Leaker Of Buhari’s COVID-19 Speech ‘Answering For His Evil Actions’ – Adesina
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has said the individual who leaked the speech of President Muhammadu Buhari on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been caught and is providing answers to investigators.
Adesina stated this in a piece entitled: “Enemies of the state”, which was published on Thursday.
There was outrage from Nigerians on Monday after a draft speech of President Buhari on the lockdown imposed on Lagos and Ogun states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) leaked out hours before his broadcast.
The draft speech had indicated that the President will extend the lockdown in the three locations, but had 2 May as the date of the expiration of the lockdown rather than 4 May as announced by the President in the broadcast.
Adesina described the unidentified individual who leaked the information as an enemy of Nigeria, adding that the person is now “answering for his evil actions”.
“President Muhammadu Buhari was to broadcast to the country by 8 p.m, to give an update on the battle against COVID-19, and what becomes of the lockdown that had lasted four weeks, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States. Kano was also a point of heavy interest, with the strange deaths ravaging the state. Was it COVID-19 or not?
“As the country waited for the President with great expectations, a purported copy of the broadcast began to circulate on social media from about 4 p.m. Whodunnit?
“I took a look at the circulating document, and within one minute, I knew that it was a rogue copy. What immediately gave it away was the paragraphing. It was completely different from the one I had been part of producing, and which had been recorded for broadcast by the President.
“If the person that leaked the unedited draft of the broadcast had access to more sensitive national documents, he would do the same thing. If he cottons on information that could sell Nigeria to the enemy, he would gladly do it. Thou art in the midst of foes, watch and pray.
“Igbo people speak of the proverbial lizard that ruined his own mother’s funeral. That was what the hidden hostile hand did. But he forgot that in these days of technology, almost everything leaves a trail. Before the end of that evening, computer evidences had narrowed down the suspect, and he was already answering for his evil action,” Adesina wrote.