President Muhammadu Buhari, has incurred the wrath of many Nigerians, for saying that losing weight shows that the Acting Inspector-General of Police, AIGP, Mohammed Adamu, is working hard to end the senseless killings around the country.
Buhari had made the comment while addressing Reporters, upon his arrival from the United Kingdom, UK, on Sunday.
A Reporter asked the President: “Are we likely to see a different approach in the fight against insecurity, especially kidnapping, which is a big issue now?” He responded: “You know, I have just seen the IGP, he is… I think he is losing weight; so, I think he is working very hard.”
Buhari’s comment was received with shock, after the video of the interview surfaced online.
Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, accused him of making a joke out of the insecurity in the country.
She said: “And this is supposed to be funny? A President @MBuhari making a joke of the daily drenching of the country in the blood of his citizens, who are killed daily without ANY consequence, while he bears the title “Commander-in-Chief”? Carry on.
“I frankly decided to never again waste my Voice on a political class that has no redeeming prospect of caring about their citizens.”
Below are some other reactions:
I did not know insecurity was a weight loss program. – The_BookSeller (@the_bookseller1) May 6, 2019.
This is an unnecessary humour, especially at a time when the polity has been heated with fear resulting from serious insecurity challenges across the nation. – MAKOTINY (@makotiny) May 6, 2019.
They asked Buhari what his plans are to curb insecurity & the terrorism menace going on. My President said, ‘The IGP is losing weight, so he must be working’. God forbid this country. – Angie (@Angel_stiitch) May 6, 2019.
“I just saw the Police IG, I think he is losing weight, so I think he is working very hard” – President Buhari (on security in the country). This is a huge joke. What has the weight loss of the IGP, got to do with a totally collapsed security system & the daily siege on the nation. – Emmanuel Enoidem (@enoidem1964) May 6, 2019.
Amidst all the killings and kidnappings, Buhari still makes jokes. IGP is losing weight, so IGP is working?? It just tells something about Buhari himself. – Rahma (@Rjay_omale) May 6, 2019.
Sad one… What did we do to deserve this oh Allah. – Tosin (@Donteewrites) May 6, 2019.
Does nobody talk to this man @MBuhari????? At least other Presidents of the countries he is travelling to… – Joshua (@Joshua49144449) May 6, 2019.
Did the President just say this rubbish? @MBuhari needs to join the comedy group. – Dolomisckyyanky (@AdewunmyO) May 6, 2019.
In Nigeria when you lose weight, you are working hard. Same mentality most of us use in our daily lives. If we do not sweat in the work or job, you are not doing nothing. Sweating and weight loss, are the yardstick for hard work. Learnt something new. – BetsRus (@oddminers) May 6, 2019.