‘Address Nigerians Again’ – Buhari Under Fire Over Cash Relief, Test Kits’ Shortage

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Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s Monday night speech.

He observed that the President was silent on the cash relief to Nigerians, test kits’ shortage, job losses, plans to ensure the nation survives COVID-19 economic shock, among others.

The lawyer, in his reaction sent to us, said Buhari simply dictated another broadcast and urged him to urgently speak to Nigerians again.

He described the latest address as “largely uninspiring”, as it did not address the core issues being faced by Nigerians in this COVID-19 era.

Noting that the broadcast attempted to reflect the minds of Nigerians on the need to ease the lockdown given the hunger and suffering, Adegboruwa insisted it fell short of providing any solution to the “biting economic issues staring us all.”

“COVID 19 has constituted a huge distraction from the economic catastrophe that the nation has fallen into, without a clear blueprint from the President on his plans to take us out of the woods”, he complained.

“Prior to COVID 19, the President had set up a Presidential Economic Team that was to be reporting to him directly and nothing has been heard from that Team since then.

“After COVID 19, the President also set up another economic team to work out how Nigeria will respond to the economic issues post-COVID 19. The President did not address this in his broadcast.

“Prior to the President’s broadcast, his media aides had informed the nation that the President had met with the Minister of Health and the Director-General of NCDC, to take reports from them.

“Both of them had earlier informed Nigerians that there were no more testing kits and other valuable reagents. The President did not address this critical issue,” he said.