The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says in contra to a widespread belief, the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is not a stingy man at all.
Adesina said the president, Buhari, on one occasion has previously handed him an envelope full with a foreign currency as well as sponsored his (Adesina’s) family on a trip to the South-East upon his gratification of a title.
The President’s spokesman said this in a birthday tribute in honour of his principal titled, ‘Buhari at 78: If Only We Knew the President’, on Thursday December 17, 2020.
He wrote, “And in January 2017, I was to receive the traditional title of Nwanne di Namba of Mmaku Kingdom, in Enugu State. Courtesy demanded I tell the President. This man, who prides himself as ‘very stingy’ gave me a handsome amount of money to ferry my friends and family to the ceremony. How much? I won’t tell you, lest you ask for a belated share.
“And in May 2018, I was billed for China for a 12-day course for senior government officials from Africa. He said when the journey was two days away, I should come to see him. I did. You know what he said? ‘Adesina, I know that you don’t have money. But you are too shy to ask.’ We both laughed, and he gave me an envelope which contained foreign currency. How much? You think I’ll tell you? For where?”
Adesina completely dismissed rumour claiming that one Jubril from Sudan is impersonating the Nigerian president Buhari while the real Buhari is dead long time ago.
He said Buhari’s memory is as very good as when he is young because he remembered several events that occurred during the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s.
Adesina also said his principal believed in compensating good deeds and that can be seen in his decision to reward the late Justice Sylvester Nsofor and Justice George Oguntade with ambassadorial appointments recently.
“Ask me for a loyal man, who never forgets a good turn, and I’ll show you Muhammadu Buhari. Among the last class of Ambassadors, he had personally picked Justice George Oguntade, who was sent to United Kingdom, and Justice Sylvester Nsofor, who he deployed to America. The latter died only last week, aged 85.
“How did the two men gain the favour, loyalty and respect of the President? In his many legal battles after disputed election results in 2003, and 2007, they had given dissenting judgements at both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, nullifying the election results, saying Candidate Buhari had been cheated. The man never forgot, and sought them out in due time. The same also happened to some of us working with him today”, Adesina said.