President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina, has blamed ‘evil forces’ popularly referred to as ‘Aiye’ in Yoruba as the reason for insecurity in the country.
Mr Adesina, who compared Nigeria to Manchester City, an English Premier League (EPL) that recently won the 2020/21 title, said “God will help Buhari to restore” the country. He said in his weekly titled “Lessons for Nigeria from EPL”, on Thursday that “Nigeria will rise. And Aiye would lose.”
“Recall what happened in the 2019/2020 season. Man City was eyeing a treble. Three back-to-back seasons as champions, and a record in English football. But the adversaries knew the record that was to be set, so they arrayed themselves against the team.
“Just as some forces knew the record that was to be achieved by Muhammadu Buhari as Nigerian President, and which he had begun to show since 2015 when he got into office, they positioned themselves against the government.
“Every team, big or small, strong or weak, set its sights on Man City last season, flexed muscles, summoned superhuman skills and strength whenever they were meeting the champions attempting a treble.
“The lesson? When you are high-flying, the centrifugal forces will come against you, and it would only take the grace of God for you to attain.
“Yoruba people call those forces Aiye. When Aiye is on your case, as it was against Man City, and it is against the Buhari government, you need God, and God alone. Aiye (meaning ‘the world,’ if freely translated) is the negative part of mankind. The pernicious, baleful, sly and scheming part of humanity. If Aiye gets on your matter, you need God and God alone.”