Adesina said this in a recent interview with Naija Standard when he was asked why President Buhari has not ordered EFCC to investigate Rotimi Amaechi and Abbah Kyari who are both ministers and have been accused of corrupt practices.
“President Buhari does not direct the EFCC. He maintains a critical distance from all the anti-graft agencies, and does not dictate to them. So, if any Minister has a tidy case built against him, the EFCC does its job without waiting for directives from the President”, he said.
When you received offer from President Buhari to serve in your present capacity, what were the virtues you saw in him that drew you to accept the appointment?
Let me say that I had always admired Muhammadu Buhari since he was a military head of state. I admired his discipline, his integrity, forthrightness, and simplicity. The things he represented just resonated with my lifestyle, maybe because I grew up under a father who also stood for such things. It was, therefore, my worst day when Buhari was overthrown in 1985. I believed Nigeria had missed an opportunity to be great, and one was proven right.
When Buhari joined partisan politics in 2002, I was quite glad. As a journalist who wrote a weekly column, I supported him in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015, when he won the presidential election. I had never wanted to work in government, but when I got an invitation to serve as Special Adviser on Media, I accepted because it was Buhari. With any other person, my answer would have been a flat no. President Buhari’s integrity, transparency, simplicity, and patriotism were the things that brought me into government.