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Nigerians react as Femi Adesina defends Buhari, likens the country’s challenges to Man City’s woes

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has propounded a rather curious theory on the present Nigerian situation.

The former journalist and Obafemi Awolowo University graduate compares the present situation of Nigeria to the buildup of Manchester City winning the 2020/21 English Premier League.

Adesina, apparently a football fan, revealed that just as premier league clubs challenged Manchester City at the beginning of the season, due to the wonderful performance of the team last season, some people are focused on setting themselves against Buhari.

He stated that despite the oppositions Manchester City has been facing they have lifted the premier league trophy five times in 10 years.

According to him, peace and security would be restored and the economy of Nigeria would be revived, just like Pep Guardiola’s City saw glory in the end.

He wrote:

“Recall what happened in the 2019/2020 season. Man City was eyeing a treble. Three back-to-back seasons as champions, and a record in English football. But the adversaries knew the record that was to be set, so they arrayed themselves against the team. Just as some forces knew the record that was to be achieved by Muhammadu Buhari as Nigerian President, and which he had begun to show since 2015 when he got into office, and they positioned themselves against the government.

“Every team, big or small, strong or weak, set its sights on Man City last season, flexed muscles, summoned superhuman skills and strength whenever they were meeting the champions attempting a treble.

“The lesson? When you are high-flying, the centrifugal forces will come against you, and it would only take the grace of God for you to attain.

Yoruba people call those forces Aiye. When Aiye is on your case, as it was against Man City, and it is against the Buhari government, you need God, and God alone. Aiye (meaning ‘the world,’ if freely translated) is the negative part of mankind. The pernicious, baleful, sly and scheming part of humanity. If Aiye gets on your matter, you need God and God alone.”

“Aiye was in full force against it. And the 2020/2021 season was initially not looking promising either. Eight weeks gone, the team was placed 13th on the table. It had lost 2-5 to Leicester City at home in Etihad Stadium, Tottenham drubbed it by two goals, played a draw with teams that couldn’t hold a candle to it in the past, and was generally forlorn and limp. Aiye was having a ball, laughing Man City to scorn. Aren’t they doing the same thing against the government in our country today, due to unrelenting security challenges, some of them possibly instigated by Aiye themselves?

“Victory came after victory, to the extent that the team was unbeaten in 21 consecutive games in the different competitions it was involved in. From the ashes, the Salamander had risen. Fire could not consume it, and today, Man City are champions, fifth time in 10 years.

“Who says Nigeria will not rise from its current travails? Who says Aiye will always win? Not where God is involved. And God is involved with Nigeria, our own dear native land. Under President Buhari, peace and security would be restored. The economy would rebound. Life would be abundant for the people, and Aiye would be left standing small, holding the rump of the flag of a country it thought had gone into oblivion.”


As brilliant as his analogy may sound to Adesina, it hasn’t gone down well with Nigerians, who wonder if the president could use better, more astute aides.

Writing on Twitter, @naijama said: “is that the kind of analogy a presidential spokesperson should make – comparison with a foreign football team in a foreign football league? Why is the President so poorly served by the two official spokespersons whom he picked?”

@Oserumei opined that Adesina is mere wasting his time trying to make this administration look good: “Supporting and defending Buhari’s Government after 6 wasted years will make the best PR firm in the world look stupid at this point. Femi is doing his best to make Buhari’s Government look good. Even if you put deodorant on a pig that is inside filth, the pig will still stink!

Another Twitter user, @AimThaMachine wondered how badly Nigerian has fallen since the days of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. He wrote: “there’s a lot of things the Goodluck Jonathan admin should be praised for walai. See watin person dey talk in the midst of high level insecurity? How on earth do you compare a football club to a country whose citizens are either murdered, Kidnapped or held hostage by the DSS?

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