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About the President’s Leaked Phone call

by Sanusi IsmailaApril 2, 2015

In the aftermath of the just concluded Nigerian election in which the incumbent president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, was defeated at the polls by General Muhammadu Buhari, one of the talking points has been the way and manner in which the incumbent accepted the results and his alleged congratulatory phone call to the president-elect.

That call has leaked and can be listened to below:

I thought the call was a good gesture for the sake of peace, but not necessarily one that makes him a hero overnight, but let’s leave that discussion to another day.

What has been niggling at the back of my mind is how a private call, between the sitting president of a nation and the president elect got recorded and put in the public. At that level aren’t these communications meant to be private and more importantly, secure?

If it was a deliberate PR score, was the PR worth giving the public the impression that the president’s calls can be “taped?’

Regardless of who recorded and posted that call, I think it sets a dangerous precedent. I’m also curious as to what the Nigerian laws say about such, if you have any insight, please let me know via the comments.

Image Credit: Adebola Williams
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