How would you feel if your President referred to the citizen as mad people?

How would you feel if your President referred to the citizen as mad people?
Nigeria is at the center of global attraction with how the President keeps dragging its citizens to the mud. One of the latest trending events in the country now is the President Muhammed Buhari calling over 40 million of Nigerian citizens as mad people while he was France.

The last time he addressed the citizens as being lazy Nigerian youth while in ECOWAS meeting.

How would feel being insulted by your President in national television?

Comments

NickJ
Well here in the states, we have a president that constantly insults 'the people.' Including his own supporters at times. I think while it's unprofessional and very 'un-leader-like' to insult your countrymen when you're the leader of a nation, I'm sure the offended parties can easily make their displeasure about the situation well-known in the next election. Voting the current leader out in exchange for a new one.
Posted by NickJ on 11-13-2018
stbrians
If the citizens are called mad by their president then that president is a lunatic of the highest calibre. He is the head madman. Since he cannot cure the citizens then the most prudent thing is a vote of no confidence in him
Posted by stbrians on 11-14-2018
theresajane
Here in our country, Philippines, our President also can't stop cursing and even bad-mouth some people involve in the politics. I love our president and he has done great things for us. But, what I cannot deny is how he speaks, I admit that I'm ashamed of it even though he's been great, I think he would really behave himself properly.
Posted by theresajane on 11-14-2018
mark86
I heard about that. Philippines also has a president that has been criticized by his way of talking to people. There were many times that he said too offensive words to his critics. We are in the modern day and modern leader of each countries has been changing from being traditional into a different one.
Posted by mark86 on 11-14-2018
ballyhara
I didn't know about Philippines president and his attitude. But believe me, I have enough experience with our own president. It's so sad to see we all have so bad presidents, full of ignorance and bad behavior, they're supposed to set an example, and they do completely the opposite. Honestly, I don't know how we still stand those kind of politicians.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-12-2018
overcast
I don't think there is anything wrong with insults as long as they are constructive. But if they are meant as negative one to berate someone. It can be some of the time bad for the overall generation. So that decides the direction of the way president is going. Something that needs to be understood.
Posted by overcast on 11-14-2018
lovely
The problem isn't about the insult but where are you insulting us.You know it almost like a parent always insulting a grown up child outside the home instead of inside. You're killing the child's self esteem.
Posted by lovely on 11-14-2018
lovely
I hope the citizens will do the needful but you would be surprised to see them doing otherwise because of small bribe that can't even help put food on their table for days. The problem Nigeria has is just poverty which makes some people vulnerable.
Posted by lovely on 11-14-2018
vinaya
In our country, the President is just a ceremonial role, power lies in the Prime Minister. It is very common for the Prime Minister to call names to the people from the political parties other than his, however, I have not heard Prime Minister saying bad things about countrymen openly. We usually hear about such things coming from the private circles, however, these are just the rumors that cannot be verified independently.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2018
Corzhens
The worst that could happen if the president of the country is insulting the people is when the people do not make actions to stop it. Just like what our president is doing in insulting the Catholic church but the bishops and the priests are working against the president now especially when there is election next year. I’m sure the candidates of the president will suffer in the voting.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-10-2018
ballyhara
Exactly. How can a president insult the same people that put him where he is? And how can people be so passive to avoid taking actions to get rid of such an ignorant person? I've been in every protest people has organized, and we have fought for our rights, but there's still people who just stand quiet and doesn't move a finger. Our president also insults the church, but our priests are divided and some support this government, and I'm sure they're being kept quiet with money. What a shame we are.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-12-2018
ballyhara
Well, insults only show how ignorant a person is. And let me tell you, I'm in South America, and for sure I know what I'm talking about. Our president doesn't stop dividing and insulting the people, even the ones who are his supporters, so who's the ignorant and crazy? the people? or the idiot that's showing how poor is his mind. Honestly, where have all the cowboys gone?
Posted by ballyhara on 12-12-2018
amelia88
Wow, I feel like that's really inappropriate. A leader is meant to be the representative of the people, rather than putting them down and being downright insulting. If I lived there I would be looking forward to the next election so that I could vote him out!
Posted by amelia88 on 11-13-2018
stbrians
The insulting presidents must know that these lunatics are the ones who set him in power. If they are mad then his office is thanks and void. Mad people are not allowed to vote.
Posted by stbrians on 11-14-2018
amelia88
That's a good point! I still can't believe a leader of a country said that about the people he represents. How often are elections held there?
Posted by amelia88 on 11-14-2018
vinaya
If the President calls common people mad, how can he justify his position as a president as he has been elected by those mad people. Statements like these coming from a political of highest order only shows how unfit he is for the position.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2018
theresajane
Yes, it. It is really insulting and is not good for someone who's building a good relationship with the people whom he serves. This is not a good act to be known by people around the world too. It's shameful.
Posted by theresajane on 11-14-2018
iambeth
I agree. A leader of a nation should be the one to uplift his own people. I believe presidents have speech writers so I would assume that they have a reason for the remarks. I can't think of any positive reason though.
Posted by iambeth on 11-20-2018
ajahcuizon
I would probably feel sad but not angry. His description might trigger his people to rage as they don't want to be described like that. But if I would be described as a mad man, I would probably stay quiet as I know for myself the truth that I am not and I will never be.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 11-13-2018
ballyhara
I feel both, sad and angry. Angry because I can't believe majority chose this guy to be a leader, and sad because the same people that chose him, don't do anything to remove him or at least show their disagreement. That kind of insulting behavior is a shame, and it only shows his ignorance and misseducation.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-12-2018
stbrians
I would seek to sign a petition to remove him from office. He is not fit to rule. Do mad people vote? If they voted then it is wrong. If they are wrong then the elected person is in office unconstitutionally.
Posted by stbrians on 11-14-2018
mark86
That is the only way for him to be punished. It is not rightful thing to do criticizing your own people. He should serve his fellow countrymen that attacking them in appropriate way.
Posted by mark86 on 11-14-2018
vinaya
I think impeachment is the only option left if the President starts calling common people mad. Since the president is the servant of the people and not the master of the people, and speaking against the master is crime, the president should be removed from the office.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2018
stbrians
Am grateful you agree with me. He should never be left to get away with it. Enough is enough
Posted by stbrians on 11-15-2018
mitan143
Yes, I agree with impeachment. By just dragging his own people like that is already an obvious act of betrayal to his country. He deserves to be kick out of his position. But the problem is, if the people have the courage to urge for impeachment. I think people can't do anything with it.
Posted by mitan143 on 11-16-2018
NerdIndeed
Just make sure he doesn't win next time. The president, his allies, and everyone included in his cabinet so that this lunatic won't spread things like that ever again.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 11-17-2018
Focusedwriter10
Remember your president is a politician, and they are not changing any soon. There is nothing much you can do because he controls most systems in the country. Furthermore, Nigeria is in Africa, where is a democracy is yet to be achieved in reality. It is sad, but that was just a means of earning himself some points.
Posted by Focusedwriter10 on 11-14-2018
vinaya
Perhaps he spoke figuratively. He was in France and he said 40 million Nigerians are mad. Perhaps he was trying to lure western countries to donate for Nigeria or provide assistance for the sick Nigerians. We should not hastily conclude without understanding the context of the speech.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2018
stbrians
You cannot earn yourself points at the benefit of your subjects. Mad people are insane. Your subjects cannot be insane because they voted for you.
Posted by stbrians on 11-15-2018
jpk0007
There is no doubt that such remarks by the President about his citizens are very offensive and very condemnable. If a President does not have any love and affection towards his countrymen then he should never be allowed to sit on the chair of President. People should revolt against such individuals and take away their power. Afterall in a Democracy, the ultimate power lies with the common citizens of the country. After all, it's we the people who allow these politicians to get their posts and assume power.
Posted by jpk0007 on 11-14-2018
vinaya
In democracy, the ultimate powers lie in the people. If the Nigerians did not like the president calling them man, they will surely vote him out of the office in the next election. In democracy, it is the people who punishes the politicians.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2018
stbrians
I concur my friend. Bad leaders give but governance. What ensues from their foul mouths is like venom. The spittle ends up spreading hatred rather than love. That hatred is self destructive
Posted by stbrians on 11-15-2018
Alymae
True. A President who doesn't love their country does not deserve to sit in the chair of the President. What is his reason for running as President? Doesn't he have his country and countrymen at heart? Or does he only want power and fame? I believe that the most important character of a president is his love for his country. If he love his country, he will end up dedicating himself for the betterment of the nation and the people.
Posted by Alymae on 11-16-2018
theresajane
That is really offensive. No matter how much help he has done to a country, once you insult them, it will really leave a stain on them and will never see you as a good president unless you apologize and own up to your mistakes.
Posted by theresajane on 11-14-2018
mark86
I think it was not appropriate the fact that those people are Nigerian too. He should uplift the spirit of the Nigerian people and guide them into meaningful life. Criticizing them is not good and anyone would not allow to do the same to others.
Posted by mark86 on 11-14-2018
vinaya
He said 40 million Nigerians are mad, Since he is also one of the 40 million Nigerians, the President also referred to himself a a mad man. It is also important to note that how he said, where he said, in what way he said. IN order to interpret a statement properly, we need to understand the context as well.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2018
overcast
I don't feel bad or so. People in power are like that. And they do look down on other people who are at the bottom. So it's reasonable to say that making people mad is not always have any specific weight in that case. I just realized that president needs to be toned down so that people don't mind him much though.
Posted by overcast on 11-14-2018
lovely
Well,continuous not minding them wouldn't help in any way.Sometimes we just to tell them the truth when they're going out of line. presidents just have to bridle their tongue especially outside their home country.
Posted by lovely on 11-14-2018
overcast
Yes I agree. That some of the time we have to tell them. And that sets the direction for the people who want to rule the others. Some times we have to tell them when they are wrong.
Posted by overcast on 11-15-2018
lovely
This is my president and I always scare whenever he is to speak about his citizens because I know he will be saying something not worthwhile. So even if we are all mad must he wash our linen out there.this is appalling.
Posted by lovely on 11-14-2018
vinaya
He must have been very popular when he was elected for the office. How his popularity must have dwindled. I can assume that he is very unpopular now and his unpopularity has driven him mad and crazy, therefore, he is speaking ill. I can also assume that in the next election he will not be elected again.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2018
lovely
I hope we will all come together to do the needful and bring in only a credible leader.We have suffered so much already. I hope the incoming one next year will fare better
Posted by lovely on 11-15-2018
stbrians
Dirty linen in public shows how naive you are. Has he ever visited a doctor? There must be something wrong with his head.
Posted by stbrians on 11-15-2018
burgosmichael2407
Our President Rodrigo Duterte is one of the best president we ever had. He is well loved by his countrymen and hated so much by his critics and enemies in politics especially those who are involved in illegal activities including drugs. His unique and unorthodox way of leadership makes him more famous. However, in terms of public speaking, he was always criticized by the opposition because he constantly uses some profane and offending words as well as inappropriate jokes. Right is right and wrong is wrong no matter how you love him. But aside from that, he is still one of the best president this country ever had.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 11-14-2018
stbrians
Am Kenyan but I love Rodrigo Duterte. Dugong is his nickname I presume. I wrote a quiz about him in virile. He is my favourite world president.
Posted by stbrians on 11-15-2018
thejoyrevolution
Well the presidebt in my country cuss a lot and his spokesperson always defend everything he says as a joke or his humor. What is happening to the world? I still can’t believe that Trump is the president of US. How did this type of leader get pass through the people? This is insane.
Posted by thejoyrevolution on 11-15-2018
hstinscdln
If he referred to every citizens, including those who are helping the community grow, then I'll suddenly feel disappointed. The President should be the one taking the citizens on top and not degrading them. He should be the one to appreciate the citizens in the first place.
Posted by hstinscdln on 11-15-2018
lovely
Unfortunately he has never spoken good of his citizens. They are just there to loot the Treasury nothing else but I'm sure we are sure voting all of them out next year.
Posted by lovely on 11-15-2018
NerdIndeed
I hope he doesn't win next year as you say. Anyone who runs for politics and is only concerned with his personal interests and not for the benefit of the country should be banned by all means.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 11-17-2018
overcast
Yes true. Considering the constructive criticism is something one needs to be taking properly. Because being negative things are not that easier for some either. I guess we need to some of the time let people have some space instead of judging them based on their worst time.
Posted by overcast on 11-15-2018
Kakashi2020
It could be just a figure of speech or a wrong translation. Sometimes some English words have evolved to have different meanings when used by other countries as a second language. In Countries where English is the primary language such words can be degrading and humiliating but in the speakers country it's just a play of words.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 11-15-2018
mosesoscar
I do not know, but I do not think there's any reason whatsoever why any president, or leader, should curse those he is leading/ruling, especially in the international scene. People can be tiring, citizens can be recalcitrant, but no matter what, do not wash your dirty linens outside. If you do, you will end up blocking the way for the progress of your people; when in other countries they will be seen in light of what the president potrayed. Nobody would want to work with them. And in the home front, the citizens will be antagonized and may become more stiff-necked and uncorporative, resulting in bad leader-follower relationship. It is not good, professionally, politically, economically, and morally.
Posted by mosesoscar on 11-15-2018
stbrians
Well said. The president will lose popularity among his people and internationally. What a shame!
Posted by stbrians on 11-15-2018
emiaj55
I think my first reaction would be really offended. After all it was globally tele
Posted by emiaj55 on 11-15-2018
MomoStarr16
Yes it will be very offending to my part. They just see what they wanted to see and never see how effort I give then they will hate me.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 11-15-2018
emiaj55
-televised. But on a hindsight I think I would sympathize the leader on some levels. After all leading a country when your fellow country men won't contibute to change then all your efforts may be for nothing. And it is very frutrating as it is.
Posted by emiaj55 on 11-15-2018
MomoStarr16
Of course i will feel bad for me. Especially if I do my best to be a good president for my country. But if I was a joke as a president I will never feel anything at all.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 11-15-2018
mitan143
The first thing would come to my mind is their citizens voted for unqualified country leader for me. A country leader or the President shouldn't bring his people on shame, and instead he must do everything to save and to protect his people. Poor people, they have given a leader such like that. I can't afford if it happens to my country. No, there's no way we would elect someone who's not even loyal to his own country people. I wonder why would he drags down his own people like that to other countries. I don't want to judge him early, I want to know his side for doing that. But in any case, he shouldn't had done something like that in the first place. It is his own people, not from others. So why?
Posted by mitan143 on 11-16-2018
YoloBoy
Well I won't be that offended by the words of the President. Yes he is the leader of the country but yet again he is just a human being. All of us have our own opinion and thoughts on certain people and if he sees us all as the mad people then that is HIS words. A great president would not call his people such things but positive and motivating words. Why did we choose him in the first place if he is just going to call us that? We should be wise and mature enough that if we are to choose a leader we need a leader with an open mind, open heart and a person who truly motivates and assist the people of his country.
Posted by YoloBoy on 11-16-2018
luv2xacosta
Definitely disappointed! I mean if the president's intention is to embarrass his people in front of another country or in front of the television, that would be very insulting. In the first place He should lead/ guide his people for the betterment of his country not to mock them. I know he is just a human being but he is the leader also of the country. If sees to it that his people are not working enough then he must do something to encourage them. A wise leader can always command his people to work wholeheartedly if he knows how to handle them and how to handle this kind of situation. It is a bad move for a leader to openly calls His people lazy or whatever which in fact he can do better than that. People will not act for rebellion or hold grudges from him if he knows how to carry his people.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 11-16-2018
NerdIndeed
I would feel bad. Imagine he's the head of the state, and he says things like that. You look up to him as a leader as he is the one in charge of steering the country to a better direction knowing for a fact that he doesn't believe in his people. Screw him, and Nigerians have every right to be mad about it.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 11-17-2018
jaybee19
I'm sorry about this. I haven't heard about this tho because I don't read news recently. On the other hand, if I and my fellowmen were insulted by our own President, I would definitely evaluate myself first before being sensitive and reactive and when I see that what he's saying is true, then I will shut up. But if not, I will definitely raise my voice wherever platform I can use to tell him that I am not with strong evidence at that.
Posted by jaybee19 on 11-18-2018
Denis_P
Oh, I know how it feels. President Donald Trump insults the American people on a regular basis by being the poor example of a leader that he’s been shown to be. That being said, I don’t know if he’s ever been so direct as to call the American people lazy or mad. It’s really unbecoming of a president to act in such a way, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the people would retaliate in protest or violence due to such disrespect. The president, and all politicians, would be nothing without the people. Without the people, you’d simply be ruling over a patch of dirt. As I said, I’d not only feel insulted but I'd take up arms in protest.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-19-2018
Corzhens
Our president is also weird because he curses and swears in his speeches. Can you imagine Donald Trump saying that bad word SOB in public? Our president does that and it is normal for him to curse. But he still has the backing of the people and he seems to be a celebrity that’s why he could get away with his antics. But when his popularity gets down maybe he will be overthrown.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-19-2018
csk81
The president is elected by the people and if he says those are mad people then he is the biggest mad person in that country. If he says like that then he is not fit for that valuable position.
Posted by csk81 on 11-20-2018
cmoneyspinner
How did he get to be the president? Did sane and sensible elect him? He's only one man. Is it hard to get rid of him? Is it because of mad citizens backing him up? I'm sorry. There has never been a leader born that people couldn't take out of power if they set their mind to overthrow them.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 11-20-2018
agbuyarashel
It's the same here in my country. Our president jokes about raped women and cursed President Donald Trump and even God that's why Catholic Church always have something to say to him because his mouth canno't be controlled.
Posted by agbuyarashel on 11-21-2018
gutzman
This is very disturbing because, aside from it is televised, pertaining to your people as mad is kind of against of what a leader should be. A leader should guide his citizen to the right track if he thinks they need some help but not to insult them. He should be sensitive about the issue and should not address each and everyone as a whole. This also sounds so unprofessional and will gain public distaste.
Posted by gutzman on 11-30-2018
antonToledo
Wow, how in the world is this person been elected as a president in the first place? As the president of a country and as a leader of the state, you should know better now to call your citizen mad and lazy! A president is a public figure and he should choose the right words in addressing his people! When you have a chance to speak always aim to inspire!
Posted by antonToledo on 12-07-2018
jaymish
Don't worry these are the words that incompetent leaders use to make themselves feel better, but they are just still incompetent. I'm glad he is alive and not a clone as people in Nigeria and the internet claim. Leaders are supposed to create opportunity. E.g infrastructure and conducive environment for business to be started and to grow. These leaders have to clue what they are doing so they need to blame someone, and they always blame the youth who are still vulnerable.
Posted by jaymish on 12-08-2018
mhingnhormz
It is not the kind of ideal president. I am just wondering how come he become a president in that country if he treat his people in that way, for me he is not capable being a president the way he address his fellow country men is not acceptable. People ther should file a petetion for him to know the true power of people.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-09-2018