The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has disclosed that he received curses and messages from hell due to “false” reports that he was against the #EndSARS protests.
Adesina, who is the President’s most senior spokesman, said this in an article titled, ‘An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
He said an online medium had falsely accused him of telling the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
The President’s spokesman said someone went ahead to post his telephone numbers on social media which led to him receiving calls and hate messages.
Adesina stated that he received a second round of attacks when an old interview he had granted Channels Television on the ‘Revolution Now’ protests was twisted to make it appear as if he was referring to the #EndSARS protests.
The President’s spokesman thanked Channels TV for clarifying the interview but said despite the move by the television station, the attacks did not stop.
He wrote, “Those who wanted to, believed the television station. A large number chose not to, and bombarded my phone lines with curses, expletives, and messages from the pit of hell. Well, if anybody chooses to belong to that nether region, it’s a matter of choice.
“Talking about the bombardment of my phone lines, it had begun on Sunday. A hateful mind had published my two numbers on Twitter, urging people to troll me. They called till the phone batteries went dead. Mum was the word from me.”
Adesina said he never advised the President to ignore the #EndSARS protests rocking the nation.
He stated that the online medium that published the report did not give him a chance to respond to the allegations thereby opening him to attacks.
Adesina claimed many people hated him because they were envious of his position as the President’s spokesman.