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.
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.”