President Muhammadu Buhari has further fueled speculations that he would not be participating in 2019 presidential debates by declining to be interviewed live on television.
Arise News TV published an interview with the president on its Youtube page on Monday, with the presenter, Charles Aniagolu, explaining that Buhari refused to be interviewed live but agreed to a recorded session with the TV’s sister organisation, ThisDay Newspaper.
Aniagolu said: “Straightaway, Mr Buhari declined to be interviewed live on camera by Arise News, preferring instead to hold a recorded session only with ThisDay newspaper. And so, the Board of Editors from ThisDay spent over an hour questioning the president about the substance of his major policy signature issues such as lapses in security, the fight against corruption, the economy, poverty alleviation and the infrastructure deficit.
Those on the interview team include: Eniola Bello, Managing Director of ThisDay newspaper; Kayode Komolafe, the Deputy Managing Director of ThisDay newspaper, and Segun Adeniyi, chairman of ThisDay Board of Editors, who was also former spokesman of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.