Presidency presents 55-minute documentary on Buhari Sunday

President Muhammadu Buhari-at-FEC Meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari at FEC Meeting

The presidency has announced that a documentary series that portrays President Muhammadu Buhari as a kindhearted man would air across Nigeria this Yuletide.

Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina said the documentary titled: ‘The Human Side of President Buhari’ would depict that septuagenarian in a way never seen before.

“It is made up of interviews from close aides of the President and some others who have worked closely with him, carefully put together to show a side of the President that many would love to see,” Mr. Adesina explained.

It is scheduled to air on the Network Service of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Sunday, December 24 and Tuesday December 26, 2017. Time 8-9:00 p.m.

Channels Television would broadcast it on Monday, December 25, 2017 (Christmas Day) between 8-9:00 p.m..

It is not immediately clear if the documentary is part of the administration’s groundwork for the reelection plans of Mr. Buhari, who has indicated in many occasions recently that he may run in 2019.

The media effort is coming amidst nationwide anger that the president has kept mum three weeks after the latest fuel crisis started.

Mr. Buhari has faced criticism for his seemingly unsympathetic disposition towards matters of national importance.

For instance, after hundreds of Nigerians were murdered in Agatu, Benue State, last year, the president did not issue any statement for several days.

He also exercised similar silence when scores were killed in Nimbo, Enugu State, in April 2016.

He also did not comment on the December 2015 massacre of Shiites by Nigerian Army until two weeks later. Even then, the president defended the actions of the soldiers, blaming the victims for “hitting the chest of generals”.

He also faces criticism for failing to weigh in on the ongoing calls for the abolition of Special Anti-Robbery squad, a police unit that faces widespread allegations of criminal misconduct.

In general, the president has been accused of being too reluctant to speak on national issues, even when such matters are generating serious concerns in the media.

But the presidency has often dismissed the allegations that Mr. Buhari is a cold leader.

Both Mr. Adesina and his State House colleague, Garba Shehu, have written several articles portraying the president as a listening leader with a good sense of humour.

Last week, Mr. Adesina said Mr. Buhari did not intervene in the call to end SARS because the police leadership has been acting on his behalf.

Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris has started implementing some changes that are targeted at making the department more effient, professional and accountable.

He also vowed to ensure prosecution of all SARS personnel with who faces valid claims of wrongdoing.

The planned documentary is apparently aimed at further buttressing their narrative — and to convince a wider audience of the president’s soft side.


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  • The facts

    I doubt it if Nigerians are interested in some dodgy documentary about Buhari. What we want is a live one on one interview between the president and brave journalists

  • soulchild

    All I can say is God punish Satan!!!

  • Monday Oshoikpor

    That’s what you get when you have people with hardened mind towards the public in power.

  • Monday Oshoikpor

    All they care about is their political progress and not the good of the people

  • Monday Oshoikpor

    All they ever wanted is to promote their evil agenda and not national peace and progress

  • Monday Oshoikpor

    Parading a man whose sole aim to the power house is very personal is the biggest mistake of our time

  • Monday Oshoikpor

    Having queues at the fuel stations during Yuletide and all the presidency want to do is promote valueless documentary of same man who inflicted hardship on the people. What a tragedy!

  • Bassey Frank

    Clever guys, the Budget must be exhausted before the year runs out. What happened to the monthly Presidential chat? Why is he afraid of the press?

  • Otile

    What prevents Buhari from addressing Nigerians alive? When was the last time he held a live press conference? This is the laziest president alive. Every week he runs outside the country and reads some prepared speech to impress his hosts. What a shame!

  • ojomaje ijato

    “It is made up of interviews from close aides of the President and some others who have worked closely with him, carefully put together ……” Femi Adesina.

    Femi, read you own words above and tell me if you think Nigerians are fools to believe your carefully packaged lies. And as some have observed, it is high level of contempt and insult on the sensibilities of christains for you, a self acclaimed pastor to be promoting a documentary on Buhari at Christmas. Is Buhari equivalent to Jesus Christ now? Remember you will one day leave the villa. There is God o!

  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    What do you expect from an analogue media SA who in this age of prolific PR both personal and professional using twitter last updated Nigerians on the 7th of November

  • Danaija

    BUHARI: A CORE TRIBALIST
    Read and judge for yourself.
    Look at who is talking about division, the most divisive president the world has ever seen.
    My worry now is that why people are still talking about appointment into top government positions, Buhari has taken corruption, tribalism, nepotism to new heights. All projects are now given to north. See the list below, just to name few:
    1. Award of contract for the construction of Abuja, Kaduna and Kano Power plants by NNPC.
    2. Award of contract for the construction of Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano gas pipeline for $2.89billion by NNPC.
    3. Award of Abuja -Kaduna – Kano Road Contract by FG
    4. Award of contract for the construction of Katsina Refinery by FG
    6. Award of contract for the establishment of 6 billion naira Business School in ABU by CBN.
    7. A vote of $1 Billion (N365billion) for security in the North.
    8. A contract for the establishment of Military hospital in Sambisa Forest.
    9. A contract of $5.7 billion for Mambilla Power Project.
    10. Award for the establishment of fertiliser plant in Niger State.
    11. Construction of rail way lines all over North
    12. Buhari requested the World Bank to concentrate their project in the north.
    13.N40 billion earmarked Lagos-Calabar rail project diverted to the Lagos-Kano rail project
    14. Buhari squanders $3 billion searching for oil in the north.
    15. Buhari still squandering billions of naira in search of oil in Niger state and other parts of the north.
    16. FEC approves N236m for irrigation project in Katsina
    17. Award of Contract of N2.27 Billion for the Daura Township Soil Erosion and Flood Control Phase II and the completion of the Construction of Sabke Dam, Irrigation and Drainage Works in Katsina State.
    18. Implementation of the Technical Audit Report for the Commissioning of the 10MW windfarm project in Katsina State for €20,848,915.96 Plus N573,901,824.40
    19. Award of contract for the additional works on the ongoing construction of the 2 X 60MVA, 132/33KV substation at Kudenda, Kaduna State for USD6,134,766.09 Plus N1,470,333,128.12
    20. Award of contract for additional works for the 215MW Kaduna Power Plant project for €147,214,057.00 Plus N8,961,045,410.95
    21. Revised Estimated Total Cost for the Engineering Design, Manufacture, Supply, Construction and Commissioning of the 2X30/40MVA, 132/33KV Substation at Walalambe and tur In and Out of Dan-Agundi Dakata 132KV Transmission Line in Kano State for €3,975,089.73 Plus N315,319,921.33
    22. Award of contract for the completion of Sabke/Dutsi and Mashi Water Supply Project in Katsina State for N1,735,272,435.33
    23. Award of contract for Soil Erosion and Flood Control Project in Kwoi Town, Jaba LGA, Kaduna State forN899,391,526.78

    Buhari does not believe in Nigeria, but he believes in the oil money. But what are politicians from the south doing? Nothing of course, in as far as they can line up their pockets with crumbs from Buhari’s tables, having slaves-master relationship. What a shame! Vote him out in 2019!

  • abodes_124

    Packaging for 2019. Is he going to be wearing a suit or an Igbo chief’s red cap. 2015 they sold us the reformed democrat . 2019 it is the kind hearted General. you wasted the Kanu family because he ‘insulted’ you. You hold Dasuki in detention because he arrested you in the 1985 coup. Kind hearted indeed. Actions speak louder than words.