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Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by NwaNimo1(m): 6:39pm On Jun 09
When on October 14, 2020, I saw Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s tweet “Donate via #Bitcoin to help #EndSARS”, I knew that he would eventually run into trouble with the Nigerian authorities. No government in the world would have offered him a pat on the back for inviting donations to a movement that shook the foundations of its power.

From the Nigerian government’s perspective, the tech giant founder had helped increase the country’s internal crisis by leveraging his huge global reach to appeal for funds for protesters, who were chanting not only “EndSARS” but also “Buhari must go” in the streets of Lagos. There are a million and one respectable ways for a government to react, but the current Nigerian government did not find one.

So when on June 2, Twitter deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari referring to the 1960s civil war in southeast Nigeria and threatening violence, the response from the Nigerian authorities was swift. On June 4, the information ministry announced that it was suspending the social media platform in the country.

Make no mistake: Buhari’s deleted tweet was the climax – not the trigger – of the Nigerian government’s anger with Twitter. Its real problem with the platform is its status as the most prominent tool for civic slating of Buhari’s underwhelming government. This reached a head during the #EndSARS protest, probably Nigeria’s most organic protest in its recent history.

Surely, that protest could not have happened without Twitter. It was the platform on which victims of police brutality shared their sufferings at the hands of the men in black from the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Having spent days in a police cell and in prison undercover myself, I knew the majority of these stories were true.

In early October 2020, news of SARS officers harassing Nigerian youth and in one case, killing a young man, trended on Twitter and caused outrage across the country. This triggered a continuous outpouring of similar experiences shared by victims, which inflamed public anger and pushed many to take to the streets to demand the disbanding of SARS.

The biggest open secret in Nigeria about the protest was that the government hired thugs to attack protesters and infiltrate and discredit their movement. It is on record that state agents invested a lot of effort in covering up the deaths and injuries from the October 20 military raid that brought the protest movement down.

Eight months after the end of the demonstrations, Twitter remains the only platform where these events are sporadically revisited, sometimes on the 20th day of the month but many times without any specific reason. Twitter remains a thorn in the flesh of the Nigerian government, the one lasting remembrance ground for the blood that was shed at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos on October 20, 2020.

Speaking shortly after Twitter removed Buhari’s tweet, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed accused the social media platform of “funding #EndSARS protesters”. He also criticised Twitter for its failure to delete incendiary tweets by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is calling for the creation of an independent state (Biafra) in southeast Nigeria.

But Mohammed ignored the fact that Buhari’s tweet was massively reported by the public. Furthermore, Kanu’s secession-inciting tweets are nothing compared with the weight of a president threatening citizens with the treatment dished out during a civil war remembered for the genocide suffered by people in Nigeria’s southeast.

Buhari’s government exists – supposedly – on the mandate of the people; Kanu exists because of the failures of the government. Therefore, the two parties cannot be charged with the same levels of responsibility to the public. That this government cannot see the divisiveness of Buhari’s tweet is quite disturbing.


As far as IPOB is concerned, it is a self-made problem. Twitter merely serves as the amplifier of growing grievances. Many of those who reported Buhari’s offensive tweet have no sympathy for IPOB, but they are worried about the government’s obsession with Kanu and his people at the expense of more glaring and devastating threats to Nigeria’s existence.

In 2017, the Buhari government had the army declare IPOB a “militant terrorist group” in violation of the country’s Terrorism Act, which stipulates that only a judge can make that declaration, before subsequently acting in accordance with the law. Four years later, it still has not mustered the courage to so declare militants from herder communities as terrorist groups, despite their designation in 2015 by the Global Terrorism Index as the fourth deadliest terror group in the world after Boko Haram, ISIS and al-Shabab.

Just a few days ago, militants killed at least 25 and razed houses, shops and a palace in a town in Nigeria’s southwest, but they are not yet terrorists because of Buhari’s apparent bias for herders, being one himself. Bandits are terrorising Nigeria’s North; since December, they have abducted close to a thousand people and their unofficial spokesman Sheikh Abubakar Gumi often burnishes their image in the media. Still, to the Nigerian government, killers and kidnappers are no terrorists.

Minister Mohammed’s claim that Twitter has become a platform for “activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence” is implausible. The biggest threat to Nigeria is the lack of inspirational governance.

Nigerians are hungry. The naira continues to weaken. People’s purchasing power is decreasing. Unemployment is biting. Quality healthcare is lacking. Herdsmen, bandits and militants are killing people with impunity.

Solve these problems and watch Kanu disappear into obscurity. Nobody will listen to him if they have food on their table. Nobody will join the June 12 demonstrations, which some activist groups are calling for to protest the Twitter ban, if they were healthy and gainfully employed. June 12 is a significant day in Nigeria’s history because it was the date of Nigeria’s freest and fairest election, held in 1993. The result was annulled by the then dictatorial regime of Ibrahim Babangida.

Good governance is the ultimate secret to securing Nigeria’s corporate existence. Twitter, which Buhari used in 2015 to call on Nigerians to condemn the failure of the Jonathan government, cannot suddenly be the problem in 2021. It should not be taken away from the people currently using it to criticise his failings – unless, of course, he is saying we can count the remaining two years of his tenure an accelerated waste.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/6/9/buharis-got-99-problems-but-twitter-is-not-one-of-them

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by GreenFarmsNG: 6:40pm On Jun 09
Even his Arab brothers understand that Buhari is problematic.


If TwitterHQ were in Nigeria, by just deleting his juvenile rants those stooges called DSS would have been all over the place.


Buhari genocidal governance should be much of a worry, not Twitter. Dwib

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by mrvitalis(m): 6:41pm On Jun 09
Let's see if he would listen since this coming from his big brothers

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by NwaNimo1(m): 6:41pm On Jun 09
Gbam.....!



Enough said....i thinks?

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by MEGA4BILLION(m): 6:42pm On Jun 09
Well scripted.
Leaving your problems to chase shadows

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Fahdiga1: 6:44pm On Jun 09
Buhari doesn't know his left from his right. Terrorist Fulanis are running amok all over the country killing people but the only thing that this lifeless man deemed fit to do was to ban Twitter in Nigeria. Nonsense

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Vaughanlanrewaj: 6:45pm On Jun 09
GreenFarmsNG:
Even his Arab brothers understand that Buhari is problematic. If TwitterHQ were in Nigeria, by just deleting his juvenile rants those stooges called DSS would have been all over the place
Please read it nah. It was written by the same people with hatred and bigotry against President Muhammadu Buhari. Seems Twitter suspension coalesced all you guys' hatred and bigotry for PMB , for this group, the suspension of Twiiter Nigeria despite being used to spread hate and kill our patriots , it's the climax, not the trigger ". All the enemies of Nigeria will lose las las. They always lose. God bless Nigeria.

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Flamees: 6:46pm On Jun 09
The only solution to those 99 problem now is to join Attahiru

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Rugaria: 6:47pm On Jun 09
Aljazeera joins the crusade...
At this rate an indignant Jubril Al-Disaster will ban the internet...

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by realstars: 6:48pm On Jun 09
Incuding Ear Problem To Hear The Cry Of The Citisens, Not To Talk About Court.

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Officialgarri: 6:48pm On Jun 09
Nigeria has 99 problems and Twitter isn't one of them, yet America and the people can't sleep at night over the same issue.

I don't know why there's so much fuss about an ordinary smart phone app when there are tons of apps out there.

The FG had banned an app and no amount of blackmail will make them reverse the decision.

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Fahdiga1: 6:49pm On Jun 09
Vaughanlanrewaj:
Please read it nah. It was written by the same people with hatred and bigotry against President Muhammadu Buhari. Seems Twitter suspension coalesced all you guys' hatred and bigotry for PMB , for this group, the suspension of Twiiter Nigeria despite being used to spread hate and kill our patriots , it's the climax, not the trigger ". All the enemies of Nigeria will lose las las. They always lose. God bless Nigeria.
So Aljazeera hates Buhari. Tell me more

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by bcomputer101: 6:49pm On Jun 09
Hehehehe...


I won't be surprised waking up tomorrow that NBC has ban DSTV from showing ALJAZERA.

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by chatinent(m): 6:49pm On Jun 09
Ok o

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Firstorderwizard(m): 6:49pm On Jun 09
Aljazeera will soon suffer ban.
They're threatening our corn trees corruptrate existence

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by writetopoker: 6:52pm On Jun 09
As far as am concern Muhammadu Buhari can't spell his stupid name!!

It is evident that the only agenda of General Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria is to conquer all other ethnic groups by fully Fulanize and Islamize the country. For now, let’s talk about his stupidity. When it comes to stupidity, Buhari can be likened to an unhinged drunkard at the bar regaling patrons with his stupidity. For six years, we have been abused and at the same time amused by the deeply idiotic episodes of Buhari in Nigeria’s most stupid era.

Humans are fond of doing stupid things. Stupidity is more accepting in individual’s life. But we must rebuff and rebel stupidity in a national leadership.


There are two sides of history- the right side and the stupid side. A president can choose to be on a right side or on a stupid side. There is a mad rush for some presidents to be on a stupid side.




President Buhari
Few examples of Buhari’s impossibly stupidity will suffice. How profoundly stupid can Buhari be when for six years he has been jetting out to Britain for medical treatment and didn’t deem it wise to use the power and resources of his office to build first class hospitals in all the 36 states. With the prevailing state of anarchy in the country, Buhari doesn’t see it fit and right to address the nation even for once. On rare occasions when he addressed Nigerians, we had to plead and beg. American President Joe Biden since he assumed office 100 days ago, he has been having press conferences almost every other day. Buhari is building railway to Niger while such has not been extended to the 36 states. He said he’ll lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years. The same Buhari failed to fulfill his campaign promise of creating two million jobs every two years.

He said Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable. But he zealously pursue policies and programs that fragments and disunites Nigeria: nepotism, corruption, divisive politics, filled all federal civil service jobs and posts in federal agencies with his Fulani kinsmen. He proscribed IPOB freedom fighters as a terrorist organization. On the other hand, he appoints terrorist Isa Pantami as minister and staunchly stands behind Pantami and his terrorist declarations. Buhari desperately hunts for Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho Oosa who is fighting to save Yorubas from Fulani herdsmen terrorists. At the same time, he shields Miyetti Allah terrorists, the Gumis and other northern terrorist groups. I can go on, and on, and on.

Buhari’s regime has been one disaster after another. These fiascos can be ascribed directly to Buhari’s lack of intellectual horsepower. Buhari has given no indication he possesses mental capacity, wisdom, and leadership skills to be president. When the story of Buhari’s reign of terror is told many years from now, students and history enthusiasts will learn about Buhari’s terrorism, nepotism, lies, corruption, and self-enrichment. War drums from Buhari and Fulani invaders are becoming louder and louder every day. Nigeria’s break up is certain. Separation is the only way out!

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by 9niceguy(m): 6:55pm On Jun 09
grin
Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by techWriter1: 7:00pm On Jun 09
Let s see if he would listen since this coming from his big siblings

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by heniford2: 7:03pm On Jun 09
Imagine having a stack fool as ur presido imagine having buhari manage your business, you sales imagine him been your father know just imagine

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by NaijaRoyalty(m): 7:10pm On Jun 09
Buhari problem is longer than third mainland bridge but he choose to go after the smallest of them all, Twitter .

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by ThumbzTNA(m): 7:10pm On Jun 09
Apt. This is what journalism should look like

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by ChangetheChange: 7:12pm On Jun 09
Even Arab media have turned their back on Buhari and his Government.

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Cammo: 7:13pm On Jun 09
Furthermore, Kanu’s secession-inciting tweets are nothing compared with the weight of a president threatening citizens with the treatment dished out during a civil war remembered for the genocide suffered by people in Nigeria’s southeast.

In 2017, the Buhari government had the army declare IPOB a “militant terrorist group” in violation of the country’s Terrorism Act, which stipulates that only a judge can make that declaration, before subsequently acting in accordance with the law. Four years later, it still has not mustered the courage to so declare militants from herder communities as terrorist groups, despite their designation in 2015 by the Global Terrorism Index as the fourth deadliest terror group in the world after Boko Haram, ISIS and al-Shabab.


Just a few days ago, militants killed at least 25 and razed houses, shops and a palace in a town in Nigeria’s southwest, but they are not yet terrorists because of Buhari’s apparent bias for herders, being one himself.

Oh, my goodness!!! APC government is finally exposed as a terrorist organization.
grin grin

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by AMINDA: 7:15pm On Jun 09
Opinion piece by Fisayo Soyombo of the infamous "Omi Ewa"? I'll pass. This self-styled "investigative journalist" lost me when he put up a shambolic report purportedly of the dead from lekki tollgate massacre. The report was fraught with so much fraud and was neither here nor there but the grant must be justified. We get it.

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by AustineE1: 7:16pm On Jun 09
writetopoker:
As far as am concern Muhammadu Buhari can't spell his stupid name!!

It is evident that the only agenda of General Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria is to conquer all other ethnic groups by fully Fulanize and Islamize the country. For now, let’s talk about his stupidity. When it comes to stupidity, Buhari can be likened to an unhinged drunkard at the bar regaling patrons with his stupidity. For six years, we have been abused and at the same time amused by the deeply idiotic episodes of Buhari in Nigeria’s most stupid era.

Humans are fond of doing stupid things. Stupidity is more accepting in individual’s life. But we must rebuff and rebel stupidity in a national leadership.


There are two sides of history- the right side and the stupid side. A president can choose to be on a right side or on a stupid side. There is a mad rush for some presidents to be on a stupid side.




President Buhari
Few examples of Buhari’s impossibly stupidity will suffice. How profoundly stupid can Buhari be when for six years he has been jetting out to Britain for medical treatment and didn’t deem it wise to use the power and resources of his office to build first class hospitals in all the 36 states. With the prevailing state of anarchy in the country, Buhari doesn’t see it fit and right to address the nation even for once. On rare occasions when he addressed Nigerians, we had to plead and beg. American President Joe Biden since he assumed office 100 days ago, he has been having press conferences almost every other day. Buhari is building railway to Niger while such has not been extended to the 36 states. He said he’ll lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years. The same Buhari failed to fulfill his campaign promise of creating two million jobs every two years.

He said Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable. But he zealously pursue policies and programs that fragments and disunites Nigeria: nepotism, corruption, divisive politics, filled all federal civil service jobs and posts in federal agencies with his Fulani kinsmen. He proscribed IPOB freedom fighters as a terrorist organization. On the other hand, he appoints terrorist Isa Pantami as minister and staunchly stands behind Pantami and his terrorist declarations. Buhari desperately hunts for Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho Oosa who is fighting to save Yorubas from Fulani herdsmen terrorists. At the same time, he shields Miyetti Allah terrorists, the Gumis and other northern terrorist groups. I can go on, and on, and on.

Buhari’s regime has been one disaster after another. These fiascos can be ascribed directly to Buhari’s lack of intellectual horsepower. Buhari has given no indication he possesses mental capacity, wisdom, and leadership skills to be president. When the story of Buhari’s reign of terror is told many years from now, students and history enthusiasts will learn about Buhari’s terrorism, nepotism, lies, corruption, and self-enrichment. War drums from Buhari and Fulani invaders are becoming louder and louder every day. Nigeria’s break up is certain. Separation is the only way out!
You couldn't have said it any better than this,you captured it the way it is,you are apt and on point.....very,very,very much on point.God bless you!

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by AbaLion: 7:18pm On Jun 09
They say when a music is sweet, play it twice. You may not understand the value of this well articulated article untill you read it twice.

-Lion

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by Cammo: 7:21pm On Jun 09
Vaughanlanrewaj:
Please read it nah. It was written by the same people with hatred and bigotry against President Muhammadu Buhari. Seems Twitter suspension coalesced all you guys' hatred and bigotry for PMB , for this group, the suspension of Twiiter Nigeria despite being used to spread hate and kill our patriots , it's the climax, not the trigger ". All the enemies of Nigeria will lose las las. They always lose. God bless Nigeria.


Arrant nonsense. You're not making any sense at all.

Buhari used Twitter to discredit GEJ in 2015 and you all jubilated, but the same Twitter is his enemy today because people are using it to expose his raghead. You BMC agents can't take the same shït you give, can you? Tufiakwa!

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by GreenFarmsNG: 7:33pm On Jun 09
Vaughanlanrewaj:
Please read it nah. It was written by the same people with hatred and bigotry against President Muhammadu Buhari. Seems Twitter suspension coalesced all you guys' hatred and bigotry for PMB , for this group, the suspension of Twiiter Nigeria despite being used to spread hate and kill our patriots , it's the climax, not the trigger ". All the enemies of Nigeria will lose las las. They always lose. God bless Nigeria.



Continue crying. Your tears is sweet

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Re: Buhari Has 99 Problems, But Twitter Not One Of Them - Fisayo Soyombo (Aljazeera) by jlinkd78(m): 7:35pm On Jun 09
Well articulated write-up

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