PDP chieftain blast critics of Femi Adesina

The message that has been widely criticised reads “Merry Christmas to all, including the Wailing Wailers.”

Doyin Okupe

Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan during his administration, Doyin Okupe has thrown his weight behind Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, following the Christmas message of the posted by Femi on Twitter.

A lot of Nigerians found the tweet by the Special Adviser to be offensive and uncalled for.

In an interesting twist, Doyin Okupe on his Facebook page showed support for Adesina, defending Femi, Doyin Okupe said Nigerians merely misinterpreted Adesina’s message.

In his words, "I am not an apologist of this administration neither am I a supporter.

"The post by Femi Adesina this morning is totally harmless and does not deserve the vitriolic attack or condemnation that it seems to be getting.

"I have not spoken to Femi but I know he included ‘including the wailing wailers’ just as a form of anecdote that is not unusual with Writers. Many people on the social media network are too intemperate and over sensitive.

"They look out for faults and loopholes to bring down people in public offices. They also set up unrealistic and sometimes practically impossible moral grounds which they themselves cannot keep for public officers.

"I know for a fact that people like me are supposed to be the ‘wailing wailers’ and we are not angry neither do we feel insulted by this otherwise humorous Xmas greetings.

"On behalf of the wailers we salute femi and thank him for this inconclusive Xmas felicitation.

Interestingly, the comment by the ex-media aide did not seem to go down well with some Nigerians as Doyin Okupe has also been criticized alongside Femi who posted the purported " offensive Christmas message".

Reactions have flowed in as some Nigerians have regarded the post by the presidential aide on Twitter as being rude, unruly and not in line with the critical position he holds, others however, have been able to identified with the literary quality of the words.

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