The Special Adviser on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, has said President Buhari took over power after the military coup of December 31, 1983 which led to the sack of the elected government of President Shehu Shagari.
In an article titled ‘PMB at 77: ‘Please tell Baba we are with him all the way’, Adesina recalled how Buhari referred to the episode in 2015 when he replaced the Service Chiefs.
The article reads: “Let me say this with the presumed permission of the President. He kept the Service Chiefs he inherited in 2015 for a couple of months and when it was time to let them go, he sent for me one afternoon and he gave me the names of the new appointees and told me not to announce until the next day. The president said ‘I informed the outgoing Service Chiefs some minutes ago but I don’t want their families to hear the news over radio or television. I want them to get home and break the news themselves’. I told him we would not be able to keep the news under wraps till the next day, that it should rather be announced immediately. He looked at me, laughed, and said: ‘You have not been sacked before and that’s why you are talking that way. Me, I’ve been sacked from office before and I know how it feels.’ We laughed about it”
“When the chief executive of a major corporation was also going to be replaced, he gave me the new name and said I should not announce for an hour or two so that the outgoing man would have received his letter and not hear it from the media.”
“On this auspicious day, I celebrate our President. Cynics and scoffers would say why won’t you applaud him since you are part of the largesse of office. Yes, I hold office under the President but I am yet to see the largesse. Maybe tomorrow or the day after.”