andlers of President Muhammadu Buhari’s media will today, Monday, in the evening, release another recorded broadcast where Buhari is expected to give approval to new guidelines on the ongoing fight against COVID-19 global pandemic
The Nigerian president has in the past addressed the nation on the pandemic and measures being taken by his administration to check further spreads.
However, many Nigerians have criticized the president for dishing out pre-recorded materials rather than give live briefings which would afford the media the opportunity to ask follow-up questions on what the government is doing, as is done by presidents of other countries.
But Femi Adesina, the Senior Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, defended Buhari, saying broadcasting recorded speeches is Buhari’s style and that nobody has the right to order the president around.
“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,” Adesina told Nigerians.