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Why Buhari Interacts More With Foreign Media – Presidency

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The Presidency on Monday explained why President Muhammadu
Buhari discusses major policy thrust of government and his policies with
the international media rather than its local counterpart, stressing that the
world is a global village hence where Buhari speaks should not really
matter.
The President has come under intense criticism for always disclosing to
the foreign media issues Nigerians back home are yet to know about
regarding his government, including publishing an op-ed article in the
Washington Post.
This trend repeated itself last week in New York where the President
opened up to foreign journalists about his intention to head the
Petroleum Ministry.
But clarifying what brought about the development, Special Adviser to
the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, told WE 106.3
FM’s Morning Mojo programme monitored by DAILY POST in Abuja
that, “when he (Buhari) goes abroad we always schedule the international
media to have an engagement with him. That may not always be easy
when he is at home because he has so many things to attend to.
“But we make it a point of duty that every trip abroad, we schedule the
international media to speak with him and that is why in France, in New
York, in South Africa, wherever he has gone, he will always speak with
the media and of course because the world is a global village,” he stated.
Admitting that he is aware of the criticisms that come with the
President’s resort to the foreign media, the presidential spokesman said:
“it sort of pays us to say the world is a global village when we like and
when we don’t like we criticize it. But that the world is a global village,
we accept.
“Wherever he (the President) says it does not matter; all that matters is
that he has said it. The truth is that, whatever he says gets back to us in
Nigeria. So does it matter where he says it?” he asked.
Speaking further on why it is easier for the President to speak with the
international media during his trips offshore, he said: “You know that in
the past four months, he had been doing the work; trying to reset the
foundation for a lot of things. As ministers come, you know there will be
more devolvement and some of those things he had being doing
personally, ministers will begin to do.
“He will then have freer time with which to take on the media here in
Nigeria. He has been very very busy. The Media Chat will resume soon.
You can be sure that when that Media Chat resumes, it is going to be
free.

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