Following president Muhammadu Buhari’s latest COVID-19 address on Monday night, Nigerians have taken to social media challenging the president to prove his American counterpart Donald Trump wrong that he is not ‘lifeless’ and hold a live broadcast where journalists can also ask him questions.
This is the third time the Nigerian President has addressed the nation on the looming COVID-19 pandemic and so far, none of his addresses have been live or before a press body, a sharp contrast to what Donald Trump and many other heads of state across the world have been doing in this pandemic.
Popular among those who made such a request is the aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri who said that COVID-19 addresses are supposed to be a dialogue between the government representatives and pressmen and not a monologue like the president has been doing.
“General @MBuhari’s speech was not live. It was recorded. What is the president afraid of? Why cant he have a live briefing and take questions from journalists? He just reads what is handed to him. #Coronavirus response requires a dialogue, not a monologue,” @renoomokri tweeted.
Reno added, “In conclusion, I urge General @MBuhari to prove @RealDonaldTrump wrong by ensuring that his next broadcast to the nation is not as ‘lifeless’ as his last 2. If he can’t improve, then he may as well program a robot. A robot will do a better job than Buhari!”
Another Twitter user called SirH74741, “All this are recorded and edited videos. I’m ashamed of this country, how did we get here? I can’t even hear what buhari is saying.”
The highlight of the president’s address yesterday was relaxation of the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun as from May 4.