Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, has indicated that prior to winning the 2015 presidential elections, President Buhari, Chief John Oyegun, and other bingwigs in the All Progressives Congress (APC) had underrated Nigeria’s problems.
While suggesting that the administration of ex-Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, was faced with certain inevitable challenges, Adesina said, “We all must agree that the enormity of the problem was underestimated.”
The presidential spokesperson said, “John Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that; Segun Oni, former governor of Ekiti state, has said that, too.”
Adesina released the bombshell when he served as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Seriously Speaking’ with Adesuwa Onyenokwe.
Speaking further, Adesina said: “Whoever thought that Nigeria had been run into a hole like we have now seen? There was façade that made you feel that everything was okay with the country, but the country was in a hole. As of November 2014, the average income of Nigeria for a month was $3.2 billion. By June, July 2015, it dropped to $500 million.
“You couldn’t have foreseen that because nobody knew that the crash of oil price would have such effect and when the crash came, the next thing was to say: ‘Where are the savings?’ But we looked and found nothing. So, it was real trouble.
“This administration is not the type that will manipulate, that will twist issues, whatever you hear us say, just take it that we mean it. The good thing about the president is his integrity. He also means well.
“If you have your doubts about the captain of a ship and you run into a storm, you begin to panic. But if you know that this captain is tested, he is seasoned, and he will not abandon the ship, then you will stay with him.
“I will like to tell Nigerians that the captain of our ship, the president is someone who knows where he is going. He knows where he is steering the ship to. It may be tempestuous for now, we will get to a safe harbour.”