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    Tuesday, 22 August 2017

    Buhari’s Speech fails to unite Nigerians – Femi Fani-Kay­ode




    The former Minister of Avia­tion, Chief Femi Fani-Kay­ode, yesterday expressed disappointment over President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast to Nigerians.

    This is even as the Spokesman of Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Bernard Mikko, said that the Bu­hari’s speech signifies his personal­ity and character.

    Fani-Kayode in a statement said that instead of appealing to Nige­rians for patience and understand­ing or apologising to them for the ineptitude and sheer incom­petence that his government has displayed over the last two years, he said, “President Buhari not only insulted Nigerians but also threat­ened them.”

    He said that the President made no attempt to reach out to the people to build bridges and to calm the troubled waters in what is clearly a traumatised and divided nation.

    Instead, Fani-Kadyode said, Bu­hari sought to intimidate and talk down on the people and his per­ceived enemies.

    Femi Fani-Kay­ode

    The former Minister said, “The President appears to have failed to appreciate the fact that times have changed and that he cannot im­pose his will on others.

    ”He claims that his views repre­sent the thinking of the majority of Nigerians, yet he refuses to accept the idea or acknowledge the legitimacy of a national referendum.”

    He advised against use of ‘pro­vocative rhetoric’, and warned that without a quick recourse to the de­volution of power from the centre, the agitation for emancipation will become more pronounced.

    “We must recognise our differ­ences, acknowledge our fears, con­cerns and anxieties, soothe frayed nerves, bridge the gap, make the necessary concessions and heal the wounds or we must prepare for the very worse in the not too distant future”, Fani-Kayode stated.

    However, in the words of Mik­ko, “Every President has a peculiar style or signature trait. For me, the speech signifies his personality and character. If some Nigerians were expecting something differ­ent, they should realise that the major source of disappointment and frustration is expectation.

    “I believe that as he receives fur­ther briefing on the state of the na­tion, he will address them. Fulani herdsmen and other secessionist problems cannot be solved with national broadcast. I also feel the President has substantially com­plied with the relevant provisions of the constitution.”




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