While it’s understandable that a president of a country needs sound minds to manage his media unit, having six media aids in a country that’s battling with its economy is an act of extravagance.
In President Muhammadu Buhari media team are 1) Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, 2) Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, 3) Special Assistant on Digital and New Media, 4) Personal Assistant on Broadcast Media, 5) Personal Assistant on New Media and, of recent, 6)Special Assistant on Social Media.
What about Personal Assistant on Newspaper? Or Senior Personal Assistant on Magazine?
If Mr. Femi Adesina serves as the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu serves as Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, and a renowned blogger Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi manages the Digital and New Media, others-broadcast media, new media, and social media-are a component.
It’s not too much for the president to have three people advising and specially assisting him on media and publicity, and digital/new media, maintaining more than that in an economic hard time like this is against the motto of this administration, “Change Begins with me.”
The change should begin with the president. He must prune his many media aids whose responsibilities are overlapping.
Good enough, Femi, Garba, and Ogunlesi are the best media hands any political office holder can have.
Six media aids, uneconomic.
Three media aids, economic.