Global social media is awash with astonishment over the improper way Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari responded to a question during a talk segment at the United Nations in New York.
Asked a simple question on youth, the president proceeded to read a prepared speech on conservation.
“Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I share the sentiment expressed by the secretary-general that the world is on the verge of climate catastrophe. Undeniably, climate change is a human-induced phenomenon…” Buhari proceeded to read.
The mechanical behavior of the president revived thoughts that he was not a normal human being able to interact and format thought and possibly was being controlled by men at the presidency.
VIDEO: Yesterday in New York, President @MBuhari addressed the @UN Climate Action Summit 2019, highlighting @NigeriaGov’s efforts to address climate change. #ClimateActionSummit #UNGA #PMBAtUNGA pic.twitter.com/qri9ky2mmX— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) September 24, 2019
Please someone tell me this is an old video. Please this can’t be yesterday. This is a torture no one should have to bear.— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) September 25, 2019
What a catastrophe!
This is what we have as President?!
Calling Muhammad Buhari @MBuhari incompetent inept and clueless is actually a compliment! He is worse https://t.co/44l6y5hlA9
He Is On Autopilot
Since the summit is about climate change, they already assumed they can’t ask Buhari anything aside climate change, so Tolu, Bashir & the rest of d team prepared a speech & put baba in autopilot mode, now they asked baba about plans for d future, he was saying something else, smh https://t.co/jFx53oqpwb— Olorunshola Emmanuel (@iamimanuel) September 25, 2019
Did I miss the question?????????????♂️.— Zeal Ak (@zeal_a) September 25, 2019
Bubu went with a script and it didn’t matter whether you asked him about a young population or about dwindling revenues, the answer is “we are focusing on climate change” ????????????????????♂️ https://t.co/IK5paMo7IO
PREMIUMTIMES: President’s Health Situation
Mr Buhari has faced questions about his health since assuming office in 2015. The president is now spending his second term in office, having been declared winner of the presidential poll in February.
The president has made several trips to London for medical treatment since 2015, with two of them lasting between 51 days in early 2017 and 103 days mid-year. The presidency has consistently rejected Nigerians’ demand for transparency over the president’s illness, with officials only disclosing a persistent ear infection.
While Nigerians largely suspect the president’s old age may naturally impair his physical well-being, they have mooted concerns about the president’s apparent memory lapses — especially his ability to remember things or give coherent response to questions.
In June 2015, after honouring an invitation to take part at the G7 Summit in Germany, Mr Buhari said he had met with ‘President Michelle’ of West Germany. Meanwhile, the president only met Angela Merkel who has been the German chancellor since 2005 — and not then-German President Joachim Gauck.
West Germany ceased to exist since 1990 following its reunification with East Germany at the end of the Cold War.
In 2016, Nigerians were again alarmed by Mr Buhari’s response to a question about his anti-corruption effort. A reporter for German broadcaster, DW, had asked the president about his crackdown on alleged corrupt persons, especially in the wake of Sambo Dasuki’s case. He, however, replied with criticism of multinational oil corporations and their exploitation in the Niger-Delta.