How Buhari received “a total idiot” at the Presidential villa by Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said President Mohammadu Buhari, recently received the former Chairman of Christan Association of Nigeria (CAN) Plateau State Chapter, Rev Yakubu Pam who was once described as a total idiot by ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the Spokesman to the President made the remark on Friday in a statement titled “The Priest and the President”. In the statement, Adesina said what Rev Pam didn’t get from a Christian like Obasanjo, he got from a Fulani man from Daura, a Muslim. Is there any lesson we can learn from this? think about it”.

It could be recalled that in May 2004, when death and strife were the order of the day in Yelwa-Shendam, Plateau State, leading to bloodsheed as hundreds of people were killed along religious lines, the then President, Obasanjo accused Rev Pam of inciting violence in his sermon.

“What role have you played to bring about peace as CAN Chairman in Plateau State? CAN, my foot! What kind of CAN Chairman are you? Did your own Christianity teach you about revenge? You are an idiot. A total idiot. And I have no apologies for that”, Adesina quoted Obasanjo as saying then.

The statement reads in part, “Rev Pam is obviously a man of peace. That was why when he was reviled, he reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously, (1 Peter 2:23).”

“How many of us would be called an idiot, a total idiot publicly, and would not talk back? How many of our modern day preachers, who arrogate all sorts of powers and authorities to themselves, would not have cursed Obasanjo publicly, asking him to apologize or be killed by God within seven days? You know, some of these modern preachers speak as if God was their personal property, who they can command and order around.”

“I tell you, this Rev Pam, from Gyel, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State is a reconciliator, a peace advocate, and that is why God has lifted him up today. And not through a Matthew, but a Muhammadu, one against whom all lies under the sun have been told: he’s a religious bigot. A herdsman. A nepotist. Jihadist. Everything.”

“May God forgive those who condemn the person they don’t know, and have refused to know.”

“President Buhari personally congratulated Rev Pam on his appointment as NCPC boss. He encouraged him to continue with his peace building efforts across the country, stressing that no enduring development could be possible without peace”.

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