Special Adviser to the Nigerian leader on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has told critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to stop wailing and try to hail its efforts in 2021.
Adesina stated this on Thursday in an article titled; ‘2021: Year To Calm Down, And Wail Less’.
In his article, the President’s spokesman described critics of the present administration as wailers and its supporters as hailers.
“While they wailed, we hailed. While they found nothing right in the government, they said we found nothing wrong, not even the tiniest jot nor tittle.”
Adesina stated that “in the year of the pandemic, everything collapsed, the economy, oil prices in the international market, businesses. There were emergencies, with people struggling to balance between lives and livelihood. Budget projections became nonsense. There were lockdowns, and life was generally nasty and unpleasant.
“In many countries of the world, the citizenry knew where their problems came from. But in Nigeria, the wailers attempted to change the narrative.”
Adesina noted that in the midst of the challenges, “with earnings at about one-quarter of what we used to receive as a country, President Buhari gave a charge to the Minister of Finance: salaries and pensions must not fail, and funding of agriculture and infrastructure must not stop.”
He said “2021 is the year of work. Hard work, to deliver on the major projects by next year. Is it then a year to continue wailing? No. It is the year to calm down.
“A year for wailing wailers to find a vocation, and allow the government to concentrate, and deliver on projects at hand. Anybody who loves the country must resolve to give the government less distraction as possible this year.
“Yes, there are challenges: security, economy, improving the quality of lives. Lack of jobs. Inflation.. And many others. But is it the year to wail? No. We should rather hail, encourage the government to do better, and engender better standards of living for Nigerians.
The President’s spokesman stressed: “Wailers, calm down. Please, ‘be calming down’ in 2021, so that government can function with less distractions. It is not the year to cavil, find unnecessary faults, and fill the land with lamentations.”