President Buhari’s lacklustre 60th Independence day broadcast

Chief Ozokhome, SAN.


By Mike Ozokhome.

The broadcast was lame, defensive, lacklustre, uninspiring and devoid of Presidential gravitas.

It convinces more that the president is out of tune with the stark reality of a 208 million people he governs. He compared us with some neighbouring countries. I disagree with Mr president.

Do many of them produce oil? Are we not the 7th oil producer in the world? Is Buhari aware that most of our industries have relocated to, and found solace in these countries? Those economies he compared us with are better, more buoyant, less populed and more focused and productive than Nigeria.

They do not glanouralise and celebrate corruption as a national fundamental objective and directive principle of state policy as we do. It is also about credibility, integrity, honour and dignity .

Did Buhari not join other Nigerians, including the major players in his government, in January, 2012, to castigate and demonstrate on the streets against Jonathan’s minimal increase, arguing that it was corruption-laden and amounted to thievery?

What has changed? Have the oil cartel he glowingly talked about vanished? Has his government not used more than three times the sum used by three successive governments for importation of fuel? Has he built a single refinery? Are the ones he met functional still working?

I beg, give me a break from the cluelessness, propaganda and anti-people policies of this opaque government.

Chief Mike Ozokhome (Ph.D), is a foremost human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.


The rule of life is to be found within yourself,

Ask yourself constantly, “What is the right thing to do?”

Beware of ever doing that which you’re likely, sooner or later, to repent of having done.

It is better to live in peace than in bitterness and strife…

The superior man does not wrangle. He is sociable but not clannish and sets a good example to his neighbours.

By celebrated Chinese PhilosopherConfucius, who died in 478 B.C.

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