It first happened in February. After many weeks of silence, confusion and uncertainty, it was a phone call through Governor Ganduje to a gathering of some Kano locals that reassured some section of Nigerians that our dear President was, at least, getting better.
The non Hausa speaking Nigerians were not happy. They felt excluded and alienated. It was understandable.
When you are with your friends discussing in a national language and they suddenly turned to their native language, you won’t like it.
You feel left out. Even Islam forbids that.
I thought the presidency learnt a lesson from that experience. But have they?
Now after about 50 days in similar circumstances, Hausa language was again chosen as a medium of communication to a country with about 350 other different languages.
It was supposed to be a goodwill message to the Muslim community of the entire country from their president.
But having been delivered in Hausa, it has alienated millions of other non Hausa speaking Muslims and non Muslim Nigerians.
President Buhari is not the Sardauna of Northern Nigeria. He’s not the western Awolowo and neither is he also the eastern Azikiwe. He is the three of them and many others combined.
He was the product of the whole nation and as such must also be the president of the whole nation. Addressing the nation in a local language negates this spirit.
Just like he said :
“I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody ”
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