In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Adesina, said expressed optimism on the government’s journey to the “Next Level” in the current second term.
Speaking on the Buhari’s first tenure, Adesina, said that Nigeria is on a trajectory now, and that trajectory would lead you to a better place.
He said: ”That’s what President Buhari has come to do. Nigeria has been badly vandalised and when that kind of vandalism has happened, you don’t just snap your fingers or wave a magic wand, and things will turn to normal.
“You have to reset the foundation, and after resetting the foundation, you start to build on it. I want to believe that, in the first term, he has reset the foundation, and he is building on it. He will consolidate on that structure during the second term. By the time he finishes in 2023, Nigeria will be in a far better state than he met it.”
In his first term, it took the president months to announce his ministers, which led people to say he was slow to act. Is he as slow as perceived when making decisions?
Adesina debunked the insinuation that Buhari is slow in making decision, adding that the handover documents should have been given to him some days in advance for him to study.
He said: No, he wasn’t what they think. He took over on May 29, and, by November, he had appointed ministers, because of the peculiarities of that time. Now, those peculiarities are not there.
So, it is not going to be the same thing. In 2015, there were no proper handover documents. It was hurriedly done. The handover documents should have been given to him some days in advance for him to study.
“It was not properly handed to him at the right time. When he came to power, the level of degradation was mind-boggling. Everything was degraded: the civil service, the economy, excess crude account, foreign reserve, everything! So, he needed to replan; that was why it took him time”