Nigerians on Monday were diverse in their opinions on President Muhammadu Buhari’s first broadcast to Nigerians after a one hundred and four-day medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
While some described the speech as all encompassing, others saw it as lacking in matters that affected Nigerians. An elder statesman and chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, faulted the President’s position that Nigeria’s unity is not open to negotiation, saying its shows that the President is unaware of the country’s mood.
The apex socio-cultural umbrella of Urhobo people, Urhobo Progress Union, also described the broadcast as a mere “thank you address short of concrete plans to address the burning national issues in the country.”
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, said the President missed a golden opportunity to reconnect with the people by not addressing issues that directly affect them. The PDP challenged the president to embark on a new level of thinking in addressing national issues rather than avoiding direct confrontation of issues.
However, the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, said the President spoke the mind of Nigerians in the broadcast.