By Ogbolu George
Member of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has criticised President Muhammdu Buhari for using Hausa language to convey his Sallah Message to Nigerians.
The Presidency on Sunday released an audio message containing Buhari’s message to Nigerians to mark the Eid-el-Fitr, commemorating the end of Ramadan.
Speaking with Punch the Majority Leader of the House of Reps lambasted the President’s handlers for his choice of language in conveying his message.
The lawmaker said Buhari’s handlers should have ensured that the language of communication was English.
”The criticism is not unfounded, but I am the leader of the House in charge of government legislative business not a Presidential handler.
”I think that question should be directed to those who handle Mr. President. But as a matter of opinion, I would have preferred he spoke in English. But, again, not every Nigerian speak English, not everyone is literate.
”Yes, at this critical time and with all that is unfolding, it would have been better to speak in the official language.
”However, moving beyond the form to the substance, at least now, we have heard Mr. President speak,” he said.