President Muhammadu Buhari has drawn criticism from Nigerians for his rendition of the Christmas song.
Buhari and Osinbajo were joined by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to sing the festive song in a video shared on social media.
However, Nigerians online were quick to point out that the President had not sung the popular Christmas jingle since his assumption of office in 2015.
Nigerians on Twitter noted with curiosity the timing of the rendition, with the 2019 elections less than two months away.
In one of the videos shared, the voiceover of a reporter for the Nigerian Television Authority, Adamu Sambo, could be heard, noting that Buhari “does not extend such a privilege to his Muslim aides at similar religious festivities.”
A user, @tonypox, said, “Buhari who did not sing in 2015, 2016 and 2017 has now decided that it’s in 2018 to sing the ‘Merry Christmas’ song. Lol.”
Rex Showunmi said, “President Buhari’s Christmas song made me laugh. If election is not the biggest invention since fire, I don’t know what else is.”
Ejegbavwo Johnkelvin said, “Buhari doesn’t know how to sing the Christmas song.”
@afrispheric said, “December 2015, no Christmas song from Buhari. December 2016, no Christmas song from Buhari. December 2017, no Christmas song from Buhari. December 2018, pitiful Christmas song from Buhari. Who’s fooling who here?”
@Splendi73836507 also said, “So, the trio of Osinbajo, Buhari and Oshiomhole sang the ‘Merry Christmas’ song for Nigeria (very boring and Buharistic though).
“The ridiculous NTA reporter (even) had the brains to say that Mr President doesn’t extend such gesture to his Muslim brothers. Thank you for singing for us.”
Sani Kadiri said, “It’s really elections o’clock in Nigeria. Just saw the video of Buhari singing a Christmas song, like in a very rare event.”
Michael Madueke said, “Horrible! It’s a Christmas song, not the national anthem. Show some emotions and be happy, Buhari. It’s not by force.”