By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- Former aide to Nigeria’s immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, Friday carpeted Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, who said Nigerians had no trust in the Jonathan administration.
Adesina had while reacting to to Jonathan’s vitriolic attack on incumbent administration’s decision to hike the pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) upon assumption of office, stated that the calm which greeted the increase two years ago is a function of the trust Nigerians have on President Buhari.
Adesina was said to have issued a statement saying that “When petrol went to N145 under President Buhari, Nigerians held their peace, unlike when they shut the country in 2012. The difference is trust. Simple!”
But in a statement on Friday, Omokri described Adesina’s statement as propaganda full of lies and deceit.
The failure of Nigerians to stage a protest in the opinion of Reno was largely a result of fear.
“First of all, it was not Nigerians that rose up against the Jonathan administration when that government increased the price of petrol on January 1, 2012. It was actually members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who sponsored the protests.
“Nigerians have not so soon forgotten how chieftains of the opposition party went to the Gani Fawehinmi freedom park, Ojota, Lagos, where they attracted crowds by inviting top musicians to perform and giving (sic) out free food and drinks.
“If anyone cares to Google the pictures of that event, they will see pictures of people who are currently on president Buhari’s media team directing protesters at that event, Reno wrote.
Justifying his position, the ex-Presidential aide noted that “On December 15, 2015, the Nigerian army, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s command, killed 347 unarmed Shi’ite men, women, children and infants and buried them in a mass grave as revealed by the panel of inquiry instituted by the Kaduna state government.
“The excuse given by the military for this massacre was that the Shi’ites had blocked a road during one of their procession and this allegedly affected a trip by the chief of army staff.
“After killing his followers and destroying their place of worship, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the spiritual leader of the Nigerian Shi’ite community, was illegally and unconstitutionally detained and has not been seen or heard of in public since December 15, 2015.
“So when the Buhari administration increased the pump price of petrol, Nigerians wisely reasoned that if the Buhari administration can kill 347 unarmed Shi’ite men, women, children and infants for blocking a road, it would be suicidal to give them an opportunity to do the same thing to them on a wider scale,” the statement continued.
He called on Adesina to “Spare us his propaganda and accept the truth that he is the mouthpiece of a murderous regime sustained by propaganda and surviving on corruption.”