Bashir Ahmad, private assistant on new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed shock over the backlash that adopted a picture exhibiting the president picking what could possibly be remnants of meals from his enamel, which was posted on his Snapchat web page 5 months in the past.
The picture coincidentally resurfaced when a flurry of points just like the killing of three policemen by troopers in Taraba, the detention of the writer of Sahara Reporters, Yele Sowore over his name for a revolution amongst others had been making headlines.
The picture instantly sparked backlash from many Nigerians on social media, who stated that the president’s relaxed temper is a mirrored image of his nonchalant angle to the challenges plaguing the nation.
Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, described it as a ‘Fiddling-Nero-type-picture’, making reference to when Emperor Nero, the chief of Rome in 64 A.D, allegedly performed music on his fiddle whereas a fantastic hearth ravaged the nation for six days, destroying 70 p.c of town.
On her official twitter deal with, @obyzeks, she stated: “That a Presidency and their allies found this unflattering “Fiddling-Nero-type-picture” of the Nigerian President worthy of public view actually does take their celebration of lethal Incompetence to a stratospheric realm. But then, it truly is governance of tooth-picking.”
One of the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners, Aisha Yesufu stated : “Muhammadu Buhari is capable of picking his teeth. He is extremely good doing it and we call on the terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, etc, to stop abducting maiming and killing citizens and dare Buhari on teeth picking duel. That’s his level of competence.”
A human rights lawyer, Abdul Mahmud stated: “I love Buhari for his simplicity. Look at him picking his teeth by himself. All by himself; picking his teeth. Simplicity.”
But some argued that the president was merely being human whereas some merely made jokes out of the picture. While the backlash continued, Ahmad took to Twitter to categorical shock over the response to the picture, saying that he “innocently” took the shot on February 27 and that he didn’t count on that it may elicit such reactions.
“It’s hard to understand why some people are genuinely angry because of this innocent pic. When I innocently snapped it on Feb 27 and posted on my Snapchat, it didn’t occur to me that it’s going to give wailers that strong hit,” Bashir wrote.