By Yemi Adebowale
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday subjected the office of his principal, Muhammadu Buhari to public ridicule and widespread condemnation after a tweet targeted at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adesina in his tweet described the PDP as “Wailing Wailers” over the party’s criticism of the appointment of Amina Bala Zakari as the new Acting Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
If PDP has begun to cry wolf where there was none on INEC chairman, then they should be set for louder lamentations. The wailing wailers.
— Femi Adesina (@FemAdesina) July 1, 2015
Nigerians across party divides immediately descended on Adesina chiding him for his immaturity and the public ridicule he was attracting to the office of the President as his official spokesman. Others poked fun at the Presidential Spokesman for what they described as childish, immature an unbecoming of such a sensitive office.
This Femi Adesina does not understand the magnitude of his job. Why is he trying so hard to be worse than Doyin Okupe?
— Elnathan John (@elnathan) July 1, 2015
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) July 1, 2015
It’s obvious the guys that worked in the APC social media control room have gone back to America. They forgot to train some people…
— Victor Owo (@owo747) July 1, 2015
A Presidential Spokesman should never tweet like Kayode Ogundamisi or his younger brother JJ.
— Ohimai Godwin Amaize (@MrFixNigeria) July 1, 2015
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) July 1, 2015
Somebody need to remind @FemAdesina that he’s no longer the Editor of SUN but the spokesman to the President of a Nation.
— Remi Oladipo (@Ceorhemz) July 2, 2015
I’d never heard of this Femi Adesina or read anything from him before his appointment. Obviously an inside joke among journos
— F (@DoubleEph) July 1, 2015