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‘I would have politely turned it down

if it were another government’

Mr. Femi Adesina, Managing Director of The Sun Newspaper is ecstatic about his recent appointment to the Presidency as Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Speaking with ENCOMIUM Weekly in a phone chat on Monday, June 1, 2015, Adesina said, “It is a call to serve one’s country. It feels good. I am not called to serve just any government but it is one I believe in. I am glad to serve. That is a government I believe in. I tell you, if it has been another government I don’t believe in, I would have politely turned down the invitation. That is the truth.  I didn’t think I will serve in government. I didn’t want it. But this is a government I believe in, I am glad to serve.”

His appointment was made official two days after inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The news of his proposed appointment was all over the social media a couple of weeks to the inauguration. Though Adesina didn’t react to the rumour then, he kept mum until his appointment was made official.

Mr. Femi Adesina has been an ardent disciple of the newly sworn in President Buhari. Most of his political articles supported Buhari and his election. Sources disclosed to ENCOMIUM Weekly that these were part of the reasons he was beckoned upon to serve in the new administration coupled with his pedigree in journalism.

Until his appointment, Mr. Femi Adesina was the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Newspapers. He is also the President of Nigeria Guild of Editors. He has 28 years experience in the industry. A prolific writer who started his career at the Vanguard Newspapers as feature writer before moving to the defunct National Concord Newspapers.

He is a pioneer staff of The Sun Newspapers where he became the editor and later the managing director and editor-in-chief.

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