Buhari, Atiku shun debate

By Guardian Exclusive   |   20 January 2019   |   9:15 am  
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and leading opposition candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar this evening shunned the presidential debate. Key spokespersons of the two leading candidates had earlier indicated their principals may not attend the televised debate.
  • PATRICK A. OGBE.

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 was the scheduled day for the Presidential debate organized by B.O.N, and N.E.D.G. Worthy of note was the fact that, provisions was made for five presidential candidates to attend. The fact that two-out of the said five- aspirants did not participate in the by now past event, shows that in this our country Nigeria: election debates still does not hold that mesmerizing aura for our array of Nigerian politicians that it holds for their counterparts in first world countries. The little drama that played itself out, penultimate Saturday, reveals that most Nigerian Politicians prefer to prove how maverick they are in contesting, and winning elections, at the grassroots, rather than coming to stand before an audience, in the midst of other aspirants before unfolding their Manifestos and programmes. The case with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is more bearable. Under very constraining circumstances; he managed to make an appearance at the venue of the event. It was when he observed that the APC candidate, and incumbent president of the country was absent at the event, that he opted out of the scheduled event..
    No doubt, the current president of the country must have a lot of schedules to attend to, presently. With all the schedules of campaigns, official itineraries, and commissioning of federal projects. I however still think the current No. 1 citizen should have made out time to attend the event.(in person, or via live video/live t.v. interaction. Absenteeism, at any event,where one is invited-to specially- is a subtle way of not perceiving such an event-or occasion-as being important enough. I think the time has come when our campaigning politicians in the country, should come to terms with the fact that, citizens of the country, from whom they are soliciting votes, are pivotal, in determining the success-or otherwise-of such political office’ aspirants.

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