This explains why world leaders are taking the charge to combat this ominous apocalypse.
It is a time for leadership from the fore-end; a time when citizens must hear their leaders speak to them; see them take action, making assurances and fulfilling those promises.
The counsel, consolation and firm statement of a pacesetter is imperative at this moment.
In Canada, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, despite being in self-isolation and his wife battling the virus after contracting it at a conference within the UK, is leading the fight against this dreaded disease from the fore. he’s providing regular updates of the efforts of his government to roll back this scourge, listening and chatting with citizens.
In a popular broadcast on March 13, Justin spoke to citizens of Canada announcing measures to alleviate the financial stress brought on by the pandemic on Canadians.
We don’t want any Canadian to have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be able to pay their rent, whether or not they’re getting to be able to buy groceries, or care for their kids or elderly family members. We need to make sure that Canadians have the options and the ability to follow the simplest public health advice and keep themselves safe,” he said.
In the UK, Boris Johnson, prime minister, leads the struggle against coronavirus.
He provides updates, alongside health experts, on the measures his government is taking to tackle the spread of the disease. And within the US, Donald Trump isn’t shying away from speaking to Americans on the virus.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s lapses are often easily dismissed by his supporters or by Nigerians who don’t know better.
Some of them say, ‘’ Why must the president speak when the minister of health and the NCDC DG are already doing that?” this is a contemptible rationalization of incompetence. Are they suggesting the president lacks the capacitance to know the issues?’’
I surmise the president has been walled off the ‘’candid cameras’’ over the years by his handlers – not just – because he lacks the intellectual propensity to know and discuss incisive issues. The last presidential media chat he held was in 2015 and it had been a woeful outing. Also, his non-choreographed media interviews are abysmal to mention the least.
The truth is that the unfiltered Buhari may be a vacuously gaffing one. On October 14, 2016, standing beside Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Buhari said his wife, Aisha, ‘’belonged within the kitchen and the other room’’, when he was asked to comment on the first lady’s criticism of his government.
On April 18, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the president said the young citizens of the country he leads are lazy.
“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, tons of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil-producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and obtain housing, healthcare, education free,” he said during a panel appearance with world leaders at the forum.
In a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Buhari dropped another clanger. He said the young citizens of his country have a knack for criminality and will not be granted asylum within the UK.
With the Buhari experience, it’s indubitable that Nigerians must place a high premium on education — not just certificate – in choosing their leaders. the value of electing leaders who don’t have the intellectual grit to know and handle matters is way too high.
The senate has asked the president to talk to citizens on this threat, and Nigerians also are asking the president to talk to them.
This is often an abnormality. Citizens must not beg to hear from their president. But because it’s Buhari involved here, we’ve to beg and even excuse the crass inefficiency and vacuity.
Perhaps, the president remains trying to urge a hang of it.
I feel he has ‘’capable handlers’’ who can break it right down to him in ABC.
Mr. President, speak to your citizens. The words of a pacesetter are more resounding and assuring than the blandishment of proxies.
PS: Let’s follow all health protocol has advised by the NCDC. From their Tweeter page of the NCDC.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.
• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue when sneezing and/or coughing. you’ll also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief isn’t available.
• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of the respiratory disease like coughing and sneezing.
• Avoid self-medication, report to the closest clinic once you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.