Nigerians on social media are currently reacting to a video of President Muhammadu Buhari speaking on Coronavirus disease in the country.
Officially known as COVID-19, the pandemic disease originated from China late last year. Nigeria, as at the time of this report, has officially recorded 30 cases confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Health.
On Sunday evening, a twenty three seconds video surfaced on the internet showing President Buhari speaking on the outbreak of the disease in the country. This came after critics and the Nigerian Senate called on the president to address Nigerians on what his administration is doing to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Bashir Ahmed, the president’s media aide, also reposted the version of the clip which appeared to have been edited.
“We are working with the Federal Ministry of Health on protecting our citizens from #COVID-19. As a government, this is now a key priority for us,” the president is heard saying in the video clip which showed he was addressing an audience.
“I therefore enjoin you to ensure that adequate medical provisions and other welfare requirements are afforded,” he said before the clip abruptly ended.
Some Nigerians who watched the video reacted to the president’s pronunciation of some words. See some reactions this reporter picked from Twitter.
@MBuhari obviously couldn’t pronounce corona virus so his handlers avoided the word in his speech and chose to use covid-19 which Buhari could still not pronounce instead calling it civik 1-9. It’s now very clear that Nigeria is presidentless. We re officially on autopilot mode.
— O. E. Basil-Uka (@Basil_uka) March 23, 2020
When I said @MBuhari might not be aware of COVID-19, some thought I was joking. Hear him now. He read out 23 seconds on it from a script calling it “COVIK ONE NINE VIRUS”. And his Personal Assistant is SO excited that his boss has murmured three sentences on COVID. https://t.co/0dw1DhwXHn
— Bulama Bukarti (@bulamabukarti) March 22, 2020
Covid -19 or Covik One Nine, na una sabi. WHO wasn't wrong. PMB might have pronounced Covid as Covik, but was not wrong with One Nine. That's how the owners of the name wanted it. Buhari is right on that.
So can we all put same energy on getting people to follow safety protocols? https://t.co/oTd3L613Un
— Tunde (@ogbenibabalola) March 23, 2020
President Buhari finally speaks on the Covid19 endemic and it was utterly disappointing.
— Toluwatope 🇳🇬 (@Mart_bay) March 23, 2020
Buhari should have put Nigeria on lockdown 2 weeks ago but he did nothing.
— DK_PRO (THE BROKE GUY) (@Dkpro8) March 22, 2020
God how did Nigeria get here pic.twitter.com/dClNkt6JRC
— Matthew Tegha (@matthewtegha) March 22, 2020
Buhari’s “Kovik One Nine” pronunciational Mishap Proves His Dementia-THREAD
After so much pressure, which my widely shared Saturday Tribune back-page column has added to, the Aso Rock cabal finally forced Buhari, a dementia-plagued, insentient old geezer who masquerades as
— Farooq Kperogi, Ph.D (@farooqkperogi) March 22, 2020
I told my family and friends on Facebook that Buhari can not cope with that office.
— Dokun Ojomo (@DokunOjomo) March 22, 2020
When I said @MBuhari might not be aware of COVID-19, some thought I was joking. Hear him now. He read out 23 seconds on it from a script calling it “COVIK ONE NINE VIRUS”. And his Personal Assistant is SO excited that his boss has murmured three sentences on COVID.#Buhari pic.twitter.com/SfvpdIuQz7
— Ahmad🇳🇬🌹 (@Ahmadgeologist1) March 22, 2020
Buhari calling #COVIDー19 as #COVIC -1-9 is a testament that he doesn’t know what’s going on in the world. He just read what was written to him.
The most important word right now in the world is COVID-19, that a President of a country pronounced it as 1 & 9 is a clear “unaware”
— Tony José-Maria (@toornie) March 22, 2020
#Buhari again. This time it’s #Covik1_9virus instead of #Covid19. This happens despite two months of rehearsals on how to pronounce the name.
Who is not ashamed of himself having him as the president of a nation with over 200 million people? @AishaYesufu @OmaleJohnAchimu
— Ahmad🇳🇬🌹 (@Ahmadgeologist1) March 22, 2020
Nigerians: Buhari must address us
Buhari: we are on top of the situation
Nigerians: ohhh Doomsday, he cant even pronounce covid-19 virus 😭😭😭
How do we please Nigerians?
— Damilola Fagbohun (@Damsoqueen) March 22, 2020
If you're gazed bcos president Buhari couldn't pronounce Covid-19, then you will keep gazing till 2023. My problem is how did the president rose to the highest rank in military. Was there no exams to be taken before any promotion or it was just promotions based on quota system.
— F. M Julius (@f_mjulius) March 22, 2020
I do not care whether Buhari can pronounce the COVID-19 correctly. What I care about is for him to take decisive action to slow the spread and contain the virus. Failing on both fronts is even more fatal even though I will overlook the first. Sigh
— Tribune (@ikhanaib) March 22, 2020
The President was forced to address Nigerians for less than 30 seconds on COVID-19. He calls it COVIK 1-9. Old age is catching up with Buhari. Let him go home to his family for adequate care in a loving environment.
— Olóyè (@OluniyiGates) March 22, 2020
Nigerians y'all are damn hypocrites, Yes Buhari has his flaws but he's human, y'all wanted him to address the nation on COVID-19 he did, and y'all are finding fault at what he said, what did he say that was different from what the minister for health hasn't said before now??
— Dat Jos Bwoy😎🤠 (@drugz_dj) March 22, 2020
All the people defending that Buhari’s speech on #COVID19 seem to have forgotten that speech coherence is an important leadership skill.
— NaijaPR (@Naija_PR) March 22, 2020
— BoLaJi⚙️ (@TechTechTek) March 22, 2020
Covid-19; Buhari’s speech on Coronavirus.
As a president, but he doesn't know the name of the disease that afflicts the world, as he said "Covikk one nine virus".
Of course we have the worst president ever. pic.twitter.com/NhkSpGAhZQ
— Muhammad Sanusi (@abban_hajia) March 22, 2020
With this video, it's quite clear that President Buhari knows nothing about the pandemic covid-19. It means he has never watched it on news to hear how it's pronounced nor has he heard anyone speak about it anywhere around him. @chinedu66272481 https://t.co/vegyRyE2EN
— Harrison Elekwa (@Elexharry) March 22, 2020
If we have any hope of surviving this Covid-19 Pandemic it's on d @NCDCgov & @Fmohnigeria. All d Executive and and other arms of government needs to do is give these agencies and ministries the needed resources and support they need.
If you like kill yourself over Buhari speech.
— ❤️ (@Erhiskobi) March 22, 2020
I’m almost in tears,, so President Buhari never cared or seeked details on this Corona virus 🦠 outbreak. I mean he called COVID19 “covik 1 9 virus” 🙆♀️🙆♀️
— iTweet for fun (@NaijaVirgin) March 22, 2020