EID-EL-FITRI: What Nigerians Are Saying About Buhari’s Audio Speech

Yesterday, the British Broadcasting Corporation , BBC aired a minute audio clip of President Mohammed Buhari’s speech in Hausa to Nigerians on the occasion of Eid – el – Fitri, an act to clear all controversies that the President suffers speech impairment and memory loss.

However, Stakeholders across the country have now reacted to the audio message.

While some citizens applauded the supposed act of President Buhari to communicate with Nigerians at this time, some others interpreted the audio speech of the President in Hausa from a different angle.

The Arewa Consultative Forum believes the act of the President was a good one in rejuvenating the hope of Nigerians in him (Buhari) as the contry is on the brink of secession.

The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF , Muhammad Ibrahim revealed that President Buhari ’s audio speech in felicitation of Eid-el-fitri “goes to show the President ’ s belief in one and indivisible entity( country).”

But, many individuals condemned the audio clip of the president.

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political group ,
Afenifere , said Buhari’ s statement derailed from as dressing the concerning issues in the country rather create argument. According to them, the president ought to frankly address the ultimatum of stay by Areas to the Igbo in the north instead of making a ‘flat’ statement.

Afenifere’s spokesman , Yinka Odumakin said:

“The statement is so flat ; it did not
address specific issues on the ground. In view of what is going on in the country now, I would have thought he would have appealed to those, who are issuing notices to quit against some other tribes, to desist from doing such a thing.

He was talking about reckless speeches . What constitute reckless speeches? I think he should have been more specific in terms of what we
are facing now because the country is under stress.”

Odumakin further condemned the President’s speech in his local language, Hausa claiming it to be unwelcome.

“It’s like the Acting President (Yemi) Osinbajo addressing the nation in Yoruba because he is a Yoruba man.

“Addressing the nation at this time in Hausa does not bring inclusiveness . I don’t think it’s good enough for the President of a multi-ethnic
nation to have made a national address in the language spoken by a section of the country,” he noted.

Similary, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, a civil society in Nigeria frowned against President’s speech in Hausa as they term it unadvisable.

The CDHR President , Malachy Ugwumadu,stated that “The lingua franca of Nigeria is not Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba or Ibibio, but English. Therefore, while we appreciate that the President is not in the best of health condition, it is far – fetched that he would communicate on this occasion in a language that is not understood by more than half of the population. That was not well advised.

“This is a heterogeneous society , where we have over 200 languages. I think the President should focus on what unites us rather than what divides us. If he mustered the energy to talk at all, he should talk in a way everyone
would understand . It is not proper. ’’

A former member of the House of Representatives, Dr . Junaid
Mohammed alleged that the audio message was not short of a propaganda coming from Buhari’s handlers.

“Other than propaganda , I wonder what they (President’s handlers) intend to achieve by putting out such an audio clip (message) at this time. The President needs our prayers and we sincerely pray for his quick recovery and safe return”, Mohammad claimed.

Also, the Deputy Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr. Chuks Ibegbu spoke on the trailing audio clip. He doubted the authenticity of the voice recoding and as well envisaged a bad time for the country as he likened Nigeria as a Banana Republic for that which was said to be done by President Buhari.

He said:
“ First of all, we have to ascertain the veracity of the voice because in these days of technology, a lot of things can be cloned, including human voice”, the Ohanaeze spokesman.

“But if it is true that Mr . President addressed Nigerians in a local language , it means something is wrong somewhere.

“I want to believe that the voice is not real , but if it is Mr . President that actually spoke, then, it means that we have descended to the level of a Banana Republic.

“The Federal Government should tell Nigerians whether it is actually Mr . President’s voice, or not.”

“Which message; message to who ; in
what language ? Is Hausa our lingua franca? If Mr. President wants to address us, he should talk to us in English, which is our lingua franca”, he queried.

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