Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media, Publicity and spokesman to the Nigerian presidency, has stated that certain individuals are not giving President Muhammadu Buhari, the encouragement he needs in to protect Nigeria, resuscitate the economy, and combat insecurity. ayokinews.com reports
He criticized the Nigerian media of paying less attention to Buhari’s accomplishments, particularly those that border on victories in the fight against insecurity.
Adesina made his allegations in an article titled, “The tale that didn’t make the headlines”, which the presidential spokesman published on his official Facebook page on Thursday.
He said that rather than highlighting Buhari’s successes on critical issues, his interpreters choose to openly criticize him and look aside when he merits appreciation.
Adesina cited the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP) Global Terrorism Index 2022 report, which showed Nigeria had the second-largest drop in deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa, and highlighted that both the Nigerian media and Buhari’s critics neglected to give the accomplishments due coverage and acknowledgment.
“It is something that should hug the headlines, dominate the talk shows, go viral on social media, and be of interest to social commentators. But not a murmur, nor a whisper, as I said earlier.”
“As if in a conspiracy of silence, nobody talked about the report. The media didn’t report it, and those that did, superciliously tucked it away in a place where you would need to put on the torchlight before you would see it,” he said.
He added, “Now, just imagine that the same report had indicated that there was a spike in Boko Haram killings in Nigeria, with the carnage exceeding that of the previous year by 100 per cent. All hell would have broken loose. It would be lead headline in most publications.”
“Some television stations would scroll the story in their news bar round the clock, for many days. It would be the topic of discussion on morning and evening discussion programs. We would be almost deafened by the cacophony. So-called security experts and social activists would be invited, and they would be pontificating all day.”