The Yar’Adua absence saga is becoming embarrassing. The Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe was interviewed by the BBC on its BBC “Hardtalk” programme. It is very uncomfortable viewing. Maduekwe stumbled and stammered through the interview as the BBC interviewer fired poignant questions at him about Nigeria’s crumbling foreign reputation over the Mutallab terror plot, and President Yar’Adua’s long absence from the country.
Maduekwe was asked when he last spoke to Yar’Adua, and replied that he had not spoken to the President since he went out of the country for medical treatment. The incredulous interviewer can barely contain himself when he excitedly exclaims his horror at the fact that the Foreign Minister of a country has not spoken to his own President for 2 months and is barely peturbed by it. Maduekwe stumbled with a response of “slightly less than 2 months”….and was very uncomfortable when being confronted with the banality of a situation where Nigeria is faced with a major foreign policy crisis that denigrates its image, associates it with terrorism and yet the President is unable to speak to his Foreign Minister about it or issue a policy statement in response to being blacklisted as a terror hotspot by America.
He tried and failed to look cool, calm and collected….but ended up looking very uncomfortable and fumbled his way through some pointed interviews. He was unable to convincingly respond to questioning as to why the government is being so secretive about Yar’Adua’s health,
Click below to watch the uncomfortable interview….