A foreign freelance journalist based in Nigeria, Anna Cunningham, and AFP’s Abuja bureau chief, Phil Hazlewood, have both called out Femi Adesina as being incompetent by dismissing Femi Adesina’s claims that the military does not or rarely disclose the figure of its casualties globally.
Adesina, the spokesperson of Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, made the statement on Channels Television. Cunningham and Hazlewood debunked the presidential aide’s claim after Channels Television tweeted the words of Adesina.
Cunningham also responded to a follower who said the links she provided are memorial/archive lists not names of those published as they become casualty on war front. She tweeted: “I have reported on the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The media were invited to cover the funeral services. Those deaths were made known by the MOD with permission from next of kin.”
Adesina wrote for Vanguard Newspapers and National Concord Newspapers before joining the staff of The Sun Newspaper, where he rose to editor-in-chief. He also served a two-year term as president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.
Although re-elected for a second term as Guild president, Adesina stepped down after receiving his government appointment.
He also stepped down as editor-in-chief of The Sun. Adesina was sworn-in as special adviser on media and publicity to Buhari on August 31, 2015 alongside Babachi Lawal, the incumbent Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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