2023: Why Buhari did not deal with Wike and Fayose – Presidential aide, Femi Adesina


Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari did not ‘deal with’ Former Ekiti governor, Ayodele Fayose and Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.

Adesina made the comment while reacting to Wike’s recent invitation to President Buhari to visit Rivers State. The governor sent the invitation to the President via a newspaper advert, also thanking the president for a recent disbursement of N78.9 billion as reimbursement for the amount spent on executing some federal road projects in Rivers.

“Some people say it is N78.9 billion that is working, and the Governor is clearly inebriated by that windfall. But I don’t think so. Rivers is by no means a poor state. The amount is handsome, no doubt, but the state is oil-rich and can hold her own when it comes to finances. I rather choose to believe that Governor Wike had been playing a curious kind of politics all along, and now, fairness and justice have touched him in a positive way.”

The presidential spokesman said Buhari chose to be mature in his reactions to the “combative, truculent, if not at times insulting” remarks by both Wike and Fayose.

“The Wike we knew was either usually crying wolf where there was none, alleging that the Federal Government wanted to kill him, or claiming that he was not answerable to the central government at Abuja in any way, or even pontificating that the President and his political party, the All Progressives Congress, had failed the country in diverse ways,” he said.

“If not for the maturity, and the avuncular attitude of President Buhari to all state governors, it would have been easy for one to conclude that he and Wike were enemies. Forsworn ones.

“There was also the then Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, who had formed a tag team with Wike in the anti-Buhari tendency. The President could have dealt with them in many ways, either overtly or covertly, but he let them be. He was a father ready to tolerate his many children, irrespective of their differing idiosyncrasies, propensities and predilections.” he said.

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  1. Politics, as a sage once put it, is an act of selfless service to his fellow men. Buhari has demonstrated high level of maturity which the office of the President demands. All is well put by the writer of the article, Adesina. Kudos to the President in this regard. As from now henceforth Wike should mind his utterances which are detrimental to democracy and national development.

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