By Ismaila Chafe
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina has dismissed assertion that the timing of the airing of 55-minute documentary on President Muhammadu Buhari is defective contemplating the hardships being skilled by Nigerians occasioned by gas shortage.
Adesina, who was responding to reactions on-line over the deliberate airing of the documentary on NTA and Channels Television on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, noticed that among the feedback have been borne out of real concern.
The aide, who’s the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a press release in Abuja on Sunday, nevertheless, condemned different feedback which he mentioned have been “virulent, coming from inveterate complainers’’.
“I’ve learn loads of reactions, notably on-line, on the timing of the airing of the documentary on President Muhammadu Buhari, slated for Dec. 24 and 25, respectively, by eight p.m on NTA and Channels Television.
“Some of the feedback are borne out of real concern, which we admire, whereas others are virulent, coming from inveterate complainers.
“Fault discovering is the stock-in-trade of such folks, and in the event that they mistakenly discover themselves in Heaven, they might even complain towards God. They don’t have any different pastime.
“The reactions primarily dwell on the truth that a documentary displaying the human aspect of the President (as towards the well-known iron and metal) is coming at a time there’s extreme gas shortage within the nation.
“And I say, why not? Is life all about doom and gloom? Must we sit in ashes and put on sackcloth perpetually, and ignore the brighter aspect of life? God forbid!’’
Adesina attributed the continuing gas shortage to what he described as “a mixture of SNAFU (Situation Normal All Fouled Up) within the distribution strategy of petrol, and deliberate mischief and sabotage by some entrepreneurs, who need to pressure the fingers of presidency to extend the pump worth.’’
He acknowledged that the state of affairs was additional compounded by hoarding of merchandise, and panic shopping for.
He, nevertheless, reassured that the Federal Government was working around the clock to revive normalcy within the oil sector.
“Should we then be perpetually like King Lear at his worst, and consign ourselves to the doldrums occasioned by gas shortage at a festive interval? No.
“Despite the temporal pains, life should proceed, and we should take a look at the cheery aspect, whereas authorities works arduous to deliver succour.
“That is why I disagree with armchair critics, who wail on the drop of a hat. Millions of Nigerians admire President Buhari, love him passionately, and would watch the airing of the documentary, which reveals the President in a perspective not very well-known earlier than.
“It’s a spice for the vacation season, and never even ephemeral gas disaster would dampen the passion of constructive minded Nigerians,’’ he added.(NAN)