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Garba Shehu: A President’s 32″ TV



The following article was shared by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Senior Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) Garba Shehu on Facebook.


When Bayo Omoboriowo, the restless Personal Photographer of President Muhammadu Buhari, barged in on the President requesting to have his picture taken as he watched the match between the Nigeria Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, it certainly didn’t occur to him that he was opening a window to the world on the facts of life of a man who is singly responsible for the 2015 victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bayo said to me that it was the best picture of his short professional career.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been known to be a disciplined retired military General who lived a simple and austere life devoid of ostentation. He is not known to have the common vices associated with politics and politicians. He does not smoke or drink alcohol.

He didn’t belong to rich or royal families. He is known to have grown up with an enthusiastic desire to serve and his choice to serve in the army was not, therefore by accident. Even at 74, Muhammadu Buhari is known to enjoy a better health status than people much younger until of course, the recent bout of illness from which he recovered.

I think the reason that Bayo wanted to have that picture was a burning desire in him, and in all of us, to show that the President is well again, and has resumed his normal life.

What a majority of Nigerians saw in that picture was a lot more than that. The many who saw those images and shared them to millions of others on the social media with their comments, is a major revelation of the lifestyles of this spectacular public figure that has changed politics in Nigeria and Africa for good. They gave all sorts of interpretations to the TV set, the TV stand, the curtains, chairs and about every item visible to the eye in those pictures.

The images also had the effect of projecting the popularity of the President in the social media. From our official channels on Facebook, including that of the President, the Special Adviser, Femi Adesina and my own, we had thousands of comments and shares. We equally had a bountiful number of replies, tweets and re-tweets on the tweeter. More than 80 percent of all these were positive.

I present here to the reader, a few random choices:

Umar Yakubu @Umaryakubu: “This man’s simplicity makes one wonder why we hassle for so much in life”

Musa Garba Bawa @khalamuddeen: “PMB all the way, no shaking 2019 In-Shaa-Allah. Mal. Garba Shehu continue the good work we are 100% in support. Let Super Eagles win”.

Adamu Kassim @Kasimupro: “Truly this man is a leader. I will sell my TV to buy something like this”.

Femi Fakolade @femikolade “We brought nothing to this world and we shall go with nothing”.

Badong Joshua @Joshua_badong: “This alone shows how caring and all inclusive leadership style of our President”.

Olademeji @Omoniyi22: “Look at the home of our dear noble PMB, just very simple…God bless you”

Ohalem Charles Bekee @ohakem_b: “Simple”

Thywill Mac Diri @MacDiri: “This TV is 32″. This man is a simple pal”.

Chibuzo @ogopans: “I love dis (this) man soo much”

Bayo Lee @triplebayo: “modest sitting room belonging to such a humble man! Well done”

Nuel @nuelinc: “This man is super humble….imagine my President’s set of electronics….love you plenty Sir.”

iamLaBelle @sallyz80: “Can’t remember where or when last I saw this TV stand in any politician’s home. @MBuhari is so simple”

Ezekiel Dan @vandamie: “This President LG TV is LCD not LED let alone Smart TV. He’s so humble and real. How I wish he’s not this old”

Ole Gunner Silksjaur @Asaemzii: “I love leaders like u! That’s why I will be voting Raila Odinga to be the 5th President of Kenya. Change is inevitable this time. #UhuruVsRaila2.”

Sulaiman @Smoosty: “Ur simplicity and humility made me fall for you…Glad to have you as my President.”

Abdulkadir Wanka @abdulkaiwanka: “The same TV stand I usually complain my grandma of using bcos its outdated is wat my President uses…simplicity at its peak.”

Fatima Mohammed @timezglobal: (In posting the lavish parlor of an ex-president) “Who can compare Baba’s sitting room to this? This is absolute humility! May God guide and protect our dear President”

Horay of Ife @shalamsee: “Humility at its peak… this impressed me”

Baba Salami @sola Salami: “Baba still dey use VHS?”

Jamal [email protected]: “I love your simplicity sir! So humble my President, has anyone noticed d TV stand n cushions not the ones in vogue?”

Akhimie Godwin on Facebook: “Look at this selfless man, using an old television set and old furniture. I will always support you because of your modest lifestyle, unlike an average Nigeria(n) politician who will acquire all what they don’t need. Sai Buhari for life!”

Emmanuel Udom: “where on earth do you find a president of the most populous black nation on earth living a moderate life? It can only be Muhammadu Buhari. An answered prayer; that’s what Buhari is, a man of integrity, a man of impeccable character. Sai Buhari for 2019; he deserves it, we’ll prevail on him to continue with the good job he’s doing.”

Nasiru Yola: “the epitome of simplicity… such a decent man will only be abhorred by the ill-informed or the fantastically corrupt… carry on PMB….”

Ijale Timothy: “A born patriotic leader. God give you health to deliver this country beyond 2019. Love you my ​PRESIDENT.”

Adamu Bashir Njobdi: “If I wish to be a local government chairman, my living room will be far better than for the current president. May Allah continue to bless and give my president sound health. #PMB till 2023”.

Odeku Wisdom: “This is really nice. Enjoy the holiday my president. Sai Baba”

Salihu Abdullahi: “May Allah guide and protect our great leader.”

Abubakar Waziri: “Integrity, very modest house for the current President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ex-Military Governor, Ex-GOC, Ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ex-Head of State and C-in-C, Ex-Chairman Petroleum Trust Fund. Integrity speaks for itself. Please name another individual if you disagree.”

Ahmed T. Abubakar: “A leader with prudence, integrity, fairness and truth worth (trust worthy?) we believe in you”

Ajayi Olulope John Fnimn: “Simplicity and humility everywhere around him. Focused and patriotic. No weapons fashioned against you will prosper, Dear President.”

Adamoleken Femi: “God bless the President”

Jafar Umar Wathanafa: “Everyday, this man teaches something about vain life! modesty (a)musing.”

Oga Omoyemi Tilewa: “Just wanna be like this man, the same TV since he entered.”

Dami [email protected] “This room doesn’t worth mummy Diezani’s kitchen.”

I have two narratives to add to these positive sentiments. One, in the course of the campaign, I remember the then candidate Buhari being ushered into a lavish guest house of a serving Governor. Each of the single seats was as big as a settee or a bed, if you like. President Buhari jocularly commented that the chairs alone have filled up the room: Why this big?

Two, many may recall that when he gave out his daughter in marriage sometime last year, the President ruled out the use of government funds in all of the activities. His reason was that this was a private, family event and should be kept as such. And so it was.

A country struggling with its economy should consider herself lucky with a leader who husbands state resources as prudently as he does his personal resources.

All politicians have their selling points. For President Muhammadu Buhari, it is his simplicity, honesty, incorruptibility and personal integrity. Let the naysayers dispute!

Photo Credit: Instagram – @bayoomoboriowo


  1. Ephi

    September 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Useless sycophantic article.

    Anyway newsflash, election / campaign is over so Garba Shehu should advise his oga to deliver his campaign promises rather than giving us tales by moonlight. Rubbish.

  2. FasholasLover

    September 8, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Yes l am a nay sayer.
    Rubbish. 32Inch TV o, N40 sachet of milk all na bull crap. Poor man yet all his kids from Aisha schooled abroad. You allow urself to be sucked in by this nonsense OYO is your case.

    • FLEUR

      September 9, 2017 at 5:15 am

      They forget that some people will use their stolen wealth to lick icecream. Another will use their’s for Rolex. Yet, another will train their children in Elite schools. Some will even store theirs under the bed for their burial We should stop exhibiting our naivete.

  3. NG

    September 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    And the value of the wrist watch he wore last week is what again? Someone please remind me. Mumu plenty for Naija. People even excused him, that it must be s gift. Unethical, if your president goes about receiving such gifts from his office.

    Practically all 80+ men have a room with small TV people. Show us the room young Aisha and the kids use biko.

  4. Anon

    September 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Smoke and mirrors!

  5. Tracy Edward

    September 8, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    You people should stop complaining for once and think positiv. Positiv thinking is healing to your soul and body and your spirit man will be blessed. The President is a good man. If we all work with him and get rid of corruption he is fighting for, Nigeria will be one of the Top Ten country in the world by 2020 belive me. God bless our President in Jesus Name Amen.
    Nigerians you people complain toooo much, you guys should for once be life thinker and not death thinker. God bless Nigeria Amen.

    • Biker Chic

      September 8, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Suffer dey your DNA Shaaaaa.

    • Gboyega Ayoola

      September 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

      We preach transparency & incorruptible President Buhari.pls can you help ask him that the world is interested in how much went down in his Return from the UK 104 days treatment.who paid for it;personal or FGN? For me the picture doesn’t say much and this article is watery. Garba Shehu n his ilk should know better as to bringing write ups that can help propagate their master’s 2019 chances order than this.2017 Budget was passed on June 12th,has anyone asked what percentage of implementation the budget has achieved? All soothsayers, did u asked what was achieved with the 2016 budget? Nigeria says her economy is greater than South Africa’s economy with just 4000 MW of power? Shouldn’t we be ashamed? Ghana just commissioned a teaching hospital with accommodation capability of 8,000 beds and it’s a grand Hospital where no official will have to seek medical attention abroad. I can go on and on.Get the President to work n not all this sycophancy.

  6. Chidi

    September 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I wish the youths of this country (circa 65m) can nominate one candidate and all vote for the person. The questions are: who is this candidate? does he have intelligence, energy and integrity? what is his/her pedigree? are we ready to support a youth? will we support this candidate irrespective of his tribe/religion? All we do is analyse all 9ja problems with our tribal goggles on social media. If the youths continue this way, I’m afraid Buhari will win easily in 2019. Looking at the current political equation, I am yet to see a credible alternative to Buhari in 2019. For now, he has the political capital and stamina to command the highest number of votes in the country. Buhari’s followership is almost religious and his supporters are mostly people money can’t buy. We either present a credible alternative or support Buhari because we are never going back to the old PDP days.

    • Mrs M

      September 21, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Fashola nko???

  7. Manny

    September 8, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    BN, I expected to see “Sponsored Content” at the bottom. What happened? You forgot?

    • Biker Chic

      September 8, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Bella forgot. Don’t mind BN.

  8. Sisi

    September 9, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Haaannnn haba, you people should fear God. It’s seems Nigerians are bipolar or where did they get these tweets from? Propaganda or? Campaign 2019 begins. If you people like vote Buhari and his cohort again. Like someone said above suffering is in some people’s DNA

  9. Moniker

    September 9, 2017 at 7:56 am

    These comedians wee nor ki us. Warrisdis Garba wrote? We must be a gullible people to have elected these hoax to office. 2019 is around the corner. We will fix our eyes on the executives and forget the legislature. However long it’s gonna take, I believe we’d get it right someday.

  10. meelikey

    September 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    All this write up because of an old man watching a 32 inch TV. I think all these people around the President are the ones attracting more insult to him. Why make watching a 32 inch TV monumental and a political selling point??? Maka why now???????

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