Buhari handlers have deliberately embarrassed him~Junaid Mohammed, Ijaw youths , others
Those behind the idea of releasing the Hausa language voice tape, purportedly conveying President Muhannadu Buhar’s voice to Nigerians as his goodwill message to mark the holiday may not know the embarrassment they had heaped on.their principal. Question has remained : What was in their minds before electing to take to that approach? Here is an excerpt of feelers of opinion leaders following that:
Only Muhammadu Buhari’s aides are in a better position to disclose their aim of releasing his measge from London to.Nigerians in Hausa language . But thete is no doubt that the speech, allegedly from BBC Hausa Service programme, released on Monday HSS continued to be interpreted from various angles.
Many say it beats their imagination that a leader, who knows very well that not all his citizens hear Hausa language would still elect to address them in that selected language , instead of the English lamgusge as the official language of doing business in the country.
Thus, the political class, even from the northern region of Nigeria and average citizen of the country, have not ceased to criticize this policy . They desribed the approach as poor judgment of the mood ofbthr people.
This brings to fore the division within the kitchen cabinet of President, which before the release of his voice on tape to the public nearly tore the officials into fractions.
But some politicians have come out heavily on the release of the message in Hausa language. They describe it a sign of non unity of then country as promoted by the leaders.
Former member of the House of Representatives during the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has described the audio voice of President Muhammadu Buhari as a mere propaganda.
He wondered what the President’s handlers intended to achieve with the audio message.
He stated, “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.’’
Also, the Ijaw Youth Council expressed surprise that Buhari, whom it noted Nigerians had been eager to hear from, spoke in Hausa in his sallah message.
The IYC spokesman, Mr. Henry Iyalla, said, on Sunday, that it would be difficult for Nigerians to agree that the President was actually the person that spoke to Nigerians on the BCC.
Iyala explained that the President should have spoken in English, the official language of the country, adding that it was only English that the entire Nigeria would be able to hear and understand if he was the person who spoke.
Iyalla stated, “He is not only the President of the Hausa, he is also the President of Yoruba, Igbo, Niger Delta and other ethic nationalities.
“We are not really sure that he is the one who really spoke and this has not doused any tension about his health.”
However, the Arewa Consultative Forum said Buhari’s Eid-el-Fitr message was a good development in view of recent happenings in the country.