Special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has disclosed that his income has been slashed by one third since he joined the current administration.
Appealing to Nigerians not to lose hope in the government, the former managing director of The Sun Newspaper said he is not immune from the hardship in the land, as he and others who have come to truly serve in government also face hunger as well.
In a new article he wrote for the back page of The Sun entitled – AFTER YE HAVE SUFFERED A WHILE.., Femi Adesina who attributed the economic crisis to mismanagement on the part of previous administrations, assured Nigerians that very soon, everyone would have cause to rejoice.
Speaking on the current economic recession, Femi Adesina noted that many great countries have come out of recessions and have bounced to become great economic powers. He said Nigeria would do same as long as the government is working hard to get its economic policies right.
He also assured Nigerians that the president had not forgotten the promises he made during the campaign period.
Here is an extract from the article:
“Here comes the preacher. What does he want to tell us? Doesn’t he know that we are hungry, and the din of hunger makes one deaf to reason? The rumble in our tummies, as the worms compete for the little food left there, will surely be louder than what anybody can say now. True? Not exactly. Come, let us reason together.
Father Ejike Mbaka, that fearless priest of the Catholic church, gave an illustration recently, which I believe was not revealed to him by flesh and blood. There is hunger in the land, with people severely famished. And there is ululation, loud enough to deafen the deaf all over again, and wake the dead from his eternal sleep. The wailers are wailing so loud, as if Bob Marley had resurrected with his band, the Wailing Wailers. But hear Fr. Mbaka: somebody came, looted your kitchen, carried away all the food.
He did not even leave you crumbs to console yourself with. And then comes another person, trying to replenish your pantry, trying to restock your kitchen. And then you begin to shout; we are hungry o, we are hungry o, to the point of distracting and discouraging the new man. Who should you rather wail and rage against? The man that looted your kitchen, of course.
That is the exact similitude of the position of Nigeria. There is hunger, lack, and deprivation in the land. But is it a death knell? Not when the kitchen is being restocked, and we will soon feed till we want no more.
I am on a national assignment that has cut my legitimate annual income by one third, so when there is hunger in the land, I go hungry too. Well, almost. When people talk of lack of money, I penny-pinch, too.
Well, almost. Let nobody think those in government are insulated from what is happening in the country. At least, those who have truly come to serve. But those precious promises hold true any day. ‘In the days of famine, my people shall be satisfied.’ ‘The young lion may lack, and suffer hunger, but those that trust in the Lord shall not suffer any good thing.”
Femi Adesina’s words “… there is hunger in the land, I go hungry too,” opposes that of NAN boss, Bayo Onanuga, who came under serious attack earlier in the week after he said the supposed hardship being lamented about by Nigerians was a ‘mere propaganda’ being inflamed by those who lost the 2015 election and spread about by the media.
Onanuga in a Facebook post said his findings has shown that the cost of food items had not gone up, contrary to reports in the media.