On Wednesday,Septemeber 25, the Presidency defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to respond to a question directed at him by reading from a prepared text while serving as a discussant at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019.
The session took place on September 23 in New York as part of the ongoing 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
President Buhari was among the panelists which included Fiji, the Netherlands and the Bank of England, drawn to discuss the topic, “Towards a Resilient Future: Announcement of Plans to Mainstream Climate Risk in Decision Making.”
The moderator at the session, asked Buhari, “President Buhari, Nigeria has a very young population; perhaps you might highlight what a pathway for a resilient future looks like?”
Instead of speaking off-handed, the President read from a prepared text.
This action set Twitter buzzing, some people were saying that Buhari could not address the issue without using a prepared text.
But, the Presidency had responded back to the comments made by saying that the primary purpose of the session was to elicit responses from the panelists on their plans for the future.
It went ahead to state that it was exactly what Buhari did in his speech which dwelt on Nigeria’s plans, a response the Presidency insisted, adequately addressed the moderator’s question.