– Junaid Mohammed calls Buhari’s Independence day speech dishonest
– The former lawmaker also referred to the Presidents speech as ‘muddled’
Reports from the Punch have shown the reaction of a former lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed to the Independence day speech of President Buhari. Junaid Mohammed who was a lawmaker in the second republic accused President Buhari of lying about his agricultural policies.
Junaid further added that there was nothing unique about the speech and called his personal reminiscing of his young officer days, ‘a romantic lamentation.’
In the words of Junaid Mohammed, “Frankly speaking, the speech is not realistic. There is nothing and there was nothing meant to be spectacular or unique about the speech of the 57th anniversary. “It is celebratory. Where we have a leader who is articulate or is in a firm control of the government, the speech could have been an avenue to mobilise and regain the confidence of the people. “
“As far as I am concerned, there is nothing in the speech to energise, galvanise or persuade me. “The government muddled up a speech that should be about matters of national importance with personal reminiscences of being a young officer. This romantic lamentation does not have a place in this speech. “Some of the claims the President made were clearly dishonest. For example, he claimed that his agricultural policies have been a success. As far as I am concerned, that cannot be true because I don’t even know the policies.”
“If I don’t, I am sure millions of other Nigerians don’t know too. When you see the functionality of a policy, you know it is working.”
In similar news, Chief Mike Ozekhome who is a constitutional and civil rights lawyer, has reacted to the Independence day speech of President Buhari calling it disappointing. According to Vanguard reports, the lawyer criticised the President on grounds of failing to mention more important issues facing his administration in his speech, calling the things he did mention ‘trifles’. Among the issues the lawyer expected the president to address were those of the quit notice served to the Igbo’s in the North by the Arewa group and the gun-wielding herdsmen.