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Okunnu debunks Buhari’s approach

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A former Federal Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Femi Okunnu, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world, describing his approach as lackadaisical and lukewarm.

The octogenarian in an exclusive with The Guardian said it was unfortunate that despite the prompt responses of presidents of the United States, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and others including those in neighbouring African countries, as shown in their persistent communication with their citizens, President Buhari has not deemed it appropriate to address Nigerians to assure them that COVID-19 would be contained and wiped out.

“To this extent, the president is a huge failure,” he declared.

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Okunnu added: “We have a COVID-19 that has forced nations like Italy to lock down, not shut down; Spain has done the same thing.

Britain has modified it by shutting down schools and universities and restricting public gatherings. Sometimes last week, President Ramaphosa of South Africa addressed his citizens but I am yet to see President Buhari address the nation on the television.

“I am still waiting to see his advisers to tell him that he should address Nigerians and assure them that the disease would be contained and wiped out. That is what a president should do but he has not done it, which I consider as failure of huge proportion.”

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