The Special Adviser to Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has broke silence that Nigerians are stubborn to know facts over Mr President’s administration.
“Mr President and his team are steadily and painstakingly retooling Nigeria but out of sheer and deliberate ignorance, some people deride it, saying we see nothing, we hear nothing. Yes. When you have become deliberately blind, you can see nothing, even when it is thrust before your very eyes. You won’t see it. When you have become willfully deaf when it is noised to your hearing daily, you won’t hear”, Femi blasted.
Femi disclosed these statements recently on his new article titled ‘Facts Are Stubborn Things’ revealed that next week, the Muhammadu Buhari administration would be exactly five years in office. Four full years of a first-term and one year accomplished in the second term of four years.
“In five years, President Buhari has touched Nigeria in diverse ways, despite the myriad of challenges; economic, security, political, social, and many more”, he stated.
Speaking on road construction, Femi revealed that in March, before COVID-19 pandemic caused national emergency and halted the project, Works and Housing Minister, that Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) visited is very impressive as here is the good news as far as the road is concerned in the country.
“As part of Phase 1 of the easing of lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus in the country, work is restarting on 53 infrastructure projects in 26 states, across the country. Despite the crash in revenue due to the collapse of oil prices in the international market, 11 contractors have been mobilized back to site in 26 states. And the Owerri Interchange is one of the scenes of action.
“Also, Ibadan Expressway is 61% completed. Abuja/Kano is bursting forth. Enugu/Port Harcourt. And many others. In fact, there is a federal road project ongoing in almost every state in the country”, he disclosed.
Femi in his article narrated his recent experience on his trip to Anambra State.
“Number of times, I have written about a private journey I took to Onitsha, in Anambra State, last December. I was on the same flight with the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Highness Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe. When we landed at Asaba, and I had paid him royal courtesies, he asked me to give the thanks and appreciation of his people to President Buhari on the Second Niger Bridge, currently under construction. For many years, many administrations had made unfulfilled political promises on the project.
“As you drive on the Niger Bridge, just look to your right, and you will see the new bridge coming up,” the revered monarch had said. “Please tell President Buhari that we are very happy, and we thank him”, he explained.
Femi, however, said that yet some people will operate out of malice saying he is not our ethnic stock. Nor of our religion, language, political party. Why must Nigeria work under him? It won’t happen. We won’t see anything, nor hear anything as the country is even worse off than he met it five years ago.
In the report obtained by Daily News Nigeria, Femi spoke about other sectors that Agriculture will not stop getting better as Nigeria is on the edge of food self-sufficiency, includes, rice, beans, maize, millet and all grains as none were imported, unlike in the past.
“What if President Buhari had not invested in agriculture right from 2015? How would we have survived at a time like this? Where would we run to? We run to the sea, the sea would be boiling. We run to the bush, the bush would be burning. We run to the rocks, the rocks would be cracking. Where would we have run to?”, he rhetorically asked.
In regard to Corruption, Femi stated that justices are done and will continue, same with insecurity in different parts of the country and external reserves are growing at a time of economic crisis.
Femi further disclosed that in Phase 2 of the easing of the lockdown, many things will be improved.
“The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) will roll out 92 repair works across 24 states in the country. That will be different from the 53 projects in 26 states. Nigeria will be one huge construction site, at a time the economy is down, and revenue has shrunk considerably. That is the hallmark of a government out to serve the people, come rain or shine. Minister Fashola says the objective “is to get all those depending on daily living back to work, when the COVID-19 is finally contained.” he submitted.
In his last short, Femi Adeshina plainly said that many Nigerians won’t see what the Buhari government is doing as those that see, and hear, are full of appreciation.
“Truthfully, facts are stubborn things., truth is incontrovertible. Ignorance may deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is”, Femi laments.