The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, says despite the current security challenges in Nigeria, peace will be restored under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Adesina likened the present situation of the country to how Manchester City FC moved from the bottom of the league table to become the champions of the 2020/21 English Premier League (EPL).
In an article titled, “Lessons for Nigeria from EPL”, Adesina said some forces who know what President Muhammadu Buhari can achieve, have positioned themselves to sabotage his administration.
He said many critics of Buhari are focused on setting themselves against the government just like other English clubs challenged Man City at the beginning of the 2019/20 EPL season, because of the team’s overwhelming success in the previous season.
Adesina wrote; “Recall what happened in the 2019/2020 season. Man City was eyeing a treble. Three back-to-back seasons as champions, and a record in English football. But the adversaries knew the record that was to be set, so they arrayed themselves against the team. Just as some forces knew the record that was to be achieved by Muhammadu Buhari as Nigerian President, and which he had begun to show since 2015 when he got into office, and they positioned themselves against the government.
“Every team, big or small, strong or weak, set its sights on Man City last season, flexed muscles, summoned superhuman skills and strength whenever they were meeting the champions attempting a treble.
“The lesson? When you are high-flying, the centrifugal forces will come against you, and it would only take the grace of God for you to attain.
“Yoruba people call those forces Aiye. When Aiye is on your case, as it was against Man City, and it is against the Buhari government, you need God, and God alone. Aiye (meaning ‘the world,’ if freely translated) is the negative part of mankind. The pernicious, baleful, sly and scheming part of humanity. If Aiye gets on your matter, you need God and God alone.
“Aiye was in full force against it. And the 2020/2021 season was initially not looking promising either. Eight weeks gone, the team was placed 13th on the table. It had lost 2–5 to Leicester City at home in Etihad Stadium, Tottenham drubbed it by two goals, played a draw with teams that couldn’t hold a candle to it in the past, and was generally forlorn and limp. Aiye was having a ball, laughing Man City to scorn. Aren’t they doing the same thing against the government in our country today, due to unrelenting security challenges, some of them possibly instigated by Aiye themselves?
“Victory came after victory, to the extent that the team was unbeaten in 21 consecutive games in the different competitions it was involved in. From the ashes, the Salamander had risen. Fire could not consume it, and today, Man City are champions, fifth time in 10 years.”
Adesina’s posts on social media, especially on Facebook, usually get Nigerians talking.
In one of his articles in 2020, the presidential spokesperson asked Nigerians to count themselves lucky to be blessed with a leader like Buhari.