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Good people define us, not conjurers of wickedness – Adesina

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has said that with good people, positive things are happening, those Nigerians that offered helping hands to combat the spread of coronavirus, these are the people that should define us, not the conjurers of wickedness and doomsday.

He disclosed this on his official social platform on Friday, on the allegation churning out spurious reports about President Muhammadu Buhari, and some other people who work with him, evacuated and receiving medical attention at an undisclosed location somewhere in the wide world.

He said it’s outright fake, hateful news. “I have ignored it all week. Not a word in response, because how do you begin to give wings to concocted stories through responses that will make the falsehood fly faster? No, purveyors of wickedness should not have the satisfaction of drawing us out all the time, and getting some tacit endorsement for their flight of fancy.

“A top aide of the President tested positive early in the week. He is receiving adequate care, and he has our best wishes. But for the sinister minds, it was floodgate to all sorts of malediction.

All sorts of Breaking News followed: ‘Intensive care machines brought into Aso Rock. President Buhari coughing ceaselessly.’ ‘PMB under intensive care.’ ‘Adesina among those who accompanied Abba Kyari to Kogi.’ (I never did). ‘Garba Shehu under self-isolation.’ ‘Buhari may be smuggled out of the country, as condition worsens.

“And by yesterday, a recorded message started circulating on WhatsApp, saying President Buhari had been sneaked out of the country. To where? By who? Their fecund imaginations did not say. Buhari bans journalists from covering Aso Villa.’ (A man supposedly in intensive care was still banning reporters. Lol) and beat goes on”, he said.

He emphasized that why do some people conjure nothing but evil? Why do they imagine vain things? “In 2017, while President Buhari had his medical challenge, they were on orgy of negative wishes, misinformation, and disinformation. But God pulled a fast one on them. He brought the President back, as right as rain. Haven’t they learned their lessons?”.

He added that with good people, positive things are happening. “Tony Elumelu’s UBA is giving N5 billion to help Nigeria and Africa. Abdusamad Rabiu (BUA) has donated one billion Naira in cash. Folorunsho Alakija has imported test kits and other materials for Nigerians, worth hundreds of millions of Naira. “Aliko Dangote, after an initial donation of N200 million to combat Coronavirus, is leading top bankers and the private sector generally to raise aid.

GTBank has donated a 100 beds care center. The Redeemed Christian Church of God has provided ventilators. These are the people and organizations that should define us as a people, not the conjurers of wickedness and doomsday”, he said.


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