President Muhammadu Buhari has finally returned to Nigeria from his medical trip in the U.K. President Buhari was welcomed by a large entourage of governors, senators and the public. Buhari had been out of the country for more than three months being treated for an undisclosed ailment.
This morning, in what looked like a pre-recorded video, Buhari addressed the nation in a broadcast that lasted for less than six minutes. Buhari’s address did not touch on the economy, or on the state of the nation, neither did he address the ongoing indefinite strike by the academic staff throughout the country.
In reaction to the president’s address, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and convener of Bring Back Our Girls campaign Dr Oby Ezekwesili said on Twitter, “I can give an instant Citizen’s feedback to President @MBuhari that his Speech this morning was a a terrible case of MISSED OPPORTUNITY.” This opinion is one that’s been shared by many Nigerians across the country, many of whom tuned to listen to the broadcast.
In his speech, Buhari addressed his distress in how Nigerians used social media, saying that “some of the comments, especially on social media, have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.”
Buhari’s constant disappointment has however earned him more critics over time, mostly on social media. Questions on Buhari’s health status and his capacity to run the country efficiently still linger. Protests demanding for the president to resume his duties or resign were staged in Abuja, even when the protesters who were led by Charly Boy, were attacked.
President Buhari’s fight against corruption and his urge for transparency are contradictory to the undisclosed state of his health and the hidden nature of his ailment. Nigerians have however been more lenient with Buhari than they were with the former president Goodluck Jonathan. Many Nigerians have charged Buhari to work on the health sector as promised.