*Nigeria’s President Buhari
After Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora had mounted serious pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to talk to them as his counterparts in other climes are providing update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the aged president has finally agreed to talk. Information from his media adviser has it that Buhari will eventually make a radio and television broadcast to the nation at 7:00p.m. today.
Mr. Femi Adesina, the Media Adviser to the President, who has been managing Nigerians with all sorts of stories that do not add up why the president has not spoken to Nigerians in a statement enjoined television, radio and other electronic media outlets to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively for the broadcast.
It is on record that leaders of other nations provide almost a daily update on the pandemic and providing leadership and rallying their citizens on why everybody needs to pull together in one direction to ensure that the pandemic is contained. But in the case of Nigeria, silence had been the word for Buhari, which has also fueled widespread condemnation for the him and his All Progressive Congress (APC) government.
It was when the criticism became so severe that Adesina appeared on Channels Television to further ridicule the government by claiming that the fact that Buhari is not talking to Nigerians is a matter of leadership style – an argument that did not go down well with discerning minds in the country.