The Action Congress, AC, has described President Umaru Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s â€˜interviewâ€™ with the BBC, to show that he is alive and recovering from his illness, as the latest example of the contempt which Nigerians leaders have for their people.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party wondered why President Yarâ€™Adua, who has been away for 50 days, will choose to address his compatriots through a foreign medium.
AC recalled urging the President to speak to Nigerians through the NTA or Radio Nigeria, if he does not want to do so via a dated video format, which of course is the most concrete evidence that the President is indeed recovering.
â€œIt is unconscionable and an indication of total disregard for Nigerians the fact that their President chose a foreign medium to address them at such a critical time like this. Will the British Prime Minister address his peopleÂ through Radio Nigeria or NTA?
â€œThis vestige of colonial mentality – a streak that is common with African leaders – must stop forthwith. It belittles our people and sells us cheaply!,â€™â€™ the party said, recalling that the President also chose a foreign newspaper – Financial Times – to break his silence on his state of health shortly after assuming office.