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Nigerians Misunderstood Buhari's Response at the United Nations General Assembly  (Opinion)
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Nigerians Misunderstood Buhari's Response at the United Nations General Assembly (Opinion)

Eludoyin Oluwanisola

Nigerian social media has been abuzz with clips of President Muhammadu Buhari's response at the United Nations General Assembly. No less that he read from an already prepared speech left many supremely disgusted.

However is the anger at him founded in his inability to appropriately respond to the question or are Nigerians already blinded by their hatred of President Muhammadu Buhari?

At the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Nigeria being the new president at the summit had to be prepared to deliver an accurate response to questions thrown her way.

As expected his response caused quite a ruckus amongst Nigerian citizens and young Nigerians entirely misunderstood his response while tearing him apart on social media.

President Muhammadu Buhari did have a prepared speech, one which aligned with the question posed by the UN secretary general.

See transcription of question and answer below:

Question: “President Buhari, Nigeria has a young population. Perhaps, you might highlight what a pathway for a resilient future looks like?"

In my opinion, 'Young population' in that context did not mean youth. It meant underdeveloped. Thus the question expected an answer which will explain what future plans are in the making to develop Nigeria.

Hence, the word 'resilient' which means to recover strength, health and success after a perceived calamity.

To momentarily pay attention and quell our impatience is to see that the president answered accordingly. His response which was an already prepared speech was in relation to the question.

For example the water sector, Buhari said, "Nigeria will issue a Green bond for irrigation and construct multipurpose dams for power, irrigation and water supply."

For the Agricultural sector, he said, “Our Government has introduced climate smart agricultural practices to unlock seventy four million tons of carbon dioxide per annum, through relevant technologies advocacy and best practices."

He went on to further explain his stance by citing the Hydrocarbon Pollution Programme (HYPREP) for the mangrove ecosystem and the 30%efficiency and renewable energy mix Nigeria is working to realize by 2030.

In my opinion, our commander-in-chief was grossly misunderstood.