The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said President Muhammadu Buhari inherited a “terribly” divided country from his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015. Adesina said Nigeria had always been divided and there was nothing special about the comments made by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Adesina, who is the President’s most senior spokesman, said this on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Wednesday. Adesina stated, “Nigeria had always been divided. Always. Right from amalgamation in 1914, Nigeria has always been divided. Nigeria is an inconvenient amalgamation but we have worked at it and I tell you that there is no time in the history of this country that the country was not divided but then we had kept at it and we were trying to make it work.
“As of 2015, when President Buhari came, Nigeria was terribly, terribly divided; divided along religious lines, divided along ethnic lines; divided along language, divided hopelessly, terribly and that is the division that the President had been working at. But you see that a lot of people instead of letting harmony return to this country, thrive and luxuriate in widening the gulf. They play politics with everything.”