Presidential Media Chat: Matters Arising By Olalekan Adetayo
Presidential media chat has become one of the avenues that sitting Presidents speak to Nigerians on government policies and other national issues. In the past, the programme which is always broadcast live on television and radio stations was more regular. It was monthly.
President Goodluck Jonathan was on the hot seat on Sunday for two hours, answering questions from a panel of journalists drawn from both broadcast and print media.He fielded questions ranging from economy and education to politics, corruption and security among others.
To Jonathan and his handlers, the President dealt with all the questions raised squarely. But as expected, to many Nigerians, the President “fall their hands.” As the programme was going on and immediately it ended, these Nigerians took to the social media to criticise Jonathan to the high heavens over some of his utterances during the media chat.
One of the President’s statements that attracted criticism was his claim that corruption is not the country’s number one problem. Another one was his statement that he is not aware if the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, is indeed dead as claimed by the Joint Task Force.
Jonathan also received knocks over his claim that the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities is political. This development further confirmed his claim that he is the most criticised President in the world!
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