Buhari Is Jealous of Twitter’s Power and Other Things We Learnt from His UN Speech

September 22, 2022

On September 21st, 2022, Buhari addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It’s the final address he’ll ever give at the annual summit as Nigeria’s president as he prepares to pack his bags in May 2023 to return home to Daura:

Buhari Is Jealous of Twitter's Power and Other Things We Learnt from His UN Speech

Home is where the milk is

…or London:

Buhari Is Jealous of Twitter's Power and Other Things We Learnt from His UN Speech

Home is where the flight takes me

We sat through the president’s speech so you don’t have to, and here are the things we learnt.

Buhari is jealous of Twitter’s power

It’s not a secret that Buhari isn’t a big fan of Twitter. After all, he did suspend the social media app in Nigeria for seven months because they deleted his sketchy tweet.

Buhari’s UNGA speech showed that not only does he still hate Twitter, but he’s also jealous of its global influence. The president lamented that social media platforms like Twitter now give influencers the springboard to be louder than leaders on social and environmental issues.

Our only message to Twitter can then only be this:

Buhari doesn’t want to pay his gbese

Nigeria’s total public debt when Buhari became president in 2015 was ₦12.1 trillion. The debt has risen like yeast over the years to ₦42.9 trillion in June 2022. Buhari’s critics have always been concerned about his debt repayment plan, but his speech at this year’s UNGA showed that he’s counting on not paying everything back.

Buhari Is Jealous of Twitter's Power and Other Things We Learnt from His UN Speech

“I’m not a Lannister”

The president appealed to world leaders to consider debt cancellation for Nigeria countries facing the most severe fiscal challenges. Let’s hope he didn’t run into China’s UN delegation after his speech.

Baba Go Slow hates the pace of democracy

Buhari has earned many nicknames since he became president: Johnny Walker, Travel Blogger-in-Chief, Bubu, Jubril Al-Sudani and more. But the only nickname he’s ever publicly adopted himself is Baba Go Slow, which his critics used to mock the pace he deals with issues.

The president was quick to blame the slowness of the democratic process for his own slow pace when he delivered his UNGA address. This is how he described it to world leaders:

Buhari Is Jealous of Twitter's Power and Other Things We Learnt from His UN Speech

The silver lining about this part of the president’s speech is he conceded democracy still provides a government with the legitimacy it needs to deliver positive change. At least, we can be confident he’ll pack his bags and leave when his second term expires in May.

Buhari is a climate change advocate

Buhari Is Jealous of Twitter's Power and Other Things We Learnt from His UN Speech

“With these few points of mine…”

Many Nigerians don’t give him credit for it, but Bubu is one of the biggest champions of climate action. It’s an issue he regularly touches on in his UNGA speeches, and his final address wasn’t an exception.

The president reminded world leaders that Africa produces only a small proportion of greenhouse gas emissions but suffers consequences that are disproportional. His proposed solution to his colleagues is to do everything possible and mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. Let’s just be glad he didn’t propose that they ban climate change like he wants to ban everything.

Buhari will miss his UN trips

All good things must come to an end, and we can all recognise that bitter feeling when the curtain calls.  Buhari acknowledged this in his final UNGA speech by providing what he called his “final reflection from this famous podium”. 

No one asked him, but he said the one legacy he’d like to leave behind is that the world holds strongly onto values that endure. And what are those values? Justice, honour, integrity, ceaseless endeavour, and partnership within and between nations. 

Buhari Is Jealous of Twitter's Power and Other Things We Learnt from His UN Speech

We don’t remember anytime Buhari used any of those things to reduce the price of beans or the unemployment rate in Nigeria, but it’s probably one of those, “Do as I say, not as I do” situations.

Buhari Is Jealous of Twitter's Power and Other Things We Learnt from His UN Speech

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