Many Nigerians have continued to react to the voice message said to have been released by President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerians felicitating with them on the occasion of Eid-el Fitr.
The Presidency yesterday said Buhari, in the voice message, thanked Nigerians for their consistent prayers for his well-being. The President, who spoke for exactly one minute two seconds, delivered his first message to Nigerians in 50 days in his native Hausa language.
He also urged all citizens, irrespective of their socio-political affiliations, to always avoid hate speech and divisive tendencies capable of causing disaffection among them.
He also prayed for good harvest as farmers embarked on agricultural activities occasion by the commencement of rainfalls across the country.
But reacting to the voice message former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-kayode said that it was not President Buhari that spoke in the Sallah audio recording. He also said it was an insult to Nigeria for the President to have spoken in Hausa language.
‘It was NOT @MBuhari that spoke in today’s Sallah day audio recording. And for whoever it was to address the nation in hausa is insulting.’
Also Reno Omokri on his own said that ‘President Buhari is the President of all Nigeria. He is not the President of only those who can speak/understand Hausa! This is an outrage!!
More so Bolu Ayeye said ‘I don’t believe the person who gave the Eid message was Buhari’.
See other twitter reactions below:
Imagine how I would have felt if Obasanjo addressed the nation in Yoruba or GEJ in Ijaw. Whoever told Buhari to speak in Hausa is shallow
— H.A.Hayatu (@HAHayatu) June 25, 2017
D most ridiculous thing abt D voice message they said Buhari sent is that it was in Hausa, Imagine Osibanjo addressing D nation in Yoruba.
— Yemie Fasipe 🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) June 25, 2017
How can President Buhari address 170 Million Nigerians with Hausa language or maybe he wasn’t talking to us all…?🙄🤔
— Kelechi Nkoro (@K1Says) June 25, 2017
Did Buhari expect Yoruba Muslims, Igala Muslims, all non Hausa-speaking Muslims to learn Hausa if they want to understand his Eid message?
— Nedu Ekeke #BBOG (@Nedunaija) June 25, 2017
The president can’t be gone for 50 days with no sight of him, only for his team to release an audio in Hausa language, bad PR. 🇳🇬
— Rosanwo (@rosanwo) June 25, 2017
Why on earth should Buhari send a goodwill message to Nigeria in Hausa???If he actually did.He is fuelling embers of disunity in Nigeria
— Douglas Onyemah (@afridog) June 26, 2017
@NigeriaInfoAbj Mr president message on salah ,he forgot he represent the nation not Hausa only and some Muslim faithfuls in the south .
— Black Caesar (@sophia03134997) June 26, 2017
At a time when the Acting President is Uniting Nigeria. BUHARI sent a sallah message in Hausa
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) June 25, 2017
Naira fell from N187/$1 to N505/$1 and President Buhari didn’t say a word; Sallah day comes n our Hausa President suddenly finds his voice
— Ali George (@aligthebaptist) June 25, 2017
So PMB sent out sallah message in Hausa today, after more than one month abroad. How nice! President of the North, ranka dede baba.
— Àṣàkẹ́ (@Omodayo2) June 25, 2017