Media-shy Buhari to appear in 2nd interview in 2 days on Friday night

Buhari will appear on government-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) at 8:30 pm.

President Muhammadu Buhari [Presidency]

President Muhammadu Buhari, infamous for his rare engagements with the media, will appear in his second local interview in two days late on Friday, June 11, 2021.

The president's spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said in a statement on Friday afternoon he will appear on government-owned Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) at 8:30 pm.

"It promises to be revealing and educating. Kindly keep a date," he said.

Buhari appeared in an interview aired on Arise TV on Thursday, June 10, addressing his handling of the country.

The president has only sat down with the local press a handful of times since he was inaugurated in 2015, preferring instead to communicate with Nigerians through press statements and recorded broadcasts.

He has been widely-criticised for not engaging with Nigerians enough, especially during times of crisis when the president's voice is usually important.

In his pre-recorded Arise TV interview on Thursday, Buhari took a stand against devolution of power to state governments, and demanded governors re-energise the dull local government system.

He also renewed his commitment to fight against insecurity across Nigeria, admitting that his government has been overwhelmed by the crisis in the north west where bandits have killed thousands and kidnapped more for ransom over the past few years.

The 78-year-old also vowed to crack down on separatists in the south east, and advocated for the reopening of old cattle routes and grazing areas to put an end to the herders-farmers crisis that has plagued the country for years.

The president said his plan after his tenure ends in 2023 is to retire to his farm and tend to his cattle.

He said he hopes that Nigerians are fair when they judge his legacy after he's gone.

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