Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity says Nigeria needs a leader with an iron fist like his principal, Muhammadu Buhari who with his iron fist, can kindly bully citizens into submission.
“That respondent sure spoke the minds of millions of Buharists in Nigeria and the Diaspora. The man we fell in love with is of iron and steel, one ready and willing to knock sense into contumacious heads, whipping everyone into line. And being kind to us in the process. A kind bully, if you like the oxymoron,” said the media aide.
He further noted that Mr Buhari would not hesitate to “whip into line” anybody who “misbehaves in any part of the country.”
“What our country needs at this time is iron and steel. An alchemy of GMB and PMB. We are in a democracy, yes, but democracy is no byword for lawlessness,” added Mr Adesina.
Continuing his argument, he stated, “The nation needs not go into a tailspin because some people bear giant-sized grudges in their hearts. By the way, is there any part of the country that does not have one grievance or the other? Is the next option then to capsize the boat of the country? Any leader that has sworn to uphold the Constitution would not open his eyes, and see it happen.”
Mr Buhari on Tuesday had threatened to deal violently with Igbo youths in the South-East like the violence visited upon the region’s civilians by him and other military officers who fought on the Nigerian side during the Civil War.
The president said he had had enough of the raging attacks against government facilities across the South-East. Violent thugs have been on the rampage in the region, killing and setting public and private assets on fire.
“President Buhari is not genocidal, and can’t ever be accused of such intentions. But a leader worth his salt cannot look on, and watch law and order break down irretrievably. It is not about a people, or region. It is about the country he took an oath to keep together,” Adesina stated.