The Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has taken to social media to react to the public’s request for responses on happenings in Aso Rock villa.
The Presidency has descended heavily on critics of the administration, berating those it called “purveyors of wickedness” as responsible for the propagation of falsehood against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting through the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, the Presidency wondered why some people choose to imagine vain things and conjure nothing but evil.
"Quite a challenging week it has been for Nigeria, and, indeed, the rest of the world. Except perhaps in China only, where the affliction started from, figures of Coronavirus infections continue to mount in other parts of the world. Italy and Spain have been particularly badly hit."
“But as the world reels under the impact of a most pernicious pandemic, a suicide bomber wreaking deadly havocs, merchants of fake, hateful news remain fully at work.
“Aso Villa, the seat of presidential authority, has been their focus for most of the week. They have kept churning out spurious reports after the other about President Muhammadu Buhari, and some other people who work with him.
“But the outright fake, hateful news, I have ignored all week. Not a word in response. 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 the condition worsens.'’
This morning, the Presidential aide to the president went on twitter to lambast those he termed 'Purveyors of Wickedness' regarding fake news disseminated on social media on Aso rock.
The fake news permeating on social media like fire on harmattan has fizzled out all the charitable and humanitarian deeds of well-meaning Nigerians.
What he wants people to tweet about are;
Tony Elumelu’s UBA N5billion fund to Nigeria and Africa; Abdusamad Rabiu (BUA) N1billion package in cash; Folorunsho Alakija importing test kits and other materials for Nigerians worth hundreds of millions of naira; Aliko Dangote, N200million package to combat Coronavirus, the Redeemed Christian Church of God providing ventilators and many more.
"These are the people and organisations that should define us as people, not the conjurers of wickedness and doomsday. God is surely greater than them. And Nigeria too."