The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gani Adams, faulted the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on his claims that life had improved under Buhari’s watch.
Adesina had during the 2nd annual lecture of Freedom Online in Lagos on Thursday, mentioned local rice sufficiency, Nigerian Stock Exchange, tax reforms and grassroots development as key achievements of the Buhari’s administration since 2015.
The presidential aid went on to say only those who chose to be willfully blind would not acknowledge the government’s achievements.
But delivering his speech, the Aare Ona Kakanfo said, while Adesina’s analysis was beautiful, it meant little to the common Nigerian.
He said, “You made a very good analysis, but by the time we check it, I know you are a very honest person and you are telling us the truth, but with this analysis, I think the grass-roots people should feel the government; they should feel the impact of government by all means.
“I am a regular traveller; I’ve travelled to about 46 countries and I know what is happening in the developed world and when you see most of their economic analysts, they won’t tell you what they are doing theoretically but you will see what is happening.”
He said, “When my brother, Mr Femi Adesina was making the analysis, it got to a point, I was so shocked because I know the background of my brother, Femi Adesina, as a brilliant journalist. When he was at The Sun Newspaper, you’d love to read his articles and for trying to package their government, I was not surprised.”
Adams said, “But I want you to pass this message to the President because I remember when President Goodluck Jonathan was in power, he said when they are in that Villa, it’s just like being in a prison or a cage; they don’t know what is happening at the grassroots.”
“But coming to this event, we need to pass this information that you can tell Mr President that Nigerians are suffering. Ebi n pa awon ara ilu (the people are hungry).”