Femi Adesina, the spokesperson of the President, has said that only Muhammadu Buhari can disagree with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and survive it.
While delivering a statement tagged: “Buhari’s applause for Akinwumi Adesina”, the spokesman likened Obasanjo to “world powers”, adding that ”you have every right to shiver when they come after you”.
Adesina said Akinwumi Adesina, African Development Bank (AfDB) president, “fought the good fight” to be re-elected for another term of five years despite the odds.
He said “If America and some other world powers come after you, you have every right to shiver in the broiling sun”.
He further stated that “It’s like Olusegun Obasanjo telling you to dismount from the horse of leadership in Nigeria. Only a Muhammadu Buhari can look him straight in the eyes, and say; No sir. And survive it’.
“Akinwumi Adesina fought the good fight for the AfDB diadem, won in brilliant fashion, and is already inaugurated for a second term in office. But it was not a sudden flight. It took grit, guts and God.”
Adesina said Buhari received the news of Adesina’s victory while presiding over a national council of state meeting which had Ibrahim Babangida, former military ruler, in attendance.
He said “We were at the National Council of State meeting on August 27, 2020. Incidentally, it was the 35th anniversary of the military coup that ousted the then Major General Muhammadu Buhari from power as head of state”.
“As the AfDB elections were fast approaching, America suddenly decided it didn’t want Adesina as President again. It told him to get off the horse, different things began to happen”.
“America kicked. It called for an independent, external party to look into the findings of the panel. It was done, and Adesina came forth shining as gold again.”