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Why Buhari won’t visit Agatu, Boko Haram victims -Adesina

President of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari
Amidst growing calls for the president to show empathy and visit the ravaged Agatu victims, the Presidency however has said that there was no need for President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the Benue State community ravaged by marauding Fulani herdsmen which left hundreds of people dead.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the president did not have to visit victims of the Boko Haram insurgency as was done by his predecessor in the past as such visits did not change anything, Nigerian Tribune reports.

Speaking in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on “The Osasu Show,” he posited that Buhari had already made a statement on the Agatu massacre and should therefore not be expected to talk every time because “he is not a talkative.”

Adesina said: “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.”

He continued: “Some people kept saying Agatu, Agatu, he has not spoken, and I asked myself, what else would he say after the statement that had been issued?

“We are used to the style of the last administration in which whenever anything happened, 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 came out of it?”

He rejected suggestions that Buhari did not show enough empathy with victims of violence, saying: “It’s not true. It’s a perception, and those who have the perception, there’s nothing you would do that will satisfy them.

“When anything happens and the presidency has spoken on it, anybody who wants to remain deaf to it, there is nothing that can be done.”

On the regular visits made by former President Goodluck Jonathan to such terror victims, Adesina said Buhari does not have to emulate his predecessor.

He added: “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 had been made in the insurgency war. How many times did you see the president at the theatre of war…but see the difference that had been made. Results are what matter.”

The presidential spokesman advised those he referred to as “wailing wailers” who he said were opponents of the Buhari administration, to stop “wailing” and support government.


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