Nigeria @60: Buhari’s speech uninspiring, say southern, middle belt leaders


The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum on Thursday faulted the nationwide broadcast by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), in commemoration of the 60 years of independence of Nigeria, but compared it with “the tale full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”

The organisation said Buhari would have made sense if he had used the opportunity to outline the process of reconstituting Nigeria to return it to the path of productivity, autonomy for the federating units and sustainable peace and development.

The SMBF made its position known in a statement by Yinka Odumakin (South West), Chief Guy Ikokwu (South East), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South South) and Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt).

The statement read, “The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has examined the broadcast of President Buhari to mark the occasion of the 60 years of independence of Nigeria and disappointingly concludes that it was like the tale full of sound and fury signifying nothing.

“In the midst of all the country is going through that requires the leadership to summon the constituent units to the table of brotherhood to seek fundamental ways out all we were treated to were the usual bland sermons and empty rhetorics.