Briefing Nigerians is not Buhari’s style, says Presidency

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, has defended the decision of the President Buhari not to address Nigerians daily amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

Adesina said on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Thursday that it wasn’t Buhari’s “style” to brief Nigerians.

The President’s aide said this while responding to a question on why the President has not been briefing Nigerians the way other world leaders engage their citizens.

He said the minister for health and the minister of state for health were already briefing Nigerians daily and when the President gives a job to someone to do, “he leaves them to do it”.

On why the President doesn’t brief Nigerians, he said, “It is a matter of style. If you go back to school, you will remember in stylistics class, we were told that style is idiosyncratic which means it differs from person to person.

“The style that ‘A’ adopts may not be the style that ‘B’ adopts and there is no style that you can call ‘the style’ for everybody. So, everybody is at liberty to adopt a style that suits him.

“The style our President has adopted is to set up a Presidential task force headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation which briefs regularly. You have the health minister who briefs. You have the minister of state for health who briefs. You have the NCDC which also briefs. There is no lack of information.”

When asked why the President didn’t delegate during the 2019 Presidential campaigns, Adesina said campaigns could not be compared to running a country.

Adesina said, “They are incommensurate. Campaign is campaign. This, you cannot parallel with a campaign. You cannot compare it with a day to day affair of the country. If it becomes imperative for the President himself to speak, he will speak. But the President’s style is when he gives you an assignment, he leaves you to do it.”

On the health status of the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, the President’s spokesman said he could not reveal it because it would be unethical.

He said he had not seen Kyari for days and he could only vouch for the health status of the President.



– Punch

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