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How Buhari appointed CAN chairman Obasanjo once called an ‘idiot’ – Femi Adesina

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Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said his principal honoured an ex-Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Plateau State, Rev Yakubu Pam, whom former President Olusegun Obasanjo called ‘total idiot’..



Adesina, who stated this in a piece on Friday titled, ‘The Priest And The President’, compared how his principal and the former President treated religious leaders.

Buhari’s aide said Obasanjo visited Yelwa-Shendam in Plateau in May 2004 during an ethno-religious crisis that led to bloodbath in the area and met with the different stakeholders.



“During the dialogue session, the then Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Plateau State asked a question the President found offensive. And the Owu man, a retired Army General, flew off the handle. He let out this fusillade:

“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 to have said.


Adesina described as sacrilegious, the comments and reaction of the ex-President whose middle name is Matthew.

“For a Matthew to call a preacher an idiot, “a total idiot?” It was sacrilege walking on two legs. And again, for a President, who laid claim to being a born again Christian, to denigrate the association of his own faith? It was the height of it,” he said.

The Presidential aide said Buhari recently appointed Rev Pam as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, the regulatory body for Christian pilgrimage in the country.




“A tale of the priest and two Presidents. Publicly flagellated by one, a Matthew, and now, honored by the other, a Muhammadu. What Rev Pam didn’t get from a Christian, he got from a Fulani man from Daura, a Muslim. Is there any lesson we can learn from this? Think about it.”

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