The presidency says former president Olusegun Obasanjo would have insulted Nigerians demanding for presidential broadcast.
The special adviser to President Muhammad Buhari on media and public affairs, Femi Adesina stated this on Friday via a Facebook post.
Many Nigerians have criticised president Buhari for not speaking to the citizens as frequent as he should, noting that he cares less about happenings in the country, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aside from his usual ceremonial broadcasts, the president has only had two presidential media chats since the inception of his administration in 2015.
But Adesina in a rebuttal, dismissed this views, adding that former President Olusegun Obasanjo would have insulted those criticising him.
He said, “You know what? If it was former President Olusegun Obasanjo that had come under the ‘you must talk to us ’ barrage like that, and on live television, he would have first cleared his throat noisily, adjusted himself in his seat, and then bellowed: ‘And who are you, that I must talk to you? I say who the hell are you?
“Who is your father? Who is your father ’s father that you are commanding me to talk to you? Were you born when we fought a civil war to keep this country together? Where was your father when I received the instrument of surrender from the Biafra Forces? Don ’t come here and tell me nonsense. Talk to us, my foot!
“But President Buhari would not upbraid anyone like that . He rather keeps his peace. And some people have now taken liberty for license , till they begin to sound like broken records. Yes, no apologies. That ’s how they sound.
“The fact that you have voted a man into office is not carte blanche for you to lead the man around by the nose. A leader worth his salt would not even submit himself to such cavalier treatment. Definitely not President Buhari. I made that point clear on the programme.”
President Buhari last address to the nation was the broadcast he made in late April while relaxing the lockdown he earlier announced.