Former aide of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has taken a swipe at Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, who said Nigerians did not trust the immediate past administration.
Adesina had said Nigerians did not protest against the hike in the price of fuel, because they trusted Buhari.
But in a statement on Friday, Omokri said Adesina’s comment was a propaganda.
He claimed that Nigerians did not protest against the fuel price hike by the Buhari administration as a result of fear.
“First of all, it was not Nigerians that rose up again the Jonathan administration when that government increased the price of petrol on January 1, 2012.
“It was actually members of the All Progressive Congress who sponsored the protests,” Omokri said.
“Nigerians have not so soon forgotten how chieftains of the opposition party went to the Gani Fawehinmi freedom park, Ojota, Lagos, where they attracted crowds by inviting top musicians to perform and giving out free food and drinks.
“If anyone cares to Google the pictures of that event, they will see pictures of people who are currently on president Buhari’s media team directing protesters at that event.
“On December 15, 2015, the Nigerian army, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s command, killed 347 unarmed Shi’ite men, women, children and infants and buried them in a mass grave as revealed by the panel of inquiry instituted by the Kaduna state government.
“The excuse given by the military for this massacre was that the Shi’ites had blocked a road during one of their procession and this allegedly affected a trip by the chief of army staff.
“After killing his followers and destroying their place of worship, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the spiritual leader of the Nigerian Shi’ite community, was illegally and unconstitutionally detained and has not been seen or heard of in public since December 15, 2015.
“So when the Buhari administration increased the pump price of petrol, Nigerians wisely reasoned that if the Buhari administration can kill 347 unarmed Shi’ite men, women, children and infants for blocking a road, it would be suicidal to give them an opportunity to do the same thing to them on a wider scale.
“So, Femi should spare us his propaganda and accept the truth that he is the mouthpiece of a murderous regime sustained by propaganda and surviving on corruption,” he added.