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Friday, August 21, 2020

All The Things You Hate About President Buhari's Administration...

Let me give the background to this piece. I was reading some comments on Twitter early in the week, when I ran into this one by one Dr Ben Gbenro: “Why are some people allergic to good news about Nigeria? You are angry about the test-run of Lagos-Ibadan rail, you are angry about the development in Onne Port, but will eagerly amplify any negative news even if it’s not true. Something is wrong with you and I am here to tell you.”

Of course, that comment generated responses, both positive and negative. But the one that caught my fancy specially was by Ayekooto, who declared: “We have got to a stage when GMB achievements can no longer be denied but hated. I hate trains. I hate bridges. I hate rice.”

Very profound. A lot of people can no longer deny the many achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly in the area of infrastructure, building a new Nigeria, and so, they have decided to hate it. Sad. Very sad.
Nobody can deny that there are very serious challenges in the country, particularly in the areas of security, the economy, and standard of living generally. But that is not all there is to Nigeria of today, and those challenges are being addressed very robustly. That hymn says “behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face. His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour.” We will surely see an end to the challenges, if we all work together, and eschew hate speeches.

Why then do some people choose to see and amplify only negative things? Why do they choose to remain willfully blind and deaf to positive things? And surrounded and confronted by salutary developments, they keep repeating; what has the Buhari administration achieved? Show us.

You tell them that just last weekend, there was a test run of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, with brand new coaches that will begin commercial operation before the end of the year.That is happening in a country where we were told we couldn’t afford new coaches when our oil was selling at over 100 dollars per barrel. Now, at about 40 dollars per barrel, we are launching new coaches. 

Instead of giving credit to a prudent government, they just say; I hate trains.
Okay, if you hate trains, what of brand new airports in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Enugu, and others in the works? There was a time we were said to parade the worst airports in the world. But not any longer. Buhari reversed it in his four years. What do they say about that? They look up, look down, scratch their heads, and say; I hate airports. I’ve never even boarded a plane in my life, and I don’t want to board. Will I ever enter a plane if I’d been killed by bandits?
Okay. You hate airports and planes. What of bridges being built over rivers in different parts of the country, most especially the Second River Niger Bridge, which the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) built with mouth for 16 years. You tell them that the bridge is almost 50% done, and should be completed in the first quarter of 2022. There’s also the Loko-Oweto Bridge, linking Benue and Nasarawa States. It was started by a previous administration, but almost completed now. Like a cornered rat, their eyes dart furtively from corner to corner, seeking a hole to enter. Finding none, they tell you deadpan: I hate bridges.

Okay. All those are physical structures. So they want stomach infrastructure. You then tell them of the rice revolution, which has freed us from being a net importer of the product in the world. You point out that if Buhari hadn’t put his money where his mouth was, and encouraged us to go back to the land, causing rice farmers to rise from six to 12 million, we would have been in serious trouble when COVID-19 struck. How would we have imported rice, with all international borders closed, and no foreign exchange to even place orders? They pat their tummies gingerly, belch after a hearty meal, and then declare: I hate rice.

A Cancer Centre has been built and commissioned by President Buhari at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). An ultra-modern diagnostic center also built and commissioned in Kano. And just this week, another diagnostic centre built at a cost of $5.5 million, was commissioned at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, in Abia State. What do they say of all these? “I hate hospitals. May I never need to use any diagnostic centre. It is not my portion.”
You join them to say amen, since you don’t have a hateful heart. And you remind them that the largest ever vessel in the country, Maerskline Stadelhorn, with a length of 300 meters and width of 48 meters, berthed few days ago at Onne Port, in Rivers State. That is the biggest ever container vessel to berth in any part of Nigeria. Onne people were delirious with joy, and praised the government to high heavens, because no vessel had come to their port for 12 years, till August last year, under Buhari. You tell the naysayers the positive economic implications, but they refuse to listen. They dive under water, shouting as they go: We hate container vessels.

You then take them to Yenagoa, in Bayelsa State. Just last week, the skyline of South-south and South-East was transformed, as President Buhari commissioned the tallest Federal Government structure in the region, the 17-story Nigerian Content Tower, Headquarters of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The architectural masterpiece occupies an area equivalent to four football fields, and has a 1,000 seater conference centre plus a 10 MW power plant. Started in late 2015, now completed, all under Buhari. Engineer Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of the agency paid tribute to the resolve, determination and encouragement of the President, that saw the structure to completion in record time. And Wabote, third E.S of NCDMB in its 10 years history, has written his name in gold. Just because he has a supportive President.

Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylvia, under whose tenure as Bayelsa State Governor the land was allocated for the project, declared: “The commissioning of this building is symbolic in many ways. It shows that Mr President is keen to see infrastructural development in every part of the country...It shows that skyscrapers and other laudable infrastructure can be built in the Niger Delta.”

But they say Buhari hasn’t achieved anything. You show them the 17-story building, and as they gaze skyward, their caps and headgear fall off. You pick the cap and headgear, dust and hand them back. And you ask, brothers and sisters, how now? Rather than admit defeat, they pull the caps and headgear over their eyes, and grumbled: We hate skyscrapers. They make us dizzy.

At that point, you pity them. You realize that they need prayers. They hate everything good. They hate anything uplifting. They hate development. They hate their country. They even hate themselves.

*Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity


  1. Replies
    1. Double Mtcheeeewww amplified to power 2000.

    2. Anything Adeshina has to say I dont pay any heed, that man is lost πŸ¦‹

    3. Triple Mtsheeeeeew. Work on the corrupt system Mr. President. Your countenance suggests so many things but what you promised when you were elected.

  2. Adesina with all due respect, please shut up.

    Yesterday my mom and I went to the market to buy a bag of rice, guess what? Nigerian foreign rice =26,000.

    Aren't we farming rice? Buhari said we should farm, we're farming so how come Nigerian rice is 26k? During Goodluck's time how much was a bag of rice?

    Please take note that the price would still increase during the festive period, so what are you talking about Adesina?
    Abeg your oga's gist plenty, I have important things to do.

    1. Ooh,na now you know sey rice is 26k? that's has been the price since April.
      I don't see the need of introducing Nigerian rice, still expensive.

  3. Mtcheeeeewwwwwwwww

  4. Well ,Adesina is doing the work for which he's being paid. The bad outweighs the good. The nepotism, tribalism, corruption, increased crime rates, unemployment, banditory, terrorism,hunger especially. How many House of Reps dey fight for N.Power job slots like the juicy Keyamo slots? when last have we heard about trader moni? The so called infrastructure is built on loan they will and can never repay till they leave office. Nigeria has been plunged into serious debt than before, these ones are just hiding under infrastructure to siphon funds. How much was Naira to Dollar rate before GMB administration and now? What's the inflation rate now compared to then? What's the unemployment rate then and now? Security situation across the country nko? You can't travel to Benin, Lokoja, Abuja, Yobe, Bornu, etc by road in peace like before. Respect for the Rule of Law nko?Na only this government dey disobey court orders like nothing dey happen.With these few points of mine,I hope I've been able to ….Let me keep quiet before Lie Mohammed go fine me 5 milla. Hehehehehe...

  5. Honestly, an educated populace is a liberated populace. Liberation from all cadres of bias;tribalism, ethnic-ism, racism, misogyny. No leader is perfect and criticism is allowed when he falls short. However, constant criticism is nothing but witchcraft.Yes,you are turning into a witch.

    1. Glaring incompetence with a slice of unfulfilled promises plus massive cluelessness

  6. The writer has since confirmed this 'there's always a price tag'!
    Shebi this was same columnist in the days of GEJ?
    Well shaa, he's bound to defend his principal and pay master.

    My Victory Dance loading πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

  7. Femi, go and sit somewhere.

  8. πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ˜£πŸ˜£πŸ˜£

  9. Nonsense write up. I don't blame Adeshina, he is doing the job he is paid to do. Who this administration epp?

  10. This is a great write up. I have observed that people are so quick to applaud when this govt makes mistakes. When there is a good development they pretend they don't see it. Buhari has done quite a bit. He bears the weight of all the other governments before him and the corrupt officials and papulace he has to deal with. Nigerians are hard to please very critical and have wickedness in their heart even while proclaiming religious it's. Thank you Mr President

  11. Femi is living his life. Abati and Okupe were GEJ's version of Lai Mohammed and Adesina. When the tenure was over, they went into obscurity. Both names are greeted with veers and treated as taboo in Nigeria. The same will apply to Femi and Lai. Nothing lasts forever

    1. The shortsightedness of ignorant humans makes them feel they are on top of the world and it will last forever!

  12. I guess it's only in Nigeria that the commissioning of a 17-storey building is reported as an achievement. It's just sad.

  13. Femi aragbachie gi nti. Hope you remember say after buhari's administration na we and you for this country wey buhari don destroy finish.

  14. A lot of the people commenting here have confirmed that the article is truthful; they don't even realize that they are confirming the writer's opinion by their very comments. You have every right to hate the person of Buhari, but you can't deny that a lot of infrastructure is being built. Criticize all you want (and it's your right to do so) but at least acknowledge that this government has done more with less resources.

    1. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½Thank you. Hate him all you want but has he or has he not completed these projects that were viewed as impossible?

    2. Less resources? Let’s not forget it’s his second term in office and his administration is failing at identifying how to prevent corruption (draining the country’s purse) especially in all federal government establishments.
      His administration hasn’t figured an alternate means of generating revenue for the country...

      Who is to blame for the less resources?
      We need to call a spade a spade.
      There is no country in the world where citizens celebrate few achievements when there are tons of problems.

      Citizens always spotlight the problems so that the government can take action which is exactly what Nigerians are doing.

  15. Mr. Adeshina, while you might want to applaud Buhari for few projects completed, the vast majority of Nigerians are saying your President should prioritize and expedite things that matter most to an average citizen. Job security, Food security, health care etc..

    There are several individuals starting up businesses that could reduce unemployment rate and bring added value to the economy but government policies( I mean the out of the blue ones with no prior notice from government to the public or affected industries) are killing them.

    I own a plantation and after many years of struggling to get the right equipment for cultivation, decide to manufacture from China. I registered for all necessary documents and had UBA handle all the payment to both manufacturer and Nigeria Customs months before arrival (not cutting corners) .
    Upon arrival, our shipment was not found in the Nigeria customs system because government has increased duties on some Agricultural equipments from 5% to 35% with no warning nor prior notice.
    The worse part is it took 3 weeks for the customs and UBA to figure the reason they couldn’t find our PAAR in the system, is because the duties changed.
    Just like that we are paying 30% more plus demurrage and all for the GOVT’s incompetence.

    How can this nation be better?
    Government does not provide fair alternatives and all its actions frustrates individuals who are struggling to add value to this nation.

    It’s a pity. This country seems cursed, otherwise, why can’t we get anything right?


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