Former President Muhammadu Buhari’s former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed on Wednesday that the ex-President has expressed regret over certain decisions made during his tenure and believes that he could have handled certain matters more effectively.
Adesina, addressing an audience in Osogbo, noted that such self-reflection is a natural aspect of being human.
The former presidential spokesperson shared insights during his participation in a program titled ‘Media Dialogue with Femi Adesina,’ which was organized by the Association of Veteran Journalists in Osun State.
He mentioned that prior to leaving office, President Buhari engaged in a two-hour conversation with him, during which he posed a wide range of inquiries.
“There is no living human being that will not regret certain things. It is one of the questions I asked the President.
“Before we left office, I sat with him for about two hours and I asked him every question under the sun; there was no question I didn’t ask him. There were things he (Buhari) felt could have been done better,” Adesina said.
He, however, defended Buhari’s controversial naira redesign policy, saying it was for the good of the nation.
“You will recall that even during that time, there was no kidnapping. I remember some people went to kidnap an APC chairman or is it secretary in Kano. After holding him for three days and nobody was calling to ask how much they will collect because there was no cash, they just slapped him three times and told him to go.
“Even kidnappers were out of business because there was no naira and do you know that we have a cleaner election because of that policy?
“Nine serving governors couldn’t go to the Senate. They contested but lost. Have you ever seen a governor who will contest an election and will not win? But because there was no money to spread around, they couldn’t win. The policy was not bad in its entirety. There were issues with it but it was not bad in its entirety,” he said.