Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, was a guest on Channels TV yesterday where he was asked why President Buhari has not gone to Benue state to commisserate with the government and people of the state over the recent herdsmen attack in the state. In his response, Adesina said President Buhari will visit Benue state and other states that have now become theaters of killings. He said
”It is a very sad development in our country. The President himself has expressed his sadness about it. You would recall that right on the day the incident happened, he caused a statement to be issued from the office of the special adviser on media and publicity that the development was condemnable, that the security agents must move in immediately and put it in each. He has sent in the IG of police, Minister of Interior and others. In terms of visiting, the president will visit not just Benue. Recall that killings are taking place in Taraba, Rivers, Kaduna. The president will also visit most of these theaters of killings”.
Reacting to claims by some Nigerians that the presidency has been slow to action in the herdsmen attacks, Adesina said ”If killings happen on January 1st and the President reacted on January 1st, I don’t see anything wrong in that. If you call it sluggish, it will just be your opinion and they have a right to their opinion. On the day it happened, he directed security agencies on what to do”
On Oby Ezekwesili’s Red card campaign for Nigerians to boot PDP and APC out of government in 2019, Adesina said ”In a country of 180 million, there is no way you will not have dissatisfaction from some areas but every news of dissatisfaction that comes to the President, he looks into and if anybody is waving a red card, if the Nigerian Referees Association have recognised her as a referee, then she can wave the red card”.