Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, in an interview with This Day disclosed that his daughter almost cries each times she comes across some “misconceptions” about him on social media.
Femi Adesina who claimed his unalloyed allegiance to his principal keeps him going, said most of the things said about him on social media are untrue, “fabrications” and “twists”. Here are excerpts from the interview with Femi Adesina;
I am Not Arrogant
Cocky or arrogance is not part of my make-up. I wouldn’t think so. I’m not the one that can assess or judge myself but ‘cocky or arrogance’ is not part of my make up because I’m a Christian and a believer and arrogance is not part of a true Christian. But what I’ve noticed is that some people do not like people who can hold their own. When you can hold your own, they say its arrogance. I think it is just that I can hold my own. Anything that you come with, I can always defend because I am part of the administration and I have inside knowledge. So, if you come with something that is not true, I can always debunk it. If anybody sees that as being arrogant or cocky I can’t help it. But ‘cocky and arrogant’ I don’t think so. I am not.
You know the social media just revels in abusing people, and saying all sorts of rude and crude things. I remember my daughter who was in the university then and she called me and was almost crying and said ‘all these things I read on social media about you, this is not you.’ I then I told her ‘since you know that it is not me, then let your heart be at peace knowing that it is not your daddy it is a creation of the social media.’ What amuses me is that when I say something, they twist it and make it negative. When I see them, I laugh because they are idle. If not, they won’t waste time in twisting what I’ve said.
There are lonely days, but it’s a sacrifice worth the while
My family knows that I’m a busy person. By the time I came for this assignment, I had been married for 25 years. This year makes it 27 years I’ve been married, so my wife already knows my schedule as a reporter. Climbing the ladder in my profession, I was all over the country and world travelling. I’ve been a busy person. Even my wife knows it’s a continuation of what I was doing before, because by the time I came to work for Mr. President, my son was already a pilot. He flies with Arik Air and my daughter was in final year in the University, so I couldn’t move them to Abuja.
If they were younger I would have moved them, so the family stays in Lagos. So it’s dependent on me to go and see them once or twice in a month. It’s the first time we would have to live apart but for me, it is not too much of a sacrifice to make to serve my country. I would have wanted us to be together. There are lonely days and nights but it’s not too much of a sacrifice for the country. The family understands and my wife is a praying person. At times if I’m tired and can’t pray, I just relax because I know my wife is praying.
Intimidation can never come from Buhari, Femi Adesina said;
People who think intimidation can ever come from President Buhari over the coming Ekiti governorship election don’t know him. I remember in a private conversation with him one day, he said ‘if it is the only thing I would do for Nigeria, I would give a free and fair election in this country.’ Look at all the elections that held in states under him – Bayelsa and Anambra, APC lost. APC won Kogi and Ondo. So when you win, win fair and square and when you lose, lose gallantly. He doesn’t interfere with INEC or the other agencies like EFCC, ICPC in anyway. I’m sure if you ask the INEC chairman, he would tell you the President has never picked a call to tell him do this.