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Unveiling the Incompetence and Disconnection among President Tinubu’s Media Aides

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As Nigeria’s political landscape changes and evolves, media aides play an increasingly important role in molding public opinion and spreading information. However, a cloud of criticism hangs over President Bola Tinubu’s media team, with Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr Bayo Onanuga, and others under fire for their perceived incompetence and disconnection from their responsibilities.

In today’s politics, effective communication is essential. However, the Tinubu administration’s media advisers have consistently fallen short in this area, failing to properly express the President’s message and address popular concerns. Chief Ngelale, noted for his impassioned news releases, has frequently been accused of using rhetoric rather than actual involvement with the issues at hand. His strategy, which involves diverting criticism rather than confronting it head on, has only increased public cynicism and frustration.

Many experts thought Ngelale’s term as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs was beneficial to Tinubu’s government. Most were disillusioned months after his employment as Tinubu’s spokesperson after he made multiple unforgivable public relations mistakes.

Among Ajuri’s numerous gaffes were noticeable infractions when he issued a press release on the withdrawal of the nomination of Engr. Imam Kashim Imam to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA). In saner climes, this kind of gaffe would have cost him his job as Presidential spokesperson. But, he somehow managed to keep his job. Ajuri still had the effrontery to defend himself.

Another came when he issued another press release stating President Tinubu has dismissed Babatunde Irukera as Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. The situation reached an anti-climax when Onanuga had to publicly correct Ajuri that Irukera. Onanuga wrote “The President’s directive did not intend a dismissal . The two men who have served our country were relieved of their duties by the President, as he scouts for their successors.”

Similarly, Onanuga, another prominent member of Tinubu’s media team, has come under fire for his apparent disconnect from the realities of average Nigerians. Despite the dire economic and social difficulties confronting the country, Onanuga’s solutions have been called out of touch, lacking the empathy and knowledge required to connect with the public. Instead of delivering genuine solutions or expressing camaraderie with those affected, his statements usually sound hollow, further alienating the administration from people it professes to serve. Analysts have noted that his interventions frequently involve “attacking the opposition” rather than addressing the issues. Critics wonder how his efforts aided Tinubu’s administration positively.

Even the President’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Dada Olusegun, demonstrated a concerning lack of attention to detail. He shared an outdated picture on his Twitter handle, erroneously implying that former Kogi State Governor Yaya Bello was present at a meeting with Tinubu. This oversight raises questions about the accuracy of his information. How many more mistakes will occur before corrective action is taken?

Beyond individual shortcomings, a broader pattern of incompetence appears to pervade Tinubu’s media machinery. The team’s inability to effectively manage crises or capitalize on opportunities for positive messaging has led to a series of public relations missteps, eroding the President’s credibility and diminishing his influence. From mishandling sensitive issues to failing to capitalize on key moments of national significance, such as addressing the nation during times of crisis, Tinubu’s media aides have consistently fallen short of expectations.

Furthermore, the disconnect between the media staff and the Nigerian populace is obvious. While President Tinubu has a solid base of support in some circles, his media advisers have struggled to successfully articulate his objectives and gain wider public support. Their unwillingness to interact with all elements of society, notably youth and marginalized populations, has only exacerbated existing divisions and fuelled rebellion.

In response to rising criticism, calls for President Tinubu to restructure his media team have gotten louder. Many think that restoring public trust and bolstering the administration’s legitimacy requires a new approach marked by transparency, empathy, and proactive participation. Whether Tinubu heeds these calls remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the competency and efficacy of his media advisers will play a critical role in setting the direction of his presidency and the future of Nigerian politics.

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IMF Predicts 26.3% Drop in Nigeria’s Inflation by 2024

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecasted a significant drop in Nigeria’s inflation rate to 26.3% by 2024. This projection was part of the IMF’s revised Global Economic Outlook released earlier this week, which also predicted a 3.3% growth for Nigeria’s economy this year.

In its report, the IMF maintained the growth prospects for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in 2024, with a slight upgrade attributed to Nigeria’s improved growth outlook, offsetting downward forecasts for other countries like Angola.

According to the IMF, Nigeria’s economy is expected to grow by 3.0% in 2025, a slight decline from its previous projection. The SSA region as a whole is forecasted to experience growth of 3.8% in 2024 and 4.0% in 2025, driven by the gradual improvement in supply issues and the easing of earlier weather shocks.

Additionally, the IMF noted a slight uptick in growth for advanced economies, with projections increasing from 1.6% in 2023 to 1.7% in 2024, and further to 1.8% in 2025.

However, Nigeria has been grappling with persistent inflationary pressures throughout the year. The country’s inflation rate rose from 29.90% in January to 33.2% in March, posing challenges to its economic stability despite the IMF’s optimistic long-term forecast.

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Oshiomhole Expresses Confidence in APC’s Victory in Edo Governorship Election

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Former Edo State Governor and current Senator representing Edo North, Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed confidence in the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s chances of victory in the upcoming September 21 governorship election. Oshiomhole highlighted the unity within the APC in the state and the challenges facing opposition parties as indicators of the party’s strong prospects.

After briefing President Bola Tinubu on the party’s preparations for the election, Oshiomhole emphasized the successful resolution of issues arising from the primaries and the establishment of a campaign council, signaling the readiness of the APC to proceed with its campaign.

Oshiomhole acknowledged the various crises facing opposition parties, including the Labour Party (LP), contrasting it with the stability of the APC. He also mentioned that the party eagerly awaits INEC’s announcement on April 24 to commence its campaign.

While President Buhari assured them of his support, Oshiomhole emphasized the importance of the party mobilizing and securing victory. He stated the determination of the APC to craft a campaign message that resonates with the people of Edo and captures their imagination.

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AFTER FASTING: WHAT COMES NEXT?

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The blessed month of Ramadan has passed, leaving many feeling like it was just a fleeting moment. In the twinkle of an eye, the fasting, prayers, and spiritual reflections have come to an end. But what comes next after this period of heightened devotion? How do we maintain the momentum of Ramadan throughout the rest of the year?

The key lies in consistency and steadfastness. It’s natural to feel a sense of loss as Ramadan fades away, but dwelling on this sadness can hinder our progress. Instead, it’s important to strike a balance, ensuring that we continue to engage in good deeds, albeit at a sustainable pace. As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Do such deeds as you can do easily, as Allah will not get tired (of giving rewards) until you get bored and tired (of performing religious deeds).”

So, what are some practical steps we can take to keep the spirit of Ramadan alive throughout the year?

Make up missed fasts from Ramadan, if any. This ensures that we fulfill our obligations and maintain the spiritual purity gained during the month of fasting.

Follow up Ramadan with six additional fasts in the month of Shawwal. This tradition not only earns us extra rewards but also reinforces the discipline of fasting.

Revive the spirit of Tarawih prayers by engaging in Qiyam al-Layl (night prayers). While it may be challenging to match the Prophet’s practice of eleven units of prayer, starting with a few units followed by Witr is commendable.

Dedicate time daily to recite or listen to the Quran, reflecting on its meaning and implementing its teachings in our lives.

Continue the spirit of charity beyond Ramadan by supporting the less fortunate in our communities. Whether it’s feeding the hungry, helping the needy, or supporting orphaned children, acts of kindness should be an ongoing commitment.

Engage in frequent remembrance of Allah (dhikr) through morning and evening supplications, as well as other invocations related to daily activities.

Uphold the Sunnah fasting of Mondays and Thursdays or fast at least three days in the lunar month (13th, 14th, and 15th).

Structure our daily routines around the five daily prayers, ensuring that they remain the cornerstone of our spiritual lives. Engage fervently in dua (supplication) and trust in Allah’s mercy and ability to fulfill our needs.

Seek forgiveness from Allah through repentance, recognizing our shortcomings and striving for self-improvement.

Surround ourselves with righteous company, as the companionship of those who remind us of Allah and His commands is invaluable in maintaining our faith.

In conclusion, the end of Ramadan marks not the end of our spiritual journey but rather a continuation of it. By maintaining consistency in our good deeds, seeking forgiveness, and keeping our hearts connected to Allah, we can ensure that the spirit of Ramadan remains alive in our lives throughout the year. As we embark on this journey, may Allah grant us strength, guidance, and ultimate success in both this life and the Hereafter. Ameen!

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