Buhari’s Inaugural Speech Vague, Like A Campaign Promise – Adegboruwa


Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa is not impressed with the inaugural speech of President Muhammadu Buhari. He describes it as illusory and vague.

According to him, Buhari has stated the things he plans to do but he seems to have no clue how he is going to achieve them.

“I have read the Inaugural Speech of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), delivered immediately after his swearing in. It is gratifying that General Buhari has vowed to tackle the rot in the power sector, even though he did not give any direction on how to do that. By and large, it is my view that the President has not addressed the real issues affecting our lives in Nigeria,” Adegboruwa said in a statement.

“It would seem that the President is still on the soap box, whereby promises and promises and intentions, are the order. He is the President of Nigeria now and my expectation was that since March 28, 2015, when he won the election, when he received the certificate of return from INEC, when he got assurances from Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, that his election would not be contested, General Buhari would have outlined his main policy direction. But alas, that has not happened today.

“For instance, the President did not say anything on his foreign policy directive, on issues relating to global warming and climate change, the violence in the Middle East and the general global economic downturn. Also, the President was silent on the mode of tackling corruption, which indeed has been the main thrust of his electioneering campaigns; he was silent on the collapsing aviation sector, he kept mute on the unpaid salaries of millions of workers across the land, the huge debts that the Jonathan administration has bequeathed to him and indeed the main means of generating revenue, to run his government, apart from oil. General Buhari gave no hint on the mode of reform of the judicial system and the administration of justice generally, the expected policy statement on NNPC did not come, and even the Boko Haram insurgency, to which the President devoted most of his speech, ended up in a policy disaster, of cause after effect; in that the President will only know the cause, origin and
perspectives of the criminal organisation, only after he has succeeded in killing them all,” said Adegboruwa.

Adegboruwa said the inaugural Speech became another campaign promise as it was a statement of intention without action.

“It was too vague and illusory, like a speech being delivered by a novice in power. This is the President who has ruled this country as a Head of State, through a coup de tat in 1983, and one that has sought to rule this nation since 2003, so he had all the time in the world, to have mapped out his cause of action and strategies. This is surely not the speech expected from our GMB.

“In the coming days however, we expect more concrete reforms and ACTION,” Adegboruwa said.



  1. It’s ludicrous for this lawyer to react immaturely to the president’s inaugural Speach. What did he expect to hear? Maybe, he expected Buhari to tell Nigerians that he will start by sharing money.

    • if buhari should give details of how he will achieve his programmes,when are are they going to leave the venue of the inauguration. Only those who are full of prejudice will condemn the speech.

  2. Oga Lawyer,it was only an acceptance speech not a policy making conference or forum,you guys are always too quick at fault-finding and condemnation,applaud your own for once and be supportive.
    one day in time to come,it is still same mouth you will come to use to rant songs of his good-will and effort

  3. Mr Lawyer,you should have applied to write his speech since march 28th,speech expert,what do you know about policies,programmes and to run a good government, I-too-know

  4. I am highly disappointed that a lawyer could make such a senseless deduction from an ordinary inaugural speech,if he make his intents known right there where many of those that will be affected negatively are also present don’t you think it will guide them on what next to do?

  5. Is this man a lawyer or charge and bail person? How can you expect Mr. President to start talking about climate change and global warming when we have troubles caused by our countrymen at hand. The speech touched every part of problem troubling us as a country if you don’t know. The message has also been sent to people like you to people like you to be patrotic in your criticism. Pls grow up and stop make dem notice me moves.

  6. Good will. Nigerians,don’t bother, about,the lawyers criticism, because, he wants to be noticed and possibly appointed a minister.

  7. Are you expecting the mr president to map out all details analytical strategies of how to handle every single Nigeria problems at just this very few hours? How long do you think may take to finish? You may say time would not be the problem! But remember the inaugural speech is just a Headlines, the details is the period that he can rule. In fact it’s he (mr president) stress on most priority booming issues that’s at hand. (scale of references)
    InshaAllah tactical strategies of how to deal with those problems would soon reveal in his actions.


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