President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, has said that if Jesus was accused it’s not surprising to him that he is being criticised and accused.
Adesina speaking on ‘Seriously Speaking’, a programme on Channels Television with Adesuwa Onyenokwe on Monday
“We all must agree that the enormity of the problem was underestimated. John Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that; Segun Oni, former governor of Ekiti state, has said that, too,” he said.
“Whoever thought that Nigeria had been run into a hole like we have now seen! There was façade that made you feel that everything was okay with the country, but the country was in a hole. As of November 2014, the average income of Nigeria for a month was $3.2 billion. By June, July 2015, it dropped to $500
“You couldn’t have foreseen that because nobody knew that the crash of oil price would have such effect and when the crash came, the next thing was to say: ‘Where are the savings?’ But we looked and found nothing. So, it was real trouble.
“This administration is not the type that will manipulate, that will twist issues, whatever you hear us say, just take it that we mean it. The good thing about the president is his integrity. He also means well.
“If you have your doubts about the captain of a ship and you run into a storm, you begin to panic. But if you know that this captain is tested, he is seasoned, and he will not abandon the ship, then you will stay with him.
“I will like to tell Nigerians that the captain of our ship, the president is someone who knows where he is going. He knows where he is steering the ship to. It may be tempestuous for now, we will get to a safe harbour.”
Asked isn’t Buhari too old and if his brain is shape enough as it should be at 73?
Adesina agreed that at 73 one is not a young man but that Tunisia last year elected an 88 year old man to rule them as long as a man is sound mentally, physically spiritually he cam=n be president and the Nigerian constitution does not prescribe an upper limit.
On Buhari’s health Adesina said ‘He is healthy I can guarantee if he was not healthy he will not be able to do the Job
Some Nigerians can be very suspicious and some people impute motives into anything we do
His wife he married her as a school certificate holder, she got a first degree a masters she opened a Spa did business if he was a man who want to consign her to any of those three rooms she wouldn’t do those things. She wouldn’t go to school
He went further to say that ‘You need to see his daughters they are a delight and very well educated.
He said they the government of Mr Buhari does not respond to everything that is said against them because if they do they will be termed propagandist.
People are with this president that is why people voted for him.
Adesua tried to convince Adesina that people are regretting that they voted for President Buhari but he (Adesina) asked how many of them
Adesina said ‘When you say people are regretting be scientific, what percentage? 15 million people voted for him unless you show me scientific evidence that of the 15 million people this is the number that has changed it mind. Let be scientific people are with President Buhari. You will not believe it people are with him
“Well, even Jesus was accused. They even said he had a demon. So, if they say that about the son of God, it’s not surprising to me. Don’t they say that to the president? People will accuse people, but in my heart of hearts, I know that I am giving this assignment the best, and I will still continue to give my best to it.
“My job is to project the president, inform Nigerians on whatever he is doing, educate them, and then amplify what he has done, and when it comes to defending him, I also defend him.
“When you are a spokesman, you need to understand the person you speak for. You don’t go ahead of him, you either stay with him or come behind him. If you go ahead of him, you are a wrong person. So, I understand my principal, I know the things he wants me to react to, I know how he wants me to react to them, and that’s what I do.”