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Buhari’s Aide, Clashes With Broadcaster Over Collapsed National Power Grid

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An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Tolu Ogunlesi and a broadcast journalist, Sandra Ezekwesili have gone head on with each other over the fresh collapse of Nigeria’s national electricity grid.

Recall that, it was reported that the national grid, collapsed on Monday, pushing both the citizens and businesses to groan about due to the outrage in power supply.

Ezekwesili, who is the host of current affairs radio programme ‘Hard Facts’ on Nigeria Info 99.3FM, took to the micro blogging, platform to criticize the Buhari administration over the fresh power grid collapse and how it has worsened epileptic power supply in the country.

“The way the national grid keeps collapsing under this admin, you would think it was one of those men who trekked from Lagos to Abuja to welcome Buhari.

“Every single thing this administration campaigned on, they’ve failed to deliver and some of them, they’ve made worse. Insecurity, poverty, corruption, power, the economy, you name it, they’ve failed at it,” She tweeted on Tuesday.

Reacting to the post,  President Buhari’s special assistant on new media, Tolu Ogunlesi, quoted statistics from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, whilst faulting the journalist over her remarks.

He also shared figures to show that grid collapses in the country have declined from 42 in 2010 to four in 2021, noting that the decline “suggests increasing grid stability. Which doesn’t mean we still don’t have major grid issues, but maybe we’re headed in the right direction.”

He went further to admonish the broadcaster to “help us with some kick-ass journalism here” adding that “There are journalistic responsibilities that cannot be evaded in the name of bants.”

Ezekwesili, however, scolded Ogunlesi for trying to justify the current grid collapse by making comparison to what was obtainable about seven to ten years ago before the Buhari administration came to power.

Their conversation, however degenerated into insults with Ogunlesi saying “a thin-skinned journalist isn’t a good look”, while Ezekwesili described the presidential aide as an “agbaya” .

Below are some of their exchange;