- Senator Shehu Sani has said that there is nothing wrong with President Buhari's choice of language
- Sani said Buhari can speak to Nigerians in any language of his choice
- He said it is only the Acting President that is bound to address Nigerians in English
The senator representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani has condemned those criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari for addressing the nation in Hausa language on Sunday, June 25.
Sani in his reaction on Facebook said Buhari speaking Hausa during the Eid-el-Fitr message was not a big deal because he is not bound to to so.
He said it is only the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that is currently bound to address Nigerians in English.
He said the president is on a vacation and has transferred all powers to the acting president and therefore not bound by any law to speak English to Nigerians.
Sani further advised the presidency to update Nigerians on the health status of the president in order to dispel the growing speculations.
He said: “There is nothing wrong with the president sending Sallah message in Hausa language.
“He is on medical vacation; he has transferred power to the acting President. It is the acting president that is bound to act ‘officially’ on state matters, including speaking in our official language.
“Understandably, we live in times when everything is sensitive and subject to interrogation and interpretation; this is avoidable," Sani said.
The senator also called on all Nigerians to join hands in praying for Nigeria and its leadership and desist from issues not worth it.
“Lets pray for our president and our country and work hard to surmount our challenges rather than harp on the superficial and the mundane.
“The presidency should also periodically update the nation on the progress of Mr. President’s health so as to neutralize the conjectures, speculations and ripples of rumour," the Senator added.
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NAIJ.com had reported that the presidency released an audio message of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerians during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
However, the message from the president which was delivered in Hausa language has stirred up controversies with many worried about his choice of language for the message.
Some Nigerians in their reactions wondered why the president feel right to address the nation in a particular native language after staying away from the country for 50 days.
You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Nigerians reacting to President Buhari's long medical vacation: