Lessons from President Buhari’s First Presidential Media Chat.
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January 2, 2016
"President Buhari’s administration was heralded by his inaugural speech. His assertion, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,” endeared him to many people across the world, and also set an optimistic tone for his administration. And that increased the expectation of Nigerians about his administration- the expectation that his government will live up to the philosophy of the change mantra that his party had bandied about during election campaigns."
"No doubt, in few weeks from now, the dust which the presidential media chat has raised will settle. And life will go on. But there are lessons to be learnt from the presidential media chat."
"First, the presidential media chat reveals that President Buhari seems to be ill-informed about crucial policy issues in the country."
"Second, the presidential media chat reveals that the doctrine of separation of powers among the three arms of government- the executive, legislature and judiciary- is threatened under Buhari-led government."
"Third, the presidential media chat further reveals that, although, President Buhari lives in the skin of a progressive leader, he speaks from the mind of a dictator."
"Fourth, the presidential media chat also reveals that President Buhari seems to be in denial of the serious ethnic differences that exist in Nigeria."
"Fifth, on the positive side, the presidential media chat reveals, to a great extent, President Buhari’s sense of purpose to his mission and commitments to fighting corrupt practices, which have distinguished him from the previous administrations."
"Finally, the presidential media chat reveals (once again) the shabby panel discussion that has characterized Nigeria’s presidential media chats in the past."
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