By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Following statements credited to one-time Head of State and President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, that Nigeria was becoming more disunited and conflict prone under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency has expressed a contrary view.
Making the views of the Presidency known on Wednesday, while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated that despite the high regard Nigerians had for the Nobel Laureate, all he says should not be swallowed completely.
On Obasanjo’s comments, Mr. Adesina advised that any comment about the Buhari administration should be intensely scrutinized to ascertain whether they added value to discussions on how to move the country forward or not before being given serious thought.
Furthermore, Adesina stated that President Buhari inherited a “terribly” divided country, and has since assuming power in 2015 been working tirelessly to reunite all the contending groups.
In his words, “Nigeria had always been divided. Right from amalgamation in 1914, Nigeria has always been divided. Nigeria is an inconvenient amalgamation but we have worked at it and I tell you that there is no time in the history of this country that the country was not divided but then we had kept at it and we were trying to make it work.
“As of 2015, when President Buhari came, Nigeria was terribly, terribly divided; divided along religious lines, divided along ethnic lines; divided along language, divided hopelessly, terribly and that is the division that the President had been working at. But you see that a lot of people instead of letting harmony return to this country, thrive and luxuriate in widening the gulf. They play politics with everything.”
Recall that Soyinka and Obasanjo, had on separate instances suggested that Nigeria had become more disunited and unstable since President Buhari’s assumption of office, calling for steps to be immediately taken to check the country’s downward spiral towards anarchy.