President Buhari lacks power to restrict movement in Lagos, Abuja ...
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN, has castigate President Muhammadu Buhari on his Live broadcast on Monday night.
He discovered that the President was mute on the cash palliative to Nigerians, shortage of test kits , job losses, no action plans to guarantee the nation's survival corona virus, economic challenges, and many others.
The lawyer, revealed that Buhari clearly read out another Live speech and appealed him to quickly prepare another speech to Nigerians again.
SAN explained the Live broadcast as “largely uninspiring”, as it did not hit the real challenges being faced by Nigerians in this pandemic period.
Adegboruwa observed that the speech seek to consider the minds of Nigerians on the need to soften the shutdown given the hunger and suffering. 
He demand it cut down and provide solution to the “biting economic issues staring us all.”
“COVID 19 has constituted a huge distraction from the economic catastrophe that the nation has fallen into, without a clear blueprint from the President on his plans to take us out of the woods”, he complained.
“Prior to COVID 19, the President had set up a Presidential Economic Team that was to be reporting to him directly and nothing has been heard from that Team since then.
“After COVID 19, the President also set up another economic team to work out how Nigeria will respond to the economic issues post-COVID 19. The President did not address this in his broadcast.
“Prior to the President’s broadcast, his media aides had informed the nation that the President had met with the Minister of Health and the Director-General of NCDC, to take reports from them.
“Both of them had earlier informed Nigerians that there were no more testing kits and other valuable reagents. The President did not address this critical issue,” he said.
Adegboruwa affirmed that there was nothing in the President’s Live broadcast about actions being made to re-brand the health sector, which the head of the COVID 19 Task Force (the SGF) disclosed deficiencies. Ghana is building 90 world class hospitals post-COVID 19.
SAN also disclosed that, there are breaking of concord as the speech drafted had been delivered before the broadcast, with different contents, from the one eventually read by the President, showing lack of coordination, which has in turn caused uncertainty.
Adegboruwa regret that Buhari did not also speak on the issue of failure of compliance with the shutdown ordered and the actions being taken to resolve it and that the speech was mute about international and local  and general air movement.
“Curfew cannot work in Lagos State because of it’s peculiar traffic situations. People are usually up and on the road by 4am from the Mainland and from Ogun State to the Island and they close and stay in traffic till midnight, most of the time.
“With interstate lockdown and night curfew, most people working in Lagos from Ogun and Oyo States cannot meet up. The President should have consulted with the Governors of these States.
“As the National Assembly is now resuming, the President should liaise with them to have a law on COVID 19 in order to harmonize all COVID 19 regulations, to avoid the prevailing confusion across the land. It is urgent.
“The other point is that of the palliatives, which are not getting to the people that needs them. The President should involve mass-based entities and the civil society.
“There is therefore the need for another Presidential broadcast, to address the major issues of the economy. Nigeria is heavy and reeking in debts; its revenue profile is abysmally low now due to the fall in the prices of oil,” he added.
Adegboruwa cautioned that with the shutdown of land and air borders, the Customs have less work to do, and IGR will definitely reduced, given that the private sector had stop working for the past two months now.
SAN demand what will happen to workers in the private sector, as to situation of salaries, pay cuts and likely job losses, all of which will lead to more unrest, increase in crime and poverty.
“The President should consider major incentives to the private sector and the SMES in order to inspire economic growth.
“Without any doubt, China has become the major economic partner of Nigeria in social infrastructure, so what happens post COVID 19, given that China is at the centre of the pandemic?
“Whilst I commend the President for responding to the fears of Nigerians on extended lockdown, the Presidential broadcast is rather uninspiring as it has not addressed the main issues confronting Nigerians”, the senior lawyer added.

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