Buhari And The Errors of Speaking Ex-Tempo
Nigeria News takes a look at President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the Commonwealth Business Forum again.
I do not envy President Muhammadu Buhari. He is facing a serious censure, which of course he created by himself. I can boldly say that Buhari has enjoyed much tolerance from one of the most sophisticated African nations, Nigeria since he assumed power almost three years ago.
Nigerians have tolerated fuel price hike from N87 to N140 per litre. Nigerians have endured the continuous Naira devaluation to a dollar, which has made business so difficult and foreign education for children less accessible.
In the last three years, the government has battled corruption but it has not translated to economic surplus to improve the standard of an average citizen. Perhaps, that was why the Microsoft President, Mr Bill Gates bluntly told Nigerian Government that its policies did not address the needs of the citizens.
Yet Nigerians have continued to endure. We were not made to break, an average Nigerian is resilient, confident and hardworking. Most foreign investors that have had the opportunity to visit this country saw in Nigeria, great youths as the best resources abound in the most populous black nation.
But, these youths were labelled “Lazy” by their own president, Muhammadu Buhari right in the presence of the world leaders.
I do not envy Buhari who spoke these words and I pity his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina who has been looking for the best way to redefine his master’s disparaging words.
Adesina is a pastor and a traditional chief. He was the former President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors and a former Managing Director of the Sun Newspaper. He knows his onions and has been writing positive things about Buhari since the president’s military days.
I have had the opportunity to report a government house and observed that there is a separate unit called “Speech Writing” Department. This department is different from the office of the “Press Secretaries or Advisers on Media and Publicity”.
The “Speech Writing” does researches and write what the president or governor will read to the public.
However, I have seen leaders who only read part of the written speech but speak ex-tempo to bring out the originality of their thoughts. A very good example is the former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN).
While it is good for a leader to express his personal thought on issues, it is expected of such leader to be conscious of the environment he has found himself and the intellectual capacity of the people he leads.
Redefining Buhari’s “A lot of youths are Lazy” by his media aide is like listening to an incompetent teacher. And as the Afro Music Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti put it, “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense.”
Buhari should not have spoken ex-tempo at the Commonwealth Business Forum. The president lacks the oratory gift and it is not a crime. Our president is a man of integrity, that is what earns him his current position but our president cannot rule by integrity alone.
Our president will need to be more articulate. Our president must improve his emotional quotient more than the intelligent quotient.
Nowadays, the world embraces leaders who have high Emotional Quotient more than those with Intelligent Quotient. Nigerians want leaders who feel their pains and find the solution to sooth it not leaders who have failed them but derive pleasure from scolding them.