Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
The President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approach beneath a renewed attack on social media for refusing to handle Nigerians on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Buhari had refused to be in contact on the topic in inequity to his counterparts in lots of different countries struggling with the virus.
The Senate had final week asked the president to handle Nigerians, The PUNCH reviews.
The PUNCH reviews that the Presidency bowed to stress on Thursday with one in all the President’s spokesmen, Garba Shehu, issuing an announcement advising Nigerians to peek deepest hygiene.
Shehu additionally lambasted the Senate for asking the President to enact a television broadcast, describing it as cheap politics.
He tweeted, “Protecting Nigerians from the coronavirus is a key priority for us as a authorities. We occupy now the Ministry of Neatly being and the Nigeria Center for Disease Administration working spherical-the-clock with a couple of a form of agencies, as neatly as dispute governments, to verify that this.
“I even occupy absolute self belief within the associated ministers within the cupboard, the Presidential Job Power on coronavirus which I honest as of late established, and the officials of the NCDC who are all providing constant updates and real counsel.”
Nonetheless, the tweets were met with cynicism and criticism.
The critics said that a television broadcast would ship a nearer message than tweets that are directed on the President’s two million followers.
Responding to 1 in all the President’s tweets, a ancient Chairman, Nationwide Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, wrote, “Faceless ghosts cloak on the good thing about hand-held and credit rating any individual else with phrases.
“They neglect that, truly, conversation has DNA. It’s easy to clutch right here isn’t from @MBuhari. It’s not his syntax or sentence DNA. It’s not difficult to settle out who wrote this, is it?”
“You’ve finest 2.6m followers on Twitter. Mosey on-air and be in contact to your 180million citizens,” @KingCossy1 tweeted.
@Zuchradio additionally tweeted, “Buhari, if there wasn’t social media, wouldn’t you be in contact with the of us you govern? I see no reason on the good thing about tweeting as an different of a reside broadcast.”
I even occupy absolute self belief within the associated Ministers within the cupboard, the Presidential Job Power on Coronavirus which I honest as of late established, and the officials of the Nationwide Centre for Disease Administration (NCDC), who are all providing constant updates and real counsel.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 20, 2020