When the Goodluck Jonathan administration was in power, certain prominent Nigerians were very vocal.
Some of them carried on as if they were official spokespersons of the government, while others were always on hand to issue threats to those who oppose the government or its policies.
A number of them threw caution to the wind in their utterances and carried on as if they were untouchable because of their closeness to the then government.
The moment the Muhammadu Buhari administration came on board last year, these individuals recoiled back to their shells and have practically kept mute ever since.
NAIJ.com lists five prominent Nigerians who have gone kept their calm since President Buhari came on board.
1. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was very vocal during the Jonathan era. A former national president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Oritsejafor was always in the news, adding his voice to public discourse, engaging in public policy debates and most notably defending the then president.
The cleric has since gone quiet since Buhari became the number one occupant of Aso Rock.
2. Asari Dokubo
Known as Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo in his inner circles, the former Ijaw Youth Council president and former militant leader, was so vocal that his comments always made headlines in major newspapers. Dokubo was always quick to come to the defence of the Jonathan administration on any issue.
He also went as far as threatening those opposed to the government and at some point vowed to initiate the break-up of Nigeria. He has been initiate the break-up of Nigeria. He has been Missing in Action since Buhari came to power.
3. Chief Edwin Clark
He always referred to the former president as his son. Chief Clark was so relevant that those who needed direct access to Jonathan went through him. He was also very vocal at the time, with his penchant for playing the ethnic card whenever public opinion swayed against the former president.
4. Chief Tony Anenih
After Jonathan fell out with his political god-father and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, the Bayelsa born lecturer-turned-politician practically adopted Chief Anenih as his god-father. Anenih on his part, repaid the trust bestowed on him by always shielding the president from political arrows thrown at him by the opposition. At different times, he came to the defence of Jonathan at different public fora.
The former minister of works also showed his love for Jonathan by resigning as the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees chairman for the former president to head the position after the elections. He has since gone underground since Buhari replaced Jonathan.
5. Mike Omeri
The former boss of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) is the perfect example of how not to behave in public office. Omeri was carried away in his quest for relevance and practically became the unofficial spokesman of the Jonathan administration.
He abandoned his duties as the head of NOA and was clearly partisan, hobnobbing with the powers that be. He has since been sacked and has gone out of circulation.
6. Marilyn Ogar
The controversial former spokesperson of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) has gone into hiding after she was compulsorily retired from service following investigation into allegations of bribery and professional misconducts against her.
Ogar was known for her careless statements which portrayed the DSS as a partisan organisation. Nothing has been heard from her since she left public service.