ABUJA – Nigerians are currently dragging president Muhammadu Buhari in social media for appealing to bandits to release the abducted students of Greenfield University, five of whom have already been killed.
EyewitnessMedia gathered that had while reacting to the release of 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, said, “I again appeal for the release of the students of Greenfield University and all other citizens held in captivity.
“We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Nigerians live in a country where everyone can move where and when they want—without the fear of kidnapping and banditry.”
His reaction sparked controversy in the media, with many on Twitter wondering why the President would appeal to bandits who ought to be arrested and prosecuted.
Although the comment section of the President’s tweet was disabled, some Nigerians took to the private social media handles to lampoon the President, describing him (Buhari) as a regrettable mistake.
Columnist, Gimba Kakanda, tweeted, “Appeal? You have army, navy, air force, police, civil defence, DSS and many other resources at your disposal, dear sir. You don’t appeal, you act. You are the C-in-C, not some motivational speaker.”
Analyst, Bulama Bukarti, also faulted the President’s plea, saying, “Is ‘appeal’ to brutal criminals the call of the C-in-C? Are the culprits, who can’t read and write, on Twitter? Do they speak English?”
Franklin Adebayo Adimchinobi tweeted, “Even GEJ didn’t appeal to kidnappers but here is Major General Buhari (rtd) doing the unthinkable. The lie they sold Nigerians. Buhari will handle security while oga pasito will handle economy. Security we no see, economy sef no gree show face (sic).”
A tweep, Koko Udofia, said it was funny that Buhari could deploy soldiers in the South-East but appeal to bandits.
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