While we are all still trying to make more sense of President Buhari’s ‘welcome speech’ on Monday, politicians are delivering verdicts showing mixed feelings.

The national chairman of African Democratic Congress ADC, Okey Nwosu, feels the Monday, August 21 speech was “depressing”.

“We have to thank God that our President came back healthy and strong but I must say that the President’s speech is very depressing.

“And this goes to show the nature of people around him,” he said.

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, is also not impressed.

His silence on the issue of restructuring has been described as unacceptable considering how much it has been a factor in the politics of Nigeria in recent months.

The President’s resolve to frontally tackle security and economic challenges, however got a thumbs up from the SDP. 

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Another issue is also his silence about his health status.

Former chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Dr Tanko Yusuf, feels the President should have told Nigerians his health status.

Yusuf, who is now national chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP) said: “Ab initio, I was one of those who said Mr President should help in declaring the status of his health.

“Not for anything but because Nigerians need to know, so that we will be able to address issues properly…and the rumour that he was poisoned…. he has to dispel that particular rumour.”

The national chairman of the United Democratic Party UDP, Barr. Godson Okoye, however, considers the speech to be just OK, although he doesn’t seem particularly impressed too.

He said: “Buhari is the President of the country and he said what he was expected to say to reassure Nigerians.

“Of course, he would tell people to calm down, that things will be alright. He has not been in the country for a while and I am sure he is being briefed about what has been going on in the country.”

Asides members of his cabinet and members of the APC, it appears only few politicians were impressed by what the President said on Monday.

Are you a student in a Nigerian University?Did you expect the president to have spoken about the ongoing ASUU strike?

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