After more than three months spent in London, the Nigerian head of state takes over the reins of power. In opposition as in civil society, the reactions are mixed after the speech that the convalescent president addressed to his nation, Monday, August 21 on television and on social networks.
After the speech to the nation broadcast on Monday, August 21, Muhammadu Buhari met in camera his vice president Yemi Osinbajo. He then exchanged with some of his advisers, then retired to his private residence.
Obviously, the Nigerian head of state applied the advice of one of his relatives. Nasir El Rufai, governor of the state of Kaduna, claimed Monday, on different Nigerian media, ” fewer visitors to the presidential palace .” According to him, President Buhari must ” preserve his energy to exercise his function “.
After his message to the nation, supporters of Muhammadu Buhari welcomed his call for unity from Nigeria. Atiku Abubakar, one of the leaders of the presidential majority, called on Nigerians to “support the future actions of the head of state”.
“A missed opportunity”
Opponents and members of civil society were less convinced. On her blog, Femi Fani-Kayode, of the People’s Democratic Party, criticizes the Nigerian president for ” a little inspiring, clearing and threatening speech”. Oby Ezekwesili, one of the founders of the “Bring Back Our Girls” movement, evokes “a missed opportunity”.
I can give an instant Citizen's feedback to President @MBuhari that his Speech this morning was a a terrible case of MISSED OPPORTUNITY. ✍️️
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) August 21, 2017
On Monday, after the speech, the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives acknowledged receipt of the letter sent by Muhammadu Buhari. The Head of State is therefore again occupying his presidential chair.
But Femi Adesina, one of her spokespersons, confirmed on Channel TV the continuation of medical checks. And thus the fact that Muhammadu Buhari could again be absent from Nigeria for health reasons