Femi Adesina, special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, says the president does not have to visit victims of Boko Haram onslaught or herdsmen massacre.
Speaking on Buhari’s failure to visit Agatu communities after the herdsmen massacre, Adesina in an interview transcribe and monitored by TheCable said the president already reacted to the massacre in a statement. He added that Buhari is not a talkative.
“A section of this country wants a talkative president and it doesn’t work that way. When the Agatu thing happened, we issued a statement – a statement in which President Buhari said he would ask for briefings, and it would be looked into,” Adesina said in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show.
“Some people kept saying Agatu, Agatu, he has not spoken, and I asked myself, what else would he say after the statement that has been issued.
“We are used to the style of the last administration in which whenever anything happens, the president would go there. But do you know that before that last president left, that style had begun to backfire.
“They had begun to say, every day he would go there, he would go here, what comes out of it?”
When told that the president is disconnected from the people who may be in need of empathy, Adesina said: “It’s not true. It’s a perception, and those who have the perception, there’s nothing you’d do that will satisfy them.
“When anything happens and the presidency has spoken on it, anybody who wants to remain deaf to it, there’s then nothing that can be done.”
Speaking on visits to Boko Haram victims as done under former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Adesina said it does not have to be that way.
“It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways to kill a snake. Going there to visit is not the only way.
“In nine months, see the difference that has been made in the insurgency war. How many times did you see the president at the theatre of war…but see the difference that has been made. Results are what matter.”