Festus Adedayo had just been appointed spokesperson of Senate President Ahmad Lawan when the APC mob descended on him on social media. He lost his job in hours. This is his story.
Dr. Festus Adedayo who was fired barely 48 hours after he was appointed Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has vowed to remain critical of the governing APC and President Buhari.
Before his appointment, Adedayo had a reputation for aiming darts and firing broadsides at chieftains of the APC in his fiery columns which were often published across most online platforms.
In one of his essays, he accused President Buhari of “meddlesomeness in the choice of principal officers of the national assembly. The government is conducting the interloping in a manner that is strange to democratic practice”, he wrote.
In a November 18, 2018 piece, Adedayo titled his essay: “Buhari the dead and his body double”. It was a scathing piece in which Adedayo likened Buhari to cartoon character, Fido Dido.
“Except the humour he is said to inject into discussions today, you cannot but agree with that snide comment allegedly made of him by America’s Donald Trump that the figure he saw in Buhari was “lifeless.” The Buhari of today lacks grits, is most time askance, disinterested in virtually everything, unnaturally withdrawn, with a receding memory and acts like one being propelled like the cartoon character, Fido Dido”, he wrote.
Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege and Ahmad Lawan pay President Buhari a visit soon after they were elected presiding officers (Presidency)
In another piece, Adedayo referred to Buhari as clannish, nepotistic and a supporter of murderers. “The only one readily available is Buhari’s unbridled and nepotist support for his murderous Fulani herdsmen kin”, he wrote.
Adedayo also wrote that “Tinubu’s political flesh is being prepared for a political barbecue by a Machiavellian General who, though taciturn and weak, scores high rating in mauling his opponents. After mauling them, he smiles like one in whose vein blood doesn’t flow.”
In one piece, Adedayo prophesied that Buhari would be Nigeria’s last president.
“I have this hunch that by the time President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office after his second term, there may either be no Nigeria as properly so called or the nagging questions of our existence would have led to the ultimate violent resolution of our identity and leadership crises,” he wrote.
Soon after his appointment was announced, most members of the APC with social media accounts, mounted pressure on Senate President Lawan to rescind the appointment.
A press conference to denounce the appointment was even called by members of the APC youth forum; and before long, First Lady Aisha Buhari, had joined in on the act.