Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Thursday said some state governors have made it a habit to antagonise President Muhammadu Buhari so as to divert the attention of the people from their failures.
Adesina who stated this in his weekly article titled ‘Zulum Zooms In’, also said some governors abused the president in the day but come to visit him in Aso Villa under the cover of darkness but yet, he still opens his doors to them.
While lauding the president and Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum on the successes recorded in the war against insurgency, Adesina said “Some Governors think they can be heroes antagonizing the President. If they owe salaries and pensions, once the month is ending, they begin to abuse the President, thinking their people would forget the outstanding salaries and pensions”.
” When they have not built a single kilometer of road, it is Buhari. When infrastructure has decayed under them, it is Buhari. When they can’t secure the lives and property of the people they govern, it is Buhari. They play to the gallery, thinking they will receive applause from their people. No, the only sound the people hear is the rumbling from their bellies, due to hunger. And they know where their problems come from”.
“A couple of weeks earlier, the media had been awash with stories of two local governments being under Boko Haram occupation, credited to the Governor, making it seem contrary to the position of the President that no Nigerian territory is now in the hands of terrorists. What’s the truth?”
“The two local governments are not under Boko Haram occupation. It is just that the people don’t feel safe enough to return home. Boko Haram is not in charge of the places. The military actually occupies the local governments, not insurgents. Just that the people don’t feel confident enough to return yet.”
“Explanation made. But it didn’t hug the headlines as the earlier erroneous story had done. Typical of us media people. Bad news sells more”.
“Is the job done in terms of security? Not yet, the Governor tells you matter-of-factly. “There are still security challenges, but milestones have been achieved because of collaboration between the Federal Government and Borno State, the Armed Forces, Police, DSS, and other security agencies. Bomb attacks have been reduced by almost 90%. Over 5,000 physical infrastructure have been built by the Federal and State governments.”
“Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). That is a scourge the Governor warned the country about. He said the way they were proliferating, with seemingly boundless resources available to them, they might be worse than Boko Haram if care was not taken. Early warning. And I’m sure the right people in government have heard, and are doing something about it”.
“Governor Zulum is sure doing great things in Borno State, in terms of human and infrastructural development. A 25 years development plan and 10 years strategic transformation initiatives have been formulated”.
“Our vision is a secured, competitive agri-business and commercial hub anchored on prosperous, dignified people and sustained development. In 10 years, we plan to have a self-reliant Borno with over 70% productive population.”
“About 9,500 resettlement houses have been built for displaced people. Twenty new schools were constructed, and 39 existing ones were completely rehabilitated, 432 classrooms and 242 wash facilities were constructed in 48 schools, 37 new primary healthcare centers in 17 local government areas, 676 medical workers recruited from 2019 till date, 24 new roads constructed, including Borno’s first flyover, which President Buhari commissioned last December, 779 new boreholes drilled, 545 existing ones rehabilitated, 30,000 hectares of farmlands cultivated in resettled communities, 18 communities resettled with livelihood support”.