The Action Congress, AC, has described President Umaru Yar’Adua’s ‘interview’ 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 Yar’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.

“It 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 people  through Radio Nigeria or NTA?

“This vestige of colonial mentality – a streak that is common with African leaders – must stop forthwith. It belittles our people and sells us cheaply!,’’ 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.

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