Buhari’s Independence Day speech divisive, uninspiring, says Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of Education, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day broadcast was “divisive” and “uninspiring”.

Ezekwesili, who is very active on the social media, took to her verified twitter handle to express this opinion on Monday.

“So I read OUR President Buhari ‘s #NigeriaAt57 Speech and wondered how our leader could be so divisive and uninspiring on a day like that,” she wrote.

“As one who need not wave my I-Am-A-Proud-Nigerian banner on the faces of honest people, I wish President Buhari had given a leader’s speech.

“Leader of a country belongs to all. There is a high pedestal of a leader that is best deployed for building all. Never divide your people.”

Ezekwesili, however, said she was happy to see Buhari pay a visit to Maiduguri to visit soldiers taking part in the counter-insurgency operations.

“I am definitely one of those delighted to see that our President visited our soldiers at the front-line of battle,” she said.



    “Now that our President’s health is vastly improved -thank God- he should do more domestic travels to connect with all his citizens.

    “A Presidential system makes much of the “personality” of a President and how they leverage it to mobilize, inspire and influence their citizens.

    “Since he became our President in 2015, we have not seen much of that leverage of “the personality of the President” to mobilize and unite.

    “For e.g. as Candidate, President Buhari spoke often about our Internally Displaced People, IDPs. Why has he never considered a visit to them?”

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