President Buhari’s “Autopilot” Jumbled Narration At UN Revives “Jibrin From Sudan” Suspicions


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.

He Is On Autopilot

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.