Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yoruba land, on Thursday took on the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, claiming that life had improved under Buhari’s watch.
This took place during the event of the annual lecture of Freedom Online, which took place in Ikeja.
Adesina during his speech, had reeled out statistics on the achievements of the President’s administration since 2015.
Adesina said only those who chose to be willfully blind would not acknowledge the government’s achievements.
He said: “Before we export, it means that, to a large extent, we have satisfied domestic demand. How about the stock market in 2017? The Nigerian stock market ended as one of the best performing in the world.
“If you choose to be wilfully blind, even if they put something in your face you won’t be able to see it.”
In response to this, Chief Gani Adams said: “You made a very good analysis, but by the time we check it, I know you are a very honest person and you are telling us the truth, but with this analysis, I think the grass-roots people should feel the government; they should feel the impact of government by all means.
“I am a regular traveller; I’ve travelled to about 46 countries and I know what is happening in the developed world and when you see most of their economic analysts, they won’t tell you what they are doing theoretically but you will see what is happening.”
He, therefore, called on Adesina to go back to Abuja and tell the President that the people were hungry.
He said, “When my brother, Mr Femi Adesina was making the analysis, it got to a point, I was so shocked because I know the background of my brother, Femi Adesina, as a brilliant journalist. When he was at The Sun Newspaper, you’d love to read his articles and for trying to package their government, I was not surprised.”
Turning to Adesina, Gani Adams said: “But I want you to pass this message to the President because I remember when President Goodluck Jonathan was in power, he said when they are in that Villa, it’s just like being in a prison or a cage; they don’t know what is happening at the grass roots. But coming to this event, we need to pass this information that you can tell Mr President that Nigerians are suffering. Ebi n pa awon ara ilu (the people are hungry).”