Why Photo of President Buhari picking his teeth used to illustrate bad leadership?

President Buhari’s teeth-picking image was purposefully used to illustrate bad leadership by Scottish University. Robert Gordon University stated Buhari’s behavior better sums up other instances of terrible leadership throughout the globe and that it fosters academic independence among its students and academic staff.

In the face of escalating poverty and instability throughout Nigeria, a respected Scottish institution has verified depicting weak leadership with a picture of President Muhammadu Buhari picking his teeth with a toothpick stick.

According to the Peoples Gazette, Robert Gordon University stated Buhari’s behavior better sums up other instances of terrible leadership throughout the globe, and that it fosters academic independence among its students and academic staff. “The video shows the lecturer summarizing the findings of a student-led debate around several instances of leadership,” the school claimed.

The Aberdeen-based college noted, “RGU is dedicated to safeguarding the academic independence of its personnel.” The comment came only days after a video of the lecture in which Buhari’s teeth-picking image was used to demonstrate terrible leadership went viral.

The RGU students analyzed images of Buhari, particularly one in which he was picking his teeth, and came to the conclusion that he had the characteristics of a sluggish, lousy president.

On August 5, 2019, his administration issued the iconic picture, which appeared as turmoil and deprivation engulfed the Nigerian people, to insult those seeking the quick release of human rights campaigner Omoyele Sowore.

It showed the president on a couch, apparently after a meal, picking his teeth. His native babanriga outerwear hung nearby, and his reflection on the glass shelves revealed that he was watching himself on television.

President Buhari on a couch, apparently after a meal, picking his teeth
President Buhari on a couch, apparently after a meal, picking his teeth. ©Twitter

The photo won the Nigerian leader significant mockery and served as a jumping-off point for social media parodies. Critics said the image bolstered Mr Buhari’s long-held public image as a greedy and inept leader. His accomplices and family members have been accused of gaining a lot of money via shady dealings.

Tunde Sabiu, his nephew, has a growing reputation for stowing billions in state funds. Yusuf, the president’s son, was involved in a motorcycle accident in Abuja that cost more than N100 million. Aisha, the president’s wife, and the president’s other children are often overseas, living lavishly on the wealth of a nation dubbed “the world’s poverty capital.”

The Gazette revealed in December 2020 that the federal tax agency had sent money to Isa Funtua, Mr Buhari’s ardent supporter who had gone away months before. The president did not return a request for comment on the GRU speech.

However, the president has stated on several occasions that he is properly managing Nigeria and that he and his family are free of corruption.

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