Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has reacted to Atiku Abubakar’s description of Buhari as “power-drunk and “uncompromising.”
Atiku had accused Buhari of steering hostilities in the nation because he will not leave without a fight, in a situation he loses the election.
Adesina asked Atiku to approach matters in a couth manner, referring to Osinbajo’s presentation in their revolution debate as a way statesmen conduct themselves.
Adesina said; “Rather than use the name of President Buhari to buoy his bid to get the presidential ticket of a party, whose flag has been flying at half-mast since it got roundly trounced at the polls in 2015, the former Vice President needs be told that the President is truly uncompromising, but only when it comes to looting the common patrimony of Nigerians, and squandering their riches,” Adesina said in a statement.
“Yes, President Buhari is single-minded in effecting change in every area of Nigerian life. So, Alhaji Abubakar is right, if that was what he meant by the President being uncompromising. But power drunk? No! And being a man ‘who will not be ready to leave power without a fight?’ Never!
“It is some political leaders we must beseech to eschew pugnacity and mind their language.”
Adesina also said the president has shown he is a proven democrat, “though also a retired military general (which) he has no apologies for.”
“In many ways, President Buhari has wielded power with decency, and as a means of serving the people, rather than for personal ends. If there’s one person not intoxicated by power, it is President Buhari, and scores of millions of Nigerians know this,” he added.
“That is why they will invest him with power again next year, knowing that he won’t misuse or misapply what has been entrusted to him.”
He asked Abubakar to take a cue from the decorous language employed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo” when the two debated over restructuring.
“That is the hallmark of statesmen, and not crying wolf where none exists, which is what the allegation of being uncompromising and power drunk truly is,” he said.
“Let the former Vice President be rest assured that there will be no ‘fight’ over power in Nigeria. Not under President Buhari’s watch. The people don’t want a fight.”