BUHARI AND HIS EMOTIONAL IMBALANCE
By Akin Ojumu
Christiane Amanpour of CNN interviewed President Muhammadu Buhari back in May 2016. As usual, it was a real doozy.
Here is an excerpt.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Your government received a proof of life video for about 15 of the kidnapped Chibok girls earlier this year. Our CNN colleague, Nima Elbagir who was in Nigeria got a hold of this video – she was shown it and she then showed it to the families, and this was the first time they had seen a proof of life of their lovely girls…of their missing girls. Why did it take our colleague to have to show the families? Why didn't the government share this information with them?
PRESIDENT BUHARI: I haven't seen that video. But even if I see it, I'll be very careful about showing it to the family. There's no point to deliberately raise the hope of the families if you can’t meet them. I saw the families as a group twice. One, they came to visit my wife. Two, they came as a group to see me. And the less I see them the better for my own emotional balance.
I never knew PMB to be a man with such an erratic emotion that simply meeting grieving families will upset his emotional balance. My impression of the man has always been that of an empathy-lacking individual incapable of feeling the pain of others or someone who just simply doesn't care.
Now that I know he is such a namby-pamby nervous wreck, I’ll certainly make sure to be a lot gentler in my future commentaries about him so that I don’t hurt his feelings and destabilize the old man’s emotional balance.
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