Femi Adesina Appeals To Nigerians To Be Patient Over Buhari’s Absence.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has appealed to Nigerians to be more patient.

He said that the President will be back once he gets clearance from his doctors in the United Kingdom.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Adesina did not specify when the President would return, but added that “Only the President and his doctors know when he will be returning”.

On Tuesday, the President through a press statement said he needed more time to rest, before returning back to the country.

“President Buhari wishes to reassure Nigerians that there is no cause for worry.

“During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating that the President stays longer than originally planned.”

“Thanks to millions of Nigerians who have been sending good wishes and praying for his health and well-being in mosques and Churches throughout the country.

“The President is immensely grateful for the prayers, show of love and concern”.

The president left the country in January 2017, on an annual leave and a medical vacation which he wrote to the National Assembly of his intentions to extend.

On February 5, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the National Assembly informing them of his desire to extend his leave, in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“The President had planned to return to Abuja but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.

“The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.

“Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes,” Adesina stated.


Source: Channels TV

No definite time for Buhari’s return to Nigeria – Spokesperson

Despite increasing agitations over President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence since January 19, 2017, when he left the country on a medical vacation to the United Kingdom (UK), there is no definite answer from the presidency on when he is expected back

President Buhari was expected back on the February 6, 2017 after an initial 10-day medical vacation, but that was not to be.

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, had in a statement at the expiration of the 10 days confirmed ?that the President would be extending his stay in the UK to “complete the test circle before returning.”

Recall that President Buhari was expected to resume from his vacation on Monday, February 6, 2017.

However, he wrote to the National Assembly informing the parliament of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

With the Presidency failing to come up with a categorical statement on when President Buhari would return to the country, the development has continued to fuel agitations, with many Nigerians demanding hourly bulletin on President Buhari’s status, as was the case when former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was indisposed.

Femi Adesina: People want lies, but they won’t get it from me

Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says some people prefer to be lied to, but such persons will not “get it from this spokesman”.


In a tweet on Wednesday, Adesina said he had made an eternal commitment to speak the truth “no matter what”.


“Some folks would rather be lied to. But they won’t get it from this spokesman. An eternal commitment to the truth, no matter what.God rules,” he tweeted.



Lately, Adesina has been under fire over comments made on the health status of his principal, who is in the United Kingdom on a medical vacation.


On Tuesday, Adesina told Channels Television that he does not speak directly with Buhari, but that those around him have said “the president is fine”.


“I’m in touch with London daily, I’m not saying I speak with him direct, but I’m in touch with London daily, people around him we speak daily,” he had said.


He added that Buhari should be expected back in the country “sooner that people think”.


It came as a surprise to many that Buhari, who was expected to return to the country on Sunday, extended his vacation indefinitely.


Source: The Cable

President To Return Sooner Than Expected – Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari will return sooner than expected.

This is against the backdrop over the growing apprehension of the President’s health.

Mr. Adesina however called on Nigerians not to worry that the President will not only get well soon but will return to the country soon.

“In a communique to the National Assembly, the President did not disclose when he is coming back but the President may be coming back sooner than people think”.

Mr Adesina  made this known on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

Nationwide Protests

For two weeks Nigerians waited in anticipation for two nationwide protests, one in support of the government and the other against the government.

The pro-government and anti-government protesters converged at the unity fountain, Abuja. The anti-protesters are criticizing the government, saying that President Buhari has failed the citizens, on the other side at the same venue the pro-government protesters insisted that the Federal Government has fulfilled most of its campaign promises.

Mr Adesina said, “If Nigerians want to protest they can but the security agencies also have their responsibilities which includes making sure the law and order does not breakdown.

“So, while the citizens protest, the law enforcement agencies must also ensure that the law does not breakdown”.

Mr Adesina appealed for calm saying their protests have been heard loud and clear.

Fight Against Corruption

He further expressed concern on the fight against corruption, which was raised by the protesters, he lamented that corruption is a timeless and endless allegation in Nigeria.

“All subsequent government also have those allegations except those who didn’t fight corruption at all.

” The fact that those allegations are coming up, it should not surprise anybody.

“The government will not take us to where we were before, it was a false life, we were living a false life, we were running a false economy, everything about Nigeria was false.

“Rather, the government will build a new foundation which it is building now, so that the super structure that is built on the foundation will be enduring and that is what this government is doing” he added.


Source: Channels TV

AfDB introduces new model to allow faster disbursement.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has introduced a new Development and Business Delivery Model (DBDM) to improve performance, accountability and streamline processes for faster loan disbursement on the continent.

The bank announced this in the January edition of its newsletter issued by its Nigeria Country Office in Abuja on Tuesday.

The newsletter said the introduction of the DBDM would usher in significant structural and procedural changes in the bank.

It said that the Nigeria Country Office would now be known as the Nigeria Country Department (RDNG) with effect from Jan. 1.

The newsletter stated that Nigeria would be the only AfDB country office with departmental status.

It said that the Nigeria Country Department would be the largest single office of the AfDB overseeing a portfolio of 6.1 billion dollars and dealing with 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.

“The DBDM is designed to enable the bank to deliver on its development priorities, the high fives (5s) to light up and power Africa, feed Africa, industrialise Africa, integrate Africa and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.“

The bank said the DBDM would also move the bank closer to its clients and improve its work efficiency.


Source: NAN

FG committed to press freedom – Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has assured media practitioners of the Federal Government’s commitment to upholding press freedom.

Adeshina said this at the public presentation, on Tuesday, of the first two volumes of a book entitled, “Nigerian Media Leaders: Voices beyond the Newsroom,” written by Mr. Richard Ikiebe.

The event was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.

The presidential aide said the Federal Government was aware that it would not break much ground to develop the country if it did not work with the media.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari recognised the media as an ally and a critical partner in the quest to build a worthy Nigeria.

“Our president is set to champion the freedom of the press because he sees the institution as a vital building block for national development,” he said.

Adeshina said the media had always played critical roles at different epochs in the history of the country.

“The media will be more conciliatory, lending a critical hand as the government strives to build a new country devoid of official corruption,” he said.

Adeshina commended the author of the book, saying their presentation was a watershed at this point in the history of the country.


Femi Adesina, others sworn in

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has been sworn in today, 31st August, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari, a few weeks after his appointment was announced.


Others sworn in at the event included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal; and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.).

 Top government officials including the nation’s service chiefs, permanent secretaries, APC National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, among others were present at the swearing-in event held inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.