#SoundOff: Buhari Ought To Have Congratulated Arunma Oteh By Now

#SoundOff: Buhari Ought To Have Congratulated Arunma Oteh By Now

Arunma Oteh (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

Someone drew my attention to the fact that the President Muhammadu Buhari has not sent out a congratulatory message to Ms. Arunma Oteh for her appointment as Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank, nearly one week after the news broke.

He reminded me that a new president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) was elected over the weekend and the Presidency congratulated him promptly, as well as other such appointments that occurred recently, for instance, when former agriculture minister under President Goodluck Jonathan, Akinwumi Adesina emerged the president of African Development Bank.

Did the Presidency congratulate Oteh? Maybe I missed it. But I don’t remember hearing anything like that.

I want to assume that it was not deliberate.

If the Presidency did not, let Buhari send out a belated congratulatory message to Oteh and make it public.

Let it not be imagined that the Nigerian President chooses the Nigerians to congratulate and those not to congratulate when they record some milestones.

A line must be drawn between partisan political issues and national issues as well as individuals and national issues.

Azuka Onwuka is a veteran journalist, author, and columnist with The Punch. He is on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author.


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