Dino Melaye, a former member of the House of Representative and the Executive Secretary of Anti-corruption Network on Tuesday said that the Independence Day speech broadcasted on national television by President Goodluck Jonathan is far from impressive calling it the ‘book of lamentations’.
Mr Melaye, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said what he expected the president to have done with the speech was to give Nigerians hope not to reel out the woes facing the country.
“The speech of Mr President yesterday shouldn’t have been a recorded speech in the Villa, it should have been made before Nigerians,” he said.
The former lawmaker said he was surprised to hear President Jonathan saying that he cannot solve the problems of Nigerians alone.
“Leadership is a serious business. What I expected from my president is a statement of hope not a lamentation. No one would expect that the president alone would ameliorate our problems. What I am saying is that nobody selected the team of Mr President for Mr President. He appointed his Ministers, he appointed his presidential aides. If there is a failure, it is his responsibility,” Mr Melaye said.