Economic woes: Buhari’s popularity not waning – Presidency
Written by Morenike Adebayo on April 20, 2016
DESPITE apparent mounting criticism over his handling of the current economy woes and its negative consequences on many Nigeria, the Presidency on Tuesday, insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s popularity is not among the people.
It maintained that those who are criticising his administration’s actions or inaction are a minute part of the population, which it described as a vocal minority.
The Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, said the apparent upsurge in the criticism of President Buhari is not scientific as he has continued to enjoyed the massive support of the over 15 million Nigerians that voted for him in the last presidential election.
“There are about 170 million Nigerians and about 15 million Nigerians who voted for the president. Now, you have what you call the tyranny of the vocal minority.
“All those voices you are hearing, it’s possible they are not up to 500,000 or one million and you just have an impression that they are so many.
“This administration and this presidency enjoy very massive support. Despite what you can call the tyranny of that minority, of the vocal minority, the massive support base is still very wide.”
Adesina said if there is any observable shift in the way President Buhari is viewed in the media, it is negligible if not artificially created.
According to him, “that shifts, if indeed it is not artificial and it is not induced, what is the percentage of the people involved compared to 170 million Nigerians? That is the question we should ask ourselves.”
Adesina observed however those opposition critics are important in any democracy to provide a self-corrective mechanism for government.
Asked whether the presidency is not worried about the existence of such criticisms even if from vocal minority, the presidential spokesman said: “There must be opposition in any country, there must be criticism. In fact, woe betides a country that does not have critics. There would not then be a self-corrective mechanism in that kind of country. Criticism is good for any polity.
“The challenge it gives us is that the presidency must look at those criticisms and take the ones that are well-meaning, the ones that are well founded.
“But it does not mean that all criticisms are well meaning and well founded.
“Some are just purely out of bile, some are carryover of electoral defeat, some are because they have been induced by money and all that.
“So, you must be able to discern the criticism that is genuine and well founded and take it and act on it.”