The top ten most controversial excuses of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been laid bare in this enthralling piece.


More often than not, leaders across the world are put on the defensive either in form of a backlash for a policy misstep or by the ferocious snap of their political detractors.

Also as frequent, though, is the tendency of their aides to swiftly intervene and minimise the magnitude of public relations damage a controversy could inflict on their principals.

This is what top officials of the Buhari administration have done over the past two and a half years.

Within this period, the government has endured its fair share of public relations nightmare.

From disowning its official campaign document following citizens’ demand for fulfilment of promises; to blaming rats for budget inconsistencies, some of Buhari administration’s excuses could stack up well with those of Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Saddam Hussein’s spokesperson who was declaring victory on TV even when invading Americans could be seen launching sorties in the background.

Following the recent blaming of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the scandalous recall of a dismissed fugitive into public service —an excuse that rivals the legendary dog-ate-my-homework parlance— PREMIUM TIMES collates 10 of the government’s most controversial, even ridiculous, excuses.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but here’s our top 11 in no particular order:

1. Rats invasion compelled president to work from home

The administration came under intense ridicule when it claimed that President Buhari was compelled to work from home because he discovered that rats had taken over his office when he returned from his latest medical vacation in the U.K.

The presidency was trying to disabuse the public from reports that the president might not have recovered well enough to undertake presidential duties.

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Culled from Premium Times