EndSARS Protests: If President Buhari hadn’t exercised the tolerance of a father, we would have been talking about something else now – Femi Adesina

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Presidential aide, Femi Adesina, has said that if President Buhari hadn’t exercised the restraint and tolerance of a father, Nigerians would have been talking about something else in the wake of the crisis that enveloped the country after the #EndSARS protests were hijacked by hoodlums.

In an article he released today, Adesina who is the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said all through the EndSARS protest and the riots, mayhem, and looting that followed, President Buhari acted like a father

“There is truly a huge difference between an instructor, a tutor, and a father. One is a hireling, procured to pass knowledge, while the other is an insider, an interested party who is “pater familias,” (as my late dad would say). All through the EndSARS protest and the riots, mayhem and looting that followed, President Buhari acted like a father. And though we have millions of instructors in this country, we have not many fathers. President Buhari is one.

The President is by no means a soft man. We remember the man of iron and steel that ruled with iron fist between January 1984 and August 1985, with his kindred spirit, Babatunde Idiagbon. They attempted to knock sense into our heads as Nigerians, but were eventually toppled by people who had less patience for discipline.

Is President Buhari as hard as he was in 1984? Yes and no. In personal traits and attributes, he remains the unbending iron. But in terms of administration and response to people and situations, he is tempered by democracy, and by time. What he could do by military fiat then, he must pass through democratic due process now. He wore khaki then, now he wears Agbada. No wonder he now talks longingly about the time “when I was young and ruthless…” Well, he is no longer young, and he must be more avuncular, even fatherly, for that is what he is. And ruthlessness has not much place in democracy , if any at all.

That was why when the EndSARS protest started, and began to fester, and was eventually hijacked and misdirected, President Buhari did not change the instructions, the rules of engagement to security agencies, particularly the police. Things began to degenerate. Policemen were being killed, prisoners being set free, roads and airports being blocked, the economy was being locked down once again after the about five months lockdown imposed by COVID-19, yet the President did not change the order to the police, particularly. It was not till last week that the Inspector General of Police instruct his men to now use ‘lawful force’ to confront any insurrection. Sadly, scores of them had been killed in cold blood, scores of patrol vehicles torched, and over 200 police stations, public and private property burnt.

If President Buhari hadn’t exercised the restraint and tolerance of a father, at a time that even hitherto respected people instigated the protesters to carry on (and they promptly went underground when anarchy ensued), we would have been talking of something else in the country. The rivers of Nigeria could have turned crimson, and mourning and lamentations would have suffused the land. But we are thankful for the father in President Buhari, patient and enduring, almost to a fault.

In his national broadcast, he said instigators of the riots misunderstood the pacifist nature of government for weakness. “We are not only in government, we are also in power,” Gen Ibrahim Babangida had said in 1993, after he annulled the free and fair presidential election of that year. If President Buhari had wanted to show that he ‘was in power,’ something quite unsavory could have happened in the land. But he rather chose to be a father. Ye have many instructors, but not many fathers.”

23 Comments

  1. I won’t be surprised because you have said it once that you are wondering what people would be saying after leaving office, therefore, Continue say rubbish.

  2. Is that how father suppose to be answering his children with all the atrocities being committed by the police, politicians and other bad leaders. Shame femi adeshina.

  3. Femi adeshina always support and protect his pay master what would you say before, have you ever sin any aids who rubbishes his or her boss. As you said we saw it bouyantl writing on his face.

  4. Though, he might be tried in some aspects but this #endsars protest he handles it with negligence he should have responded when the protest is about to start if not it won’t be hijacked by the hoodlums.

  5. Which kind nonsense tolerance of a father are you even talking about sef? And what else do you think that you and your family would have been talking about apart from what we are still talking now.

    1. I don’t think he actually did.
      Bcos no father will send forces to kill his own children no matter what they do, we all know this In the back of our minds

  6. Though, He Might Be Tried In Some Aspects But This #Endsars Protest He Handles It With Negligence He Should Have Responded When The Protest Is About To Start If Not It Won’t Be Hijacked By The Hoodlums.

  7. Femi Adeshina Always Support And Protect His Pay Master What Would You Say Before, Have You Ever Sin Any Aids Who Rubbishes His Or Her Boss. As You Said We Saw It Bouyantl Writing On His Face.

  8. Which Kind Nonsense Tolerance Of A Father Are You Even Talking About Sef? And What Else Do You Think That You And Your Family Would Have Been Talking About Apart From What We Are Still Talking Now.

  9. Which Kind Nonsense Tolerance Of A Father Are You Even Talking About Sef? And What Else Do You Think That You And Your Family Would Have Been Talking About Apart From What We Are Still Talking Now.

  10. Because you are in government position, you feel you can be talking any how
    You are saying all these things just to please your pay master
    God will judge you

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