Thursday 21 June 2018
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Mixed reactions trail Buhari’s speech


Nigerians divided over effect of broadcast


Many Nigerians have reacted to the president’s speech wherein he addressed the nation after spending 104 days in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

While some think that President Buhari’s live broadcast to Nigerians fell short of expectations, others have endorsed the brief address saying it is as deep as necessary. In a vox pop conducted by Jennifer Joseph, several people commented on how they felt about the controversial broadcast.



President Buhari had been away for 104 days. He should better calm down, as you cannot force people to stay in a union, they are not interested in. I think the best thing he should have done was to convince Nigeria that he is fully here to work and not here because of the ultimatum given to him by protesters. And all in all, his speech wasn’t bad at all as it still had the touch of national interest in it

Favour Chinonso Izukah


Honestly, I felt disgusted at what he said. That the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable. What does he mean? In a country saddled with inequality, gross marginalization, corruption, nepotism, Mr President thinks we should all fold our hands and pretend like nothing’s going on. He must be joking

Asahel M.


Nice speech. I think his speech is indirectly meant for IPOB. He started with Ojukwu, indirectly telling Biafrans that Ojukwu never wanted Biafra to come into existence. That’s a slap though. I also think he is more concerned about the present security challenges faced by the nation. His speech is actually centred on dealing with those things that are threats to the country’s unity

Onyema Bright C., Student


People had criticized former President Goodluck Jonathan, but Jonathan never made it a national issue. Buhari should focus on the economic state of the country and  ASUU’s demands and leave the youths and social media alone. In addition, if he’s incapacitated, he should resign. After all, that’s what he told Yar’Adua when he was sick.

Christabel, Student


Nigeria should be civil enough to organise a referendum!! If the people vote to leave, the government should immediately dissolve this union. But if they vote otherwise, then anybody that brings up the Biafra issue again, should be treated like a criminal. This is his first public speech after such a long time away and look at what he is saying!! I wonder the people that advises him sef. The worst mistake he will make now in my view is to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu! They want a referendum, give them one!

Lanre Joseph, Business man





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