The inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for a second term in office took place at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Wednesday. Surprisingly, Buhari did not make any speech as he left the venue immediately after inspecting the guards of honour and acknowledging cheers from the crowd.
Against this backdrop, some opposition parties led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the President’s decision not to use the occasion to address Nigerians. They described it as disrespectful, adding that Buhari’s action was a confirmation that the President had nothing new to offer the country.
Also, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the African Democratic Congress(ADC) equally faulted Buhari for not addressing Nigerians after his inauguration. They also argued that his action confirmed that he did not believe that he was elected by Nigerians and they deserved not to hear from him.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said the occasion offered the President an avenue to appreciate citizens for their patience and perseverance since he assumed office four years ago, Punch Reports.
“Millions of Nigerians and others who were glued to their television sets and those who were also at the Eagle Square must have been sad with the silence of the President. Definitely, his silence was not golden.
“Many Nigerians were killed in the last four years, hundreds lost their jobs, pensioners not paid and we also lost our sons and brothers in the armed forces as a result of the terror war.
“Hearing words of assurance and comfort from their commander-in-chief would have served as the needed tonic and also as the expected balm that would attempt at healing their wounds.
“But instead, what did they see or hear from a man they have expected so much from? Nothing! Maybe he felt he owed Nigerians nothing.”
Also, in an interview with The Punch, the SDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammed, said the President might have also acted in accordance with the sadness he alleged was pervading the country.
“You only appreciate people when you are sure that the people’s efforts put you in that position. The President might think that he did not owe Nigerians any appreciation and so did not express appreciation.
“The current mood in the nation is not that of celebration. He might have also caught the bug of the sadness pervading the country. There is poverty and insecurity among others.
“People are afraid to travel home now. I think Nigerians are not in the mood for any celebration and the President is probably aware of this too.”
Lastly, the ADC’s National Publicity Secretary, Yemi Kolapo, said the President must have refrained from giving a speech because he had no plan for Nigerians. She added that Buhari could have also decided to keep mum because he knew that his election was still being contested at the tribunal.
“He might have also refused to give any speech because he realised that it is a stolen mandate, the court has not cleared him and so he did not want to jump the gun.”
Meanwhile, The absence of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan was very easy to notice on Wednesday.
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