President Muhammadu Buhari’s first presidential media chat showed that there’s a new Sheriff in town.
Senior special assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said on Saturday, that the President was natural and ‘unpretentious’ throughout the media chat.
Shehu lauded the President for the rare candour displayed while answering questions posed at him.
“He was unpretentious throughout. This alone had the effect of reinforcing his reputation for candour. But he also showed a softer side of himself. He joked, he laughed and showed flashes of frustration and he was characteristically himself: calm, self-confident, composed and not for a moment did he try to be someone other than himself.
“The important take-away from my point of view is, beyond there being a “New Sheriff in Town” in the president as Commander-In- Chief, the President used the occasion to go over the heads of the editors to engage the millions of viewers, forcefully driving home his sometimes bitter points of view on a wide variety of issues.
“He put up a brave presence and a brave defense on key issues of the day –security, corruption, economy and the indivisibility of the country.
“Talking about candour, it is very rare that when asked a question, the leader of a country will say I don’t have the answer, I will seek explanation from so, so or that I will instruct the Central Bank to issue a statement on that.
“This is why when he speaks the public believes him, because he does so with sincerity. This is something that helps public perception. A leader who knows it all by himself is not what a country needs”, Shehu stated.