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Nigerians Dare President Buhari to Hold a Live Press Conference if He is Not ‘Lifeless’

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.”

Then @Otuegbe2 said, “When Nnamdi Kanu was saying it that ‘Aso rock is empty’ ‘nobody’s there…’ No president, no Vice President no chief of staff. Nobody wants to listen because it’s Nnamdi Kanu. But the truth is buhari is dead.”

Another by the name @NewtonsJonathan said, “Even Trump respond to questions from journalists during his countless speech, but here in Nigeria it’s called ADDRESS so no one can ask him question. It is what it is.”

Others…

@PrincetonDemien, “All of that makes no sense to Nigerians. That’s not what we all need from unfit President who can’t see what is needed in the country.”

Niltechworld1, “Even a 10 years old could have as well prepared a better address to the public.”

@ChelseaOkezie, “I taught I was the only one that took note of that. His speech was so selective he can’t even address his people with a clear speech.”

@AbuaUnimke, “I wept for Nigeria after listening to @MBuhari address us for 19 minutes. Who did we offend? Who cursed us? Sorrow may endure for a while but joy comes in the morning. Our morning must come in Jesus name amen…”

The highlight of the president’s address yesterday was relaxation of the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun as from May 4.

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