By Wilson Adekumola
The former aide of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has been appointed as the Executive Vice Chairman of The Sun Newspaper and he will resume office on September 1, 2023.
Mr Adesina, who had served as the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper before his appointment as presidential spokesperson , told The Crest in an interview on 26 May, his last working day, about the new appointment approved by the company’s founder, Orji Kalu, a senator.
“I came from The Sun newspaper. I was the MD/Editor-in-Chief (of the publishing company). And when I wanted to leave, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu said ‘Don’t resign. You may get to the government and you don’t like it. You can always come back. Or, you may get to the government and stay eight years; you can always come back. I’m going to make you the Executive Vice Chairman of the company.’ Not only did he say it, he issued me the letter. Yes, I have the letter”, Mr Adesina said in the interview.
According to Senator Orji Kalu, the long duration to start the new job is to allow Mr Adesina “enjoy a well-deserved rest having been unable to go on leave throughout the eight years he served as the ex-President’s spokesman.”
Reports revealed that the former presidential aide intends to go to “a quiet place somewhere in the world to write his memoirs”.
Mr Adesina became Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the ex-President Buhari on 31 May, 2015. He had served as the president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.