FLASH BACK: Ibrahim Gambari, a bootlicker – Femi Adesina


Records have shown that Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in 2008, condemned Ibrahim Gambari for his support of dictatorial governments.

Mr Gambari, who was recently appointed as the new Chief of Staff to President Buhari, has come under criticism for his role in bolstering the gag on press freedom. The diplomat served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985 under Mr Buhari who was a military head of state then.

Also, Mr Gambari worked for the late dictator, General Sani Abacha, whose regime saw to the victimisation of journalists and activists. One of the victims of the stifling of press freedom under Abacha was Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian journalist and environmental activist, who led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations of the multinational petroleum industries.

Mr Saro-Wiwa was hanged in 1995 by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha. However, years after the killing, Mr Gambari defended the actions of late Abacha saying the killing was in the interest of the state.

Nevertheless, in a column published on July 12, 2008, Mr Adesina lampooned Mr Gambari. The article published on page 15 of Saturday Sun was titled “Gambari: the slap next time.”

In one of the paragraphs, Mr Adesina referred to the new Chief of Staff as a man who enslaved himself to please his paymasters.

“Gambari enslaved himself to please his paymasters. Now, 13 years later, the shackles are still tied round his neck. bootlicking grovellers fail to learn.”

Reacting to this, former Presidential spokesperson, Reno Omokri, shared a snippet of the column and criticised Mr Adesina who is now serving in the same administration with Mr Gambari.

Mr Omokri, who wrote on Saturday, said; “Femi is the one BOOTLICKING the Gambari he called a BOOTLICKER!”

It should be noted that ever since the appointment of Mr Gambari, Mr Adesina has not congratulated the new Chief of Staff in the public.

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  1. Femi is a man of honour, intelligent, energetic, bold n courageous. He was a man of integrity, always in d fore front of fight for d down trodden welfare n well being. Dat was d Femi Adesina of pre May 29, 2015 era. D Femi Adesina of today , who is d Special Assistant on Media n Publicity to d Most clueless presiden Nigeria ever had- (Moh’d Buhari) is a direct opposite of what he was.b4 May 25,2015.. U can not know a man until he had been given a position of thrust. I never knew Femi Adesina can change so fast. I can vividly remember all what he wrote about Dr Reuben Abati when he holding d same position he is holding today under President Good luck Jonathan.pls, help me look for Femi Adesina d fire brand Chairman, Guild of Editors. Power can easily turn a fire eater to an ice cream licker

  2. Please leave this man in peace and let him face the challenges before him. Is he the only Nigerian that had in the military? Some have stood, sat eat and sleep on June 12. They are still enjoying.

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