A second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Muhammed, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s independence day speech. According to the former lawmaker, Mr. President’s speech was not realistic and that some of the claims made by Buhari with regards to his policies were not true.
The Northern elder who spoke to with Punch noted that if Buhari was articulate, the speech would have been an “avenue to mobilise and regain the confidence of the people.
“Frankly speaking, the speech is not realistic. There is nothing and there was nothing meant to be spectacular or unique about the speech of the 57th anniversary.
“It is celebratory. Where we have a leader who is articulate or is in a firm control of the government, the speech could have been an avenue to mobilise and regain the confidence of the people.
“As far as I am concerned, there is nothing in the speech to energise, galvanise or persuade me.
“The government muddled up a speech that should be about matters of national importance with personal reminiscences of being a young officer. This romantic lamentation does not have a place in this speech.
“Some of the claims the President made were clearly dishonest. For example, he claimed that his agricultural policies have been a success. As far as I am concerned, that cannot be true because I don’t even know the policies.
“If I don’t, I am sure millions of other Nigerians don’t know too. When you see the functionality of a policy, you know it is working.”
Many have also faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day speech to Nigerians for either being empty, sectional or lacking in imagination.
Groups like the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, faulted the speech for indicting Igbo leaders over the escalation of the Biafra agitation.
Human rights activist and constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, also faulted the speech for not being good enough ad disappointing.He described the speech as “disappointing” Ozekhome noted that President
Ozekhome noted that President Buhari left the real issues for trivialities, wondering why the Commander-in-Chief failed to say a word on the threats issued against the Igbo by the Arewa youths.
He added that Mr. President’s perceived hatred for the Igbos again manifested in his national broadcast.
Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, which also faulted his speech claimed that Mr. President’s stance on the call for restructuring of the country is an indication that he is confused over the issue.
President Buhari has in his Independence speech said irresponsible groups had hijacked the restructuring debate.
Afenifere, in its reaction, said Buhari must make a clear distinction between restructuring with that for the breakup of Nigeria and work towards rescuing the country from imminent collapse.