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The Presidency on Monday stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had in the past refused to grant interviews because that is not his leadership style.

Buhari had last week featured in two pre recorded interviews aired on Arise TV and NTA.

The President also visited Lagos State last Thursday where he inaugurated some projects, before delivering a Democracy Day Speech on June 12.

Speaking in an interview on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said a large section of Nigerians will be satisfied with his principal interviews.

Asked whether Buhari’s interviews and speeches last week allayed the doubt of Nigerians on whether the president is in control or not, Shehu said, “Yes, he has always been but there has been misperception and propaganda.

“By his own personal style, President Buhari is not too forward and he has not been frontal on many aspects. It is certainly not a sign of lack of effectiveness or that one is not in charge.

“People had yearned for him to speak to Nigerians and they have advocated for this including the national parliament, passing resolutions and there he was speaking as President Buhari, nothing artificial about him.

“The largest section of Nigerians are satisfied and happy to having seen the president animated, real-life, capable and exuding that confidence and capability to govern well but that obviously would have disappointed some people, who obviously in their view, nothing good can come out of an administration in which they are not a part of.”

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