Nigerians Condemn Buhari’s Audio Sallah Message
Many Nigerians took to the social media platform Monday to condemn President Muhammadu Buhari’s Sallah message in Hausa Language.
The president who is on medical vacation in the United Kingdom had spoken to felicitate with Nigerians on the Eid-el-Fitr using Hausa Language in a voice message released by his media assistant.
The president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu released the voice message as aired by BBC Hausa to debunk reports that the President was suffering from speech impairment.
Buhari stated in the audio message, “I am immensely grateful to God for his mercy in guiding us successfully to conclude another Ramadan. My greetings to all Nigerian Muslims and our Christian brothers on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr.
He spoke against those making reckless statement against fellow Nigerians to desist but did not emphasize the quit notice issued by the Arewa youths to Igbo people living in the north.
However, the Yoruba Social-Political Group, Afenifere has decribed the president’s message as flat because it failed to address the quit notice by Arewa youths to Igbo people living in the north.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said that the president only danced around the threat issued by the Arewa youths and failed to address it by not asking them to desist from doing such a thing.
“The president only emphasized on reckless speech rather than the threat and quit notice by the Arewa youths. He should have known that the country is in stress now and should have called the northern youths to order,” Odumakin said.
He also condemned the president for using Hausa as the medium to convey his message in a country where millions do not understand the language.
“This is not good enough as there are millions of non-Hausa who are Muslims across the country,” he said.
He said that Nigeria is a multi-lingua country with English as its official language but the president had chosen to speak in Hausa.
“It is not good enough and it should not have happened at this period,” Odumakin said.