Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has accused the “ignorant and mischievous” of “deliberate twisting of information” of the discussion Buhari had with the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim.
There have been a public uproar in Nigeria when it emerged that Buhari had asked Kim to focus the bank’s projects in the north.
In a statement on Friday, Adesina said: “Those who specialize in a deliberate twisting of information have wailed and raged endlessly on the news item credited to the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, who disclosed in Washington DC, United States of America, that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested a concentration of the Bank’s intervention efforts in the northern part of Nigeria, particularly in the North-east.
“The ignorant and mischievous people, who twist everything for their vile purposes, are making it seem that it was a calculated attempt to give the North an unfair advantage over other parts of Nigeria.”
According to him, “President Buhari, right from his first week in office in June, 2015, had reached out to the G-7 in Germany that Nigeria needed help to rebuild the North-east, which had been terribly devastated by insurgency.”
The presidential aide said Buhari has a pan-Nigerian mandate, and he will discharge his duties and responsibilities in like manner, stressing that “any part of the country that requires special attention would receive it, irrespective of primordial affinities, which narrow minded people have not been able to live above. This President will always work in the best interest of all parts of the country at all times. Let ethnic warriors sheathe their swords.”