COVID-19: Deconstructing the president’s speech

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces addressed the nation on preparations and policy actions on the ravaging effects of the pandemic COVID-19, the virus, which has humiliated the healthcare system of most countries in the last three months. His speech was a welcome development because Nigerians had been very anxious about hearing from the Number One Citizen in line with international best practices. His long silence on a disease that caught world attention in December 2019, took its first Nigerian victim on February 27 and increased its rate of infection to 97 by March 29, once again raised the question on how psychologically connected Buhari is to the realities of his environment and the plight of the people who elected him into office.

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