‘Tinubu’s first 100 days in office my worst nightmare’

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Mr. Segun Ayobolu, a former Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Lagos State ex-governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said the first 100 days of the administration were his worst nightmare.

Ayobolu spoke yesterday in Ikeja, the state capital while presenting a paper, titled: The Dynamics of Public Affairs Management.

The occasion was the celebration of the 60th birthday and retirement from the state civil service of a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Folarin Adeyemi.

The former CPS recalled the overwhelming challenges the administration confronted as it was settling down to govern the state.

He said: “As Chief Press Secretary to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the anniversary of his 100 days in office in 1999 was one of my worst nightmares.

“The reviews in the media were exceedingly negative and abominable. Critics after critics focused on the refuse heaps on the roads, the potholes and veritable craters on most roads, the scarcity of water, the terrible insecurity with armed robbery attacks on banks and snatching of vehicles occurring almost on a daily basis.

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“For a government, which had about three months to get ready, the first three months in the office seemed to have caught it by surprise. No practical solution had been applied to any problem so far then.

“Refuse heaps, which, like armed robbers, can neither talk nor think, challenged the wits of the governor.

“Consider all the other areas, like housing, education, health, and rural development. They were still at the blueprint level… Asiwaju Tinubu had enough time to prepare. He was even praised for taking the initiative of setting up a team to draw up an action plan.

“His inauguration speech was excellent, showing clarity of thought and evidence of insight. But what went wrong? Could it be the fish in water syndrome which, out of water, just bobs and bobs? The future, the very near future would tell.”

Ayobolu told the gathering comprising three ex-commissioners for Information and Strategy, among other media practitioners and scholars.

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The former CPS said most of the critics were not bothered that the problems were the inheritance from years of military neglect and misrule and could thus not be resolved instantaneously or magically.

Happily, he said the Tinubu administration rose to the occasion and set a standard in governance that has been difficult to beat across the country.

Also, Adeyemi announced the setting up of a foundation, Fola Adeyemi Foundation, to train indigent journalists.

He broke the cheery news at his 60th birthday and retirement from the state civil service.

During the launching of his book, titled: The Dynamics of Public Information Management: Memoirs of A Veteran Public Affairs Manager, Adeyemi said the proceeds from the book would go to the National Association for Women Journalists (NAWOJ).

The former commissioner said the foundation is his way of giving back to the society and journalism, which was instrumental to his rise and successes.

He made an instant donation to the foundation and promised to make the gesture a yearly affair.

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Adeyemi said this would ensure that indigent journalists get the requisite training to excel in their profession.

The foundation has representatives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and NAWOJ on the board that will administer its fund.

Updated: September 3, 2019 — 9:21 am

21 Comments

  1. That’s the struggle and huddle they all face so they thought it would be an easy task

  2. That is how it should be it is good for people to know the value of their work.

  3. That’s d struggle bro, When you were there the experience wasn’t night mere until now… Nigerian politics

  4. hmm this is just a rumor and fory tells you can tell that to the birds

  5. It’s a piece of advice to anyone opportune to be in service for the people. Success await anyone who have understanding of being a leader

  6. i believe people should know the value of any job ,and as they are doing those jobs with motivation and trust so that people around will be happy working with you without causing them nightmare or frustrate their lives.

  7. What’s the nightmare all about, did he see a ghost or did one give him a nock

  8. Even Tinubu admitted that his first 100days in office were nightmares ,our present governors would never admit to such even if they were the worst

  9. Thanks you so much about the information admin i like the update please keep it up admin ………..

  10. Nigerian politics is not stable and consistent that is the reason why it is nightmare for some and paradise for others..
    I am sure it wasnt a nightmare for your colleagues it was for you..

  11. All I look forward to is a great and better Nigeria where Nigerians will be proud of being called Nigerians.

  12. Thank God for you.
    Keep up the good works, you will be remembered in history

  13. i believe people should know the value of any job ,and as they are doing those jobs with cheerfulness ,motivation and trust and people around will be happy working with you without causing them nightmare or frustrate their lives

  14. thank God for that because i believe it is what has kept other administrations on their toes

  15. thank God you have already had a taste of his actions… which he is currently doing yo Nigeria as a whole

    1. I am wondering what he is doing to stop it because the nightmare still continues for others..

  16. That’s the struggle and huddle they all face so they thought it would be an easy task

  17. That is very good of him, if we can have their types the country will be developed than this.

  18. The occasion was the celebration of the 60th birthday and retirement from the state civil service of a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Folarin Adeyemi.

  19. That’s the beauty of politics. When you were there the experience wasn’t night mere until now… Nigerian politics

  20. Of a truth those days where really times when we lived in fear of the unknown due to Armed robbery and preventable outbreak of diseases in Lagos state.

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