Why Buhari speaks to foreign media more – Presidency


The Presidency on Monday explained why President Muhammadu Buhari discusses major policy thrust of government and his policies with the international media rather than its local counterpart, stressing that the world is a global village hence where Buhari speaks should not really matter.

The President has come under intense criticism for always disclosing to the foreign media issues Nigerians back home are yet to know about regarding his government, including publishing an op-ed article in the Washington Post. This trend repeated itself last week in New York where the President opened up to foreign journalists about his intention to head the Petroleum Ministry.

But clarifying what brought about the development, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, told WE 106.3 FM’s Morning Mojo programme monitored by DAILY POST in Abuja that, “when he (Buhari) goes abroad we always schedule the international media to have an engagement with him. That may not always be easy when he is at home because he has so many things to attend to.

“But we make it a point of duty that every trip abroad, we schedule the international media to speak with him and that is why in France, in New York, in South Africa, wherever he has gone, he will always speak with the media and of course because the world is a global village,” he stated.

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Admitting that he is aware of the criticisms that come with the President’s resort to the foreign media, the presidential spokesman said: “it sort of pays us to say the world is a global village when we like and when we don’t like we criticize it. But that the world is a global village, we accept.

“Wherever he (the President) says it does not matter; all that matters is that he has said it. The truth is that, whatever he says gets back to us in Nigeria. So does it matter where he says it?” he asked.

Speaking further on why it is easier for the President to speak with the international media during his trips offshore, he said: “You know that in the past four months, he had been doing the work; trying to reset the foundation for a lot of things. As ministers come, you know there will be more devolvement and some of those things he had being doing personally, ministers will begin to do.

“He will then have freer time with which to take on the media here in Nigeria. He has been very very busy. The Media Chat will resume soon. You can be sure that when that Media Chat resumes, it is going to be free.”


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