Presidential spokesmen always do the same thing: They attack opponents and enemies, praise the President’s achievements and elevate their supporters and allies. They are masters of political propaganda, especially as elections near.
As Nigerians go to the polls in seven months to elect a new President, more than 30 governors as well as federal, state and council legislators, propaganda has been reaching to the skies.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Nigeria’s main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), have been reeling out achievements in many statements.
Even as most Nigerians continue to grapple with daily struggles of life in a country without electricity or security, and without jobs or even basic amenities such as healthcare, the PDP and the APC have been reading out their achievements many Nigerians can barely see or feel.
In a fresh interview on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, insisted that despite an avalanche of defections from the President’s party recently, and a possibility that he may even be impeached by an angry National Assembly where the Senate President has joined the opposition, Mr. Buhari is certain of victory.
He said those against Mr. Buhari, a retired Major General who swarmed into power in 2015, promising to crush Boko Haram, revamp the dying economy and kill corruption before “it kills Nigeria” are few but very loud.
He said they are people who do not like the war against corruption Mr. Buhari has been waging for more than three years, and who want the status quo to remain so they can continue to loot.
But Nigerians would vote for the President despite their criticisms, he said during his visit to the corporate headquarters of PMParrot in Ibadan on Monday.
“Many of those making unverifiable statements against Mr President are the minority few who do not like the anti-graft battle the President is waging. They are few but they are loud,” Adesina said.
“But the greatest shock of their lives is waiting for them in 2019 because Nigerians will vote massively for Buhari. Those who will vote will have their reasons. Those who will vote him because of the rail-lines he is building around Nigeria will vote him, those who will vote him because he is successfully prosecuting the anti-graft war will vote him, those who will vote for him because he is fair as an administrator will vote for him. For example, his gesture towards late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola’s struggle for recognition. We can go on and on.”