Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has pummelled “ungrateful, unthankful” Nigerians, saying they rejoiced over the recent attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
Adesina made the claim in a piece entitled: ‘It’s Evil, Pure And Simple,’ published on his Friday weekly column – From Inside The Villa – on his Facebook page.
The sudden and surprise invasion of the highest military training institution in Nigeria led to the death of two officers on the campus – a naval and air officer respectively – while Major Stephen Datong, an army officer, was abducted.
The army officer was reportedly found dead hours after the bandits abducted him during the attack on Tuesday, although there has been no confirmation of this by the military.
Following the attack, there have been lots of news reports, analyses and commentaries on television, radio and social media across the country in reaction to the incident.
Commenting on the reactions, Adesina said many Nigerians have failed to appreciate the enormity of work being done by the Buhari administration to resolve the security situation.
According to the presidential spokesperson, “our country is filled with haters of government”, adding that watching, listening to and reading all the commentaries revealed how “all tended to paint a narrative of the humiliation of our military, the failure of government, and the fact that anarchy had been unleashed on the land”.
“Insecurity was one of the factors that led to change in leadership in the 2015 elections. Nigerians simply got rid of an inefficient, ineffective government, and voted in Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). The man had done it before, showing strength as a military leader, and he could do it again.
“And truly, Buhari took the battle to the insurgents, directing on Inauguration Day that the command centre of the Boko Haram war be moved to the Northeast, where the issue was domiciled. And since 2015, the man has not relented, recording series of successes, and some reversals, which are typical of all human endeavors.
“What should we have in a less hateful polity at such a time? Cooperation with government, encouragement of our military and security forces. But what did we get? Complaints. Grumblings. Wailings. They should have done it this way. They didn’t put this leg right. They should have faced that direction. And all sorts. What a people! What a country!” he wrote.
Adesina said the attack on the NDA happened at a time when the country was witnessing a reversal in fortune in the war against insurgency but lamented that political and social commentators “actually gloat, pretending to be concerned, while actually rejoicing that the house rat had urinated in the pot of soup. Miserable comforters!”
He also toed the line of Garba Shehu, his colleague at the presidential media office, by insisting that the attack “was deliberate, contrived, orchestrated, all to make government look bad, and pump discouragement into the military at a time they were poised to make a decisive end of the security challenges”.
“Strike at their jugular, and get the motley crowd wailing. The emergency analysts will come with false narratives, the opposition political parties and interest groups with negative mindsets will trumpet it, and make it seem as if the Heavens were falling. What a country! What a people! They value nothing, appreciate nothing. Except for those who understand,” he added.
Adesina, however, insisted that the Federal Government and the military will not be discouraged and challenged Nigerians to support efforts by the authority to keep the country safe.
He also had the last word for critics of the government: “Let those playing negative politics with security and human lives continue. The days of evildoers are numbered in this country.”
Successive Federal Governments have struggled to contain the wave of violence that has affected many parts of the country since 2010.
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