Buhari loses over 100,000 Twitter followers within three days of sustained #EndSARS protests

Buhari loses over 100,000 Twitter followers within three days of sustained #EndSARS protests

President Muhammadu Buhari has lost 100,000 followers on Twitter, and his account may witness more loss as many Nigerians agitate for the disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

1st News reports that protesting youths have taken to the streets of major cities across the country, clamouring for the scrapping of the police unit.

However, the Federal Government has only promised to reform the police outfit, notorious for the extra-judicial killing of young Nigerians, harassment, and torture.

The massive unfollowing was triggered when one youth decided to give the campaign another dimension, by asking many of Buhari’s followers on Twitter to unfollow him and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Before the campaign, President Buhari had 3.5million followers on Twitter. Today, the number dropped to 3.4million.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, October 10, in Kaduna expressed full confidence in the ability of the Nigerian Army to protect the territorial integrity of the nation, particularly in the ongoing war against terrorism, banditry and kidnapping.

In a statement, Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman said Buhari made his feelings known at the Combined Passing Out Parade of the Cadets of 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46 (Army) at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.

The president, who was the Reviewing Officer, said the loyalty and patriotism of service personnel must be sustained and strengthened, appealing to all Nigerians to uphold and project the unity of the country.

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He assured that the Federal Government will increase manpower; and improve training to meet the changing dynamics of security in the country.

Buhari said: “Despite our obvious differences, we must strive to ensure that our actions and utterances are aimed; towards strengthening our democratic framework.

“We must subsume our personal and sectional interests to the overall national aspirations of unity; economic prosperity; and good governance.”

Buhari noted that the nation is passing through a time of great need for cohesion; peace; and unity.

He commended “the resilience and steadfastness of Armed Forces personnel; for their professionalism and bravery in tackling the menace of terrorism; insurgency; and armed banditry in the North East and North West zones as well as herders/farmers conflicts; kidnapping; piracy; and also communal clashes in other parts of our country.”

He also restated his administration’s will to support the operations of the Armed Forces in the defence of the nation.

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