Mr Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media and publicity adviser has incurred the wrath of Nigerians for suggesting to them that they should hold vandals responsible for the energy crisis the nation is facing.
Adesina spoke in an interview on Channels TV and explained how Nigeria lost thousands of megawatts via the sabotage of vandals, resulting in the power shortage nIgerians now face.
And in a bid to stave off blame from the government he said: “If you are crying that you are in darkness, go and fight vandals.”
The comment has not resonated well with Nigerians, who have drawn similarity between it and Minister of Petroleum Ibe Kachikwu’s ” I was not trained as a magician”. Kachikwu spoke last week when confronted with the lingering fuel scarcity, which he said may not be solved until May. Kachikwu had some days earlier said the scarcity would disappear in 48 hours.
Adesina tried to rationalise unprecedented power outage, since Minister Raji Fashola increased the power tariff, astronomically.
Within hours of his comment, Femi Adesina became the hottest topic on twitter, with some sympathetic posts saying he was brutal with truth.
Here are some of the Tweets about his Channels TV statement:
Hmm Femi Adesina. Politics & religion dont mix. Politics is full of lies. You cant say you are a saint & you in politics. No correlation.
— Stephen♔Toluhi (@_S_O_T_) March 29, 2016
So PMB planted crazy entertainers like Femi Adesina, GarbaShehu, Lai Mohammed, Dabirietcto run Nigeria with their wagging mouth. Sickenin
— James Joseph (@iamJimmyGentle) March 29, 2016
Dear Femi Adesinashould we also blame pipeline vandals for this?? Just asking pic.twitter.com/Oq8LL8lxe9
— TOBILITY (@iamtobility) March 29, 2016
— PREMIUM TWEEP (@XANTAPLUS) March 29, 2016
Femi Adesinahas confirmed my hypothesis datold age doesn’t necessarily give wisdom…..#stateofmynation
— CONQUEROR (@vectorvelocy) March 29, 2016
Whatever they give ’em to drink & smoke in SambisaHouse, the dosage 4 Femi Adesina& GarbaShehushould be reduced. pic.twitter.com/y9PfLFFiqb
— NIGERIA ⚡ (@AgorasBlog) March 28, 2016
Femi Adesina’s position might as well be cancelled totally and I would feel better about not having to listen to poop.
— Miss DEE #SGIT (@AVARIBERRY) March 28, 2016