added that Nigeria is “doing a lot more with a lot less income. Things we couldn’t do when oil prices stabilised at average of 100 dollars per barrel for a long time, are now being accomplished. We’re glad this President came our way”.