Review of President Buhari’s speech.

Written by   on   Aug 22, 2017 / 19 Comments

 

 

It is no longer news that the President is back. Indeed the Lion is back to his home soil sending all the hyenas and jackals into hiding. This comes after spending 66% of the year abroad. We will look at the salient point raised by Mr President and the impact of words not said.

  1.     “I am pleased to be back on home soil to my brothers and sisters”

 

Mr President can only be too pleased he was able to afford and access foreign medical care viz a viz his ‘brothers’ who die daily in local hospitals due to lack of basic health amenities. For a President who rode on the wings of banning medical tourism especially for public office holders, it is appalling that he has spent a greater part of this year attending to his failing health in a foreign hospital. There has been no improvement in the health sector for as long as I can remember. The 2016 budget allocated N3.6bn to the state house clinic, yet our dear leader earlier travelled for 50days to treat an ear infection. Even the ever-striking doctors are weary of their incessant industrial action which has become a meaningless bulldog bark.

  1.      “But I was distressed to notice 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”

The thing about the placement of this statement is that it shows what is important to Mr President. For someone who abandoned his duty post for 103 days to be first perturbed about negative comments on social media leaves a lot to be desired. He should be concerned I agree but the concern should be that he is failing Nigerians and indeed all those who voted him in 2015.

I guess we should start by questioning what our red lines are. What does the phrase ‘collective existence as a nation’ mean? The President and his bunch of speech writers must know that we are no longer in military era where bogus words which have no meaning are used in speeches. Every line and every word must resonate with us, the electorate.

What I consider a step too far is the recommendation by the National Council on Information (NCI) to set up a council to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria. The President must recognise that he won the election largely because of social media.

  1.     “In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united”

I cannot fathom why on earth Mr President had to mention Ojukwu’s name in a national speech that has nothing to do with Biafra. It is often said that what is not said is often as important what is said. Linking point 2 and 3 together, it can read thus; I have been hearing of the IPOB agitation on social media and it threatens our national unity but then even your erstwhile leader chose Nigeria over your struggle. (Paraphrased by me).

While it might be true that Ojukwu visited Daura, I wonder why it appears on a welcome back speech. Why it is so important for Mr President to inform a country of over 250 ethnic groups that an Igbo man spent two days in his place- for this is what it is, a sub (an ethnic sub).

  1.     “We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble, and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance”

The President Buhari continues to play the 5% pawn game with this statement. In a diverse nation such as Nigeria, it is imperative that National leaders are seen as not having ethnic bias but not so with Mr President. Earlier in his speech, he lauded Chief Ojukwu for his nationalist views and in the same speech, he disses him for seeking asylum in Ivory Coast after the civil war. The President like his many media aids has indeed become a king in this shade throwing business. In saying that every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere without hindrance, Mr Buhari has neither condemned the threat by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum nor has he assured the Igbo’s living in the North of security come October 1st.

  1.       This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.

If above statement is indeed true, why did the Police throw tear-gas at the Resume or Resign campaign party? Why are we fighting social media? Why was the confab report thrown out of the window? If we must be a federation, we must indeed adopt the tenets of true federalism.

  1.     Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of economic security, political evolution and integration, as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

The speech ended without addressing any fundamental issue. How do we come together to 'eschew petty differences'; more bogus words peharps? Mr President, the 97% who voted you in did that so you could face the challenge of economic security.

Emphatically, I beg to understand, what is the challenge of political evolution? Is political evolution and integration now a problem?

It is sad that this speech failed to give us pointer as to the direction the nation is heading with nothing critical being addressed except the deep hatred for social media. Is he not aware of ASUU strike? Are we out of recession yet?

I chose to neglect the fact that the President addressed us as "My dear citizens" and not "my fellow citizens". By so doing, he has elevated himself to height where we can only relate as Subject and Ruler. Not so Mr President, this is not George Orwell's animal farm. 

A seasoned writer like Mr Femi and his team needs to know what they are up against. We are no longer in the age and time when Nigerians swallow whatever we are served. Accountability and right leadership must be demanded from our leaders.

 Chizzy Odilinye

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Comments (19)

Aug 24, 2017

HMC+

This is a masterstroke... I just hope the President’s handler will get to see this brazing response to their shameful display called media chat. God bless you Richly Chizzy. I see Hope, I see Glory

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Aug 23, 2017

Onochie

This is a general problem with Nigerian politicians...so quick to talk in general terms with all the usual cliches without saying anything specific. I will prefer a leader that will point to our collective achievements with facts. And where there are no concrete achievements yet, I will prefer a leader who can tell where we are going, how we will get there and show what we are doing to get there.

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Aug 25, 2017

Chizzy

I just watched a documentary on the President of Tanzania. You need tovwatch it to understand again what the word direction means


Aug 23, 2017

Chisom

Lol. I can 'feel' your anger rolling all over my skin from here, sis. My preferred stance on this speech is a "What was that?!! But anyway let's watch and see" one. What I don't understand though is those who go around with the Aso-guardian-angel chip on their shoulder, abusing other people for airing their views. Ogbeni, talk ya own! Well articulated, darling ... jisie ike.

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Aug 25, 2017

Chizzy

For how long will we keep 'watching and seeing'


Aug 22, 2017

Francis

Well Am not Surprised at the Whole Nollywood Drama that is Happening. I never really expected nothing more that what he is offering now because he is just exhibiting the outcome of a naive person finding himself in a place he knows nothing about. Just watch out for the Continuation of the Drama. Less I forget, Presidential Rodent Episode Loading..... Sit Back, Take A Chilled Drink and Enjoy the Show while it last.

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Aug 22, 2017

Nonny

I remember tweeting that "should this presidentialbroadcast be equated to sex, that President Buhari is a 2mins man". This is so because he was only interested his opinion(satisfaction) against that of about 180m of other Nigerians. Buhari has elevated himself( although not something new) to the status of emperor and this gets worse daily. Let me pick point 2 and 3 for my analysis. In point 2, just because he finds activities of social media distressing to him he should then gaggle and lock social media. And in point 3, what he discussed in his house with Ojukwu( when he was ordinary Nigerian like everyone of us) should stand against the grievances of 180m people. Sometimes I wonder how we deliberately chain ourselves with this menace...it is actually pathetic. But I hope Nigerians will learn a bitter lesson from this

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Aug 22, 2017

Scad

We still have a long way to go. In the TV series "Scandal", President Fitzgerald was shot and was hospitalized. It wasn't even up to a week the vice President was already making plans to replace him on the ground that he (the President) was incapacitated. Her reason? She's only answerable to the "American people", and that that point, neither the hospitalized President, nor his wife nor the cabinet's members opinion mattered.

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Aug 22, 2017

Mo'Rain

The summary of the situation of the country is in one word: pathetic! It's choking, like there's dire need of fresh air. Nicely put analysis.

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Aug 23, 2017

CHIZZY

It's choking indeed. Unfortunately both the Breath of fresh air and the Change sgents have all failed us


Aug 22, 2017

Nkem

Well, I didnt border my self to listen to his speech. I only read it the way I have just read just. The truth is dont expect anything from him. There is nothing to offer. The Cábals are incharged. My pain is gullible youth still singing the praise of a failure with a shout of Baba Oyoyo. The disgraceful was the youngest Governor declearing a public holiday for some one who can not provide just primary health care for his country. Indeed we have a long way to go. I have asked this question, who caused our leaders? Chizzy I must commend you for this analysis . It is a sign that we still have youth, who has not sold their conscience for a pot of pottage and also can still think upright. Please keep it up.

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Aug 22, 2017

Ipod

It's stuff like this that make me wanna dissociate from the Zoogerians. In saner climes, the president should first disclose the ailment that has kept him away for over 3months. I also wonder why the Senate hadn't even uttered a word about impeachment.... I have more to say but I'm too pissed off to utter.

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Aug 23, 2017

Chizzy

The president has reiterated that our union is non negotiable

Aug 22, 2017

Jokes

Exactly!! What baffles me the most is that we've not been told what ailment is being treated with OUR money!!

Aug 22, 2017

Anonymous

Exactly!! What baffles me the most is that we've not been told what ailment


Aug 22, 2017

#Iam ugo

This is what we get when we elect a clueless leader. He's still stuck in the 80's and military era. I fear for Nigeria .

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Aug 23, 2017

Chizzy

May our fears yield change


Aug 22, 2017

Chuks

A lot has been said about the pedestrian speech of Mr. President, but Chizzy has elevated the discourse by presenting point by point analysis of that very unfortunate speech. This is how things are done in saner climes. However I must note that speech writers write to ,inform, deflate and rally the masses to the leader, they also inform the leader on the best and most diplomatic way to pass off tough decisions without derision. This speech is not just a manifestation of the ineptitude of Mr President's handlers but a sad reflection of the divisive, inflexible and archaic tendencies of Mr President himself who is still stuck in the 1980s mindset and this is a horror movie we are living. We must not keep quiet but must continue to question these yesterday's leaders on every issue including the so called non negotiability of Nigeria's unity.

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Aug 23, 2017

Chizzy

Well said Chuks. I can't add anything to it


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