Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the United Nations has been criticised by Nigerians for deep focus international issues that has little significant relevance to Nigerians than pressing issues at home.
In Buhari’s 20 paragraph speech, president of Africa’s largest economy thanked the United Nations Security Council “for visiting the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to assess the security situation and humanitarian needs, and for pledging assistance to rebuild lives and livelihoods,” which was the only terse reference to issues at home.
The rest of the speech was devoted to repeating points other world leaders have made regarding the nuclear threat presented by North Korea, the purported genocide of Rohinyga Muslims, issues between Palestine and Isreal without focus on critical issues affecting Nigerians.
“Africa’s growing youth population that is largely unemployed and lack of energy to provide jobs but Rohinyga, Palestine and North Korea (were) more important,” said Dolaop Oni, an energy analyst on his Twitter account.
Nigerians on social media sites also condemned the speech because it was loud on international issues and very silent on issues affecting Nigerians.
World leaders use the platform of the UN to campagn for local issues affecting their countries and seek compromise and buy-in from other nations but these were missing in Buhari’s UN speech.