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Nigerians need to calm down to see positive changes – Adesina

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has said that all what Nigerians see are the negative things happening in the country, which are also in many countries of the world, adding that these are not the only things happening in Nigeria, only that Nigerians would not see the positive developments, except they calmed down.

He made this known on his official social platform on Thursday, while using the hilarious video that went viral recently about a boy who offended his mother, and was about to get beating, tearfully, even before he got whipped, the boy tried to plead his way out, telling his mum to calm down.

According to Adesina, “the truth be told, that message from the boy is for the entire country. We need to calm down. We are too uptight, nervy, edgy. We grumble, murmur too much, call the government a lot of names, try to demonize those serving the nation, when it could be “our last chance. Last chance in the world” to really fix things.

“If you listen to some people; angry youths, religious leaders, political analysts, newspaper columnists, news reviewers, so-called activists, then nothing positive is happening in the country. It is all about insurgency, banditry, killings, joblessness, corruption, lack and deprivation. True? False!

“Those things are there, as they are also in many countries of the world. But they are not the only things happening in Nigeria. Only that we would not see the positive things, except we calmed down. We would never enjoy the rainfall, if we expect rainstorm to carry away our rooftop at any moment. Calm down. “I’m just telling you to be ‘calming’ down.”

He added that when the President Muhammad Buhari said recently that things were better in the area of security than what he met in 2015, some people wailed endlessly. “But when the Group Captain came with facts and figures on national television last Sunday, not one word was heard. Not even a whimper!Why do people like to spread negative, rather than positive developments?

“Killings dropped from 15,600 in 2014 to 4,618 in 2016. But not one positive word. Simply because their eyes are blinded by negative thoughts and sentiments. And they now need to calm down. Rather than upbraid, our security agencies should be challenged and encouraged to rediscover what they did in 2016”, he said.

He noted that during the week, Ministry of Power said electricity generation had returned to over 5,000 megawatts. “Not a word from professional complainers. If it had dropped to below 1,000 megawatts, we would not have heard anything else. Calm down. “I’m just telling you to be ‘calming’ down.”

“If we calm down, what would we see? Massive infrastructural developments. Roads, rail, airports, bridges, efforts to reverse power deficit of many decades, newly approved Youth Bank to empower the younger generation, strident efforts to secure the country, N2.3 trillion stimulus package to combat the negative effect of COVID-19, and many other positive developments”, he said.


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