He also appointed Mallam Garba Shehu as Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
In a statement signed by Shehu, the president also approved the appointment of Mallam Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure as the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP).
Adesina, who is the current President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), attended University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
He started his journalism career in Vanguard Newspapers as features writer, from where he joined Concord Newspapers, where he rose to the position of Editor, National Concord.
He joined The Sun from inception and became the pioneer Editor, Daily. He later became Executive Director, Publications, Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief and later Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the company in December 2013.
Adesina was elected president of the NGE in 2013 and re-elected for second term last March.
Shehu served as the Director, Media and Publicity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council. He was the president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors 16 years ago.
Kazaure is a career Foreign Service official and currently serves in Aso Rock Villa as Special Assistant (Presidential Matters).
Reacting to Adesina’s appointment, Publisher of The Sun Publishing Limited and New Telegraph Publishing Limited as well as former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, commended President Buhari for the appointment.
He described Adesina as an advocate of good governance, who believes in objective and balanced journalism, without minding the consequences.
The former governor, in a congratulatory message signed by his Special Adviser, Prince Kunle Oyewumi, said: “The news of Mr. Adesina’s appointment as presidential spokesman did not come to me as a surprise because Adesina has distinguished himself in the media profession and merits the appointment, by all standards.
“Having worked closely with Adesina in The Sun for over 12 years and with his track records of achievements in different capacities and positions, I have no doubt that he will uphold the ethics and ideals of the profession while discharging his duties and responsibilities.”
Kalu said President Buhari should be rest assured that the entire media stakeholders would support the newly appointed media aide in promoting Nigeria’s growing democracy.
While noting that the position of presidential spokesman is sensitive and challenging, he urged Adesina to be steadfast and committed to the new Nigeria project anchored on good governance.
He wished the new media aide a robust success in his new assignment.
Also Kalu congratulated Shehu, who he described as a versatile journalist, who had made a mark in his profession.