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Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by ogododo: 8:00am On May 25
Even the most ardent supporter of the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) must be happy to see him pack his nuisance and return to Daura (or Niger, wherever) come Monday. If there is a regime in this world on which the sun cannot set fast enough, it is Buhari’s. He rode into the presidency in 2015 with his babariga pockets filled with tokens of goodwill and high expectations of renewal. Eight years later, he had bankrupted everything with his sadism and indolence. He came into power in a blaze of glory but his departure will be accompanied with deep sighs of “good riddance.” One good thing about his sociopathic nature is that he will not even be moved to care how much he has let down everyone who once took him seriously.

As much as the buck stops at his table, he could not have been the kind of failure he was without his enablers. They are many, but the most vociferous of these minions was his media team. For a collective that never advanced an original thought or devised any meaningful strategy of public engagement, they had a larger-than-life reach. From buffering Buhari from reasonable public opinion to obfuscating serious issues, they enabled his apathetic stance while the nation faltered under his watch. If they had summoned their will to a higher moral resolve, perhaps Buhari would not be leaving so much wreckage and carnage behind.

If there was something that quickly defined the Goebbelsian ethos of the Buhari regime at its inception, it was the number of media aides recruited. For a man who would not even appoint his federal ministers, he was rather quick to inaugurate a whole nest of media howlers. Close to hand, he had people like Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu, Bashir Ahmed, Tolu Ogunlesi, and Lauretta Onochie. Some of them were accomplished professionals before they took up the job of image laundering for the presidency, but you can hardly look back at key moments during their term and cite instances when they had a shining moment of professional management of public relations and communication. By May 29, when the sun sets on their time, they would all have been indistinguishably diminished by the multi-dimensional failings of the government they served.

At the back end, the administration also maintained a troll farm. There, they had tucked the rabble-rousers, whose job was to loiter around the highways and byways of the internet, defending Buhari against every reasonability and generally darkening counsel with words without knowledge. Partly due to the redundancy of these associates and perhaps too, because of the lack of any apparent strategic thought that went into planning the information management aspect of the Buhari presidency, what the bloated media team ended up delivering was eight years of cacophonous public communication. On his own, Buhari is sure to fail at any leadership role. With the choir he appointed, his shortcomings got more loudly amplified.

To be fair, media managers in the new media age face a peculiar dilemma in managing public relations and communication. Now that virtually anyone for whom the odds align can sidestep the traditional media gatekeepers and reach an indeterminate public directly, responding to the public can be vertiginous. Media aides to non-performing politicians like Buhari have it far worse—for good reasons. They must confront and control public perceptions and sentiments that can be so powerful they trump objective reality. Also, considering how more easily information can be released into the public sphere to stir mischief these days, media aides to politicians find themselves working in a permanent crisis zone where they are putting out either series of small fires or a conflagration (or both at the same time). Continuously being in a self-defence mode can do things to one’s cerebral capacities, and the frequent misspeaks and missteps that typified these aides’ jobs since 2015 is proof that the aides’ wit became addled over the years of managing Buhari’s crisis-prone government. The highest they achieved was a raucous and rancorous engagement with Nigerians whom—judging from their frequent putdowns—they passionately despise.

Yes, one must admit that being a media aide to a Nigerian politician is unenviable responsibility. We live in a polity where poverty is endemic, political promises are aplenty, and people confront their leaders with a sense of urgency that can be incompatible with the slow-paced nature of democratic deliberations. You cannot blame people jaded by the persistent failures of leadership for wanting quick-fire solutions. Sadly, the cohort of mostly myopic leaders that Nigeria is plagued with can hardly envision solutions to what bedevils us. Consequently, our interactions with them cannot but be defined by antagonisms, bitter exchanges, and mutual frustrations. That is why media aides to politicians turned their social media handles into workstations where they engage the public in crass and classless exchange of clap backs and other claptrap.

When leaders have nothing to show as solid achievements, their media aides must justify their existence by becoming one-trick ponies whose expertise begins and ends with fighting random people online. Aides managing a truant boss like Buhari have had it really hard. They spent the eight years inventing stories, deflecting questions bordering on accountability to the public, punching down at political opponents and their supporters, pandering to their current paymasters while putting up a grand show for prospective ones, and generally maintaining a facade of government functionality. While it must have been exhausting work for them, many of those activities are ultimately useless because neither their approach nor the substance of their communication advanced the course of democracy (or even our national values).

Our relationship with our leaders has ontologically been acrimonious, and they lack the political savviness to redefine it meaningfully. Our leaders probably cannot function without antagonising Nigerians, and their public relations managers too cannot act outside that frame. The conception of their professional responsibility is locked into that debilitating cycle such that they can hardly imagine public interaction without slap downs and punch downs. Even if they discern that the irascibility some people display online is borne of frustration with a polity where nothing ever happens, they still cannot demonstrate empathy. They must necessarily antagonise their fellow citizens. Once behind the high walls of Aso Rock, they can no longer afford to see humans whose survival is threatened by the cluelessness of their employers and who have every reason—and right—to make demands on the government. All they see are pesky irritants who will not let them eat in peace. Their revert is duplicity, deceit, and the shallow-mindedness that suffuses every part of their communication.

Looking at the spin they put out during those times Buhari was hospitalised outside of the country, you saw people in whom there is no truth. You assess how they dragged the presidency on social media like a rag cloth, and you see professional misfits. You consider the childishness of those who classified a section of Nigerians that refuses to drool before them into “wailers,” and what you see are small-minded bigots in high places. When you recall how these people poorly responded to the serious issues of insecurity that imperilled many Nigerian lives, you see people drained of their humanity. When you evaluate their double-fanged responses to the problems of corruption and its consequent denudation of the Nigerian value system, you see a bunch of frauds who add a lack of reflexivity to their hypocrisy. When your measure their dismissive attitude toward the economic hardship that Nigerians suffered under the watch of their inhumane principal, you see people shorn of their capacity to be reasonable humans.

On Monday, they will exit their respective offices (save for those lucky to be reabsorbed by the incoming administration). We will not miss them. Goodbye to their játijàti!

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by IVORY2009(m): 8:01am On May 25
grin

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by ogododo: 11:54am On May 25
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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by In2systemsTech(m): 12:45pm On May 25
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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Dittodat: 12:46pm On May 25
Sadistic hoe. Always bitter. Spit

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by ORAFA(m): 12:46pm On May 25
All join
Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Patrickyemi: 12:46pm On May 25
Omo Tinubu administration go tough sha. My advice for Nigerians is to start a YouTube channel on football and make money so you don’t cry during economic recession. Let me teach you how is been done , mention me if interested, hold your 1k o

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by promise4040: 12:46pm On May 25
It's going to be a sweet goodbye to nonsense. Buhari has been a cause to Nigeria and Nigerians. He's successfully set us 50 years back in all aspects of the economy. All we can say is thank you!

I want o to use the opportunity to thank Mr.Femi Adesina who defended Buhari failures for 8 years. That man deserves an award. E no easy.

Special thanks to all Nairalanders who also thinks the last 8 years has been the best for all. Y'all will rest in peace sooner than later.

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by INTEGRITYA1(m): 12:46pm On May 25
Me I don't follow to abuse people ooooo, most especially the elderly ones.
But the truth is Buhari Economic Policies are not human friendly, so hardship.
Security wise, let not even go there. Carefree attitude and negligence.

Tinubu need to correct so many things.

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Jestin: 12:47pm On May 25
Hit like if you think Tinubu will do better than Buhari and click share if you think tinubu will be a failure too.

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by AImiron: 12:47pm On May 25
Make Tinubu fest open the border ASAP.

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Houseontherock1: 12:49pm On May 25
I never believed in him, I'm not disappointed...my expectations of him were extremely low undecided

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by ConfidentialDoc: 12:49pm On May 25
Okay oooo
Let's hope this is the end of all jati jati....we don't need a pro max situation happening

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by olaboy33(m): 12:49pm On May 25
Well, many people would come against Buhari in the coming days.

He has been demystified.

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by awoniyi1236(m): 12:49pm On May 25
AImiron:
Make Tinubu fest open the border ASAP.


I can’t wait

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by lonelydora: 12:49pm On May 25
Buhari is a mofo

Nigerians made a very big mistake by assuming Buhari's "I don't care look" is a sign of weakness.

That Jubril from Sudan (abi na Niger) knows exactly all the things he's doing.

Well, I wish luck in his future endeavours either in Niger or in Sudan.

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by updatechange(m): 12:49pm On May 25
The pain:

It’s obvious she voted for him in 2015 grin

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Reportbutton: 12:49pm On May 25
Obi would have been the greatest calamity to befall Nigeria , we actually dodged a bullet grin

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by stanliwise(m): 12:49pm On May 25
Dittodat:
Sadistic hoe. Always bitter. Spit
Everything is about gender. Mtchewww
People of black and white.
Color blind

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by BRIMBRAM: 12:50pm On May 25
It is all about policies. Every government policies have a way of favouring some people and not favour others. Those it is not favouring you will see them shouting, crying but the moment it starts favouring them, you see the same person laughing, happy singing praise songs.

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Faposky95: 12:50pm On May 25
Greatest regret was not polling for the devils we were used to....that was in 2015.
The man was touted to be the leopard he always was.....( Some warned us to no avail citing his earlier rulership)
How could he bring positive change.....?!
Unfortunately, nobody asked such constructive ❓
Now see for ourselves the deconstructed norm in the economy, social and political atmosphere.
Pls be gone.....but not with our peace
Be gone

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by dalass(f): 12:50pm On May 25
Byeeee to radarada. In the name of Jesus Christ 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

He can't wait to be out of office. Please take Emefiele along ooooo, Borrow borrow Buhari grin

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Tonnierichy(m): 12:51pm On May 25
Buhari's media team were a disaster. They are not even fit to represent me, talk not of a whole President of the f**king Federal Republic of Nigeria. What a shame!

I would served them a 10 page sack letter and put them in detention with Dasuki If I were the President, but they are a replica of Buhari himself. He saw nothing bad about how they handled that office. Such a disgrace. Never again🤮🤮

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by jetwonder(m): 12:51pm On May 25
grin
Bubu farewell!
We know you will come back for third term

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by fasho01(m): 12:52pm On May 25
A breath of fresh air we need
Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Brushstrokes20: 12:52pm On May 25
Spot on piece!
The lifeless DISASTER is Nigeria's WORST BLUNDER! undecided
Dude wrecked Nig beyond redemption.

SORROW , TEARS and BLOOD are Buhari"s REGULAR TRADEMARK!

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Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Jubrilv(m): 12:52pm On May 25
See finish
Re: Handover: Bye-bye To Játijàti By Abimbola Adelakun by Kapeter(m): 12:53pm On May 25
Unnecessary. Buhari has done his best on infrastructure no one can deny that part. But failed woefully in security, no one can do it all. He's done his part, he can go home to rest. At least his tenure was less dramatic unlike someone i wouldn't love to mention.

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