Angry reactions from Nigerians have continued to trail remarks credited to President Muhammadu Buhari in which he had threatened to deal with promoters of secession in Nigeria.
1st News reports that Buhari made the remarks yesterday, Tuesday June 1, 2021.
Specifically, Buhari had threatened to treat those who did not understand the travails of war in a manner that they would understand; noting that a rude shock awaits those promoting insurrection and burning critical national assets across the country.
Meanwhile, Buhari gave the warning after he received a briefing from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at the State House, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Yakubu had briefed the president on a series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body around the country. However, the president disclosed that it was the handiwork of enemies of his administration.
Buhari said: “I receive daily security reports on the attacks…It is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail.
“Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”
Furthermore, the president recalled that he visited all the 36 states of the country before the 2019 election; adding that his experience showed that the majority of the people wanted him as president.
Consequently, he said those misbehaving in certain parts of the country were obviously too young to know the travails and loss of lives that attended the Nigerian civil war; even as he promised to deal with them.
Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) June 1, 2021
But 1st News reports that the comments have ignited a storm of reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Accordingly, a number of users have expressed their disgust and reservations to the position held by the president; noting that Nigeria’s precarious state of insecurity required a higher level of engagement than a resort to threats.
For another school of thought, Buhari’s comments was a clear intent of his aversion for the South East. They noted that his threats were a veiled inference to some of the atrocities committed against the South East during the Biafra War; as well as agitations by groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Equally important, 1st News has put together some of the reactions from Nigerians below.
First frame; Buhari begging Bandits and Terrorists to release the Kidnapped students.
Second Frame: Buhari threatening a whole region with war. pic.twitter.com/DZFQvxstS5
— Premier (@SodiqTade) June 1, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari is too divisive and vindictive to be president of a multi-cultural society like Nigeria.
— Concerned Nigerians (@ConcernedNIG) June 1, 2021
Buhari to young Igbos:
Your parents didn't tell you how we massacred them and raped their women. Don't worry. We will do it again so you can learn.
A president of a country. Na wa!
— Nicholas Ibekwe (@nicholasibekwe) June 1, 2021
Just read Buhari’s tweet and the tension/anxiety in me escalated. I have family in the Ebonyi, Anambra and Abia state.
Those tweets read anarchy and I really hope in the interpretation of his orders, Nigeria isn’t thrown into a civil war.
— Skip (@KingSkip01) June 1, 2021
When Buhari speaks to bandits,
He begs them. He appeals to them.
But when Buhari speaks to citizens,
He threatens us. He uses language that can be used to justify harm, violence and massacre against the same people he swore to protect.
Please RT for the world to help Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/g5ppkKzryD
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) June 1, 2021
Buhari basically said: we slaughtered your parents 30 years ago. We will slaughter you again. The Igbo is not only endangered but face genocide in Nigeria. Do you know see why the #SitAtHome was successful? It is never about IPOB or Kanu. It is about the survival of the Igbo. https://t.co/2g10hwC5Hs
— Mazi Gburugburu (@Mazigburugburu1) June 1, 2021
At the end of Buhari’s 8 years in office, every Nigerian alive deserves and should get a certificate of survival.
— Azeez Ishola ❼ (@Olaz01) June 1, 2021
Buhari's reputation is already sealed for all of posterity, but what saddens me are the people around him who will forever be tarnished by their association with his genocidal statements. https://t.co/OrBoYeI8tW
— Ayo Sogunro (@ayosogunro) June 1, 2021
I told you guys that the FG is behind these unknown gunmen, some of you Igbos with light brain were insisting it was IPOB. Buhari has been looking for a reason to repeat 1967. They did the testing microphone during #Endsars and nothing happened, now they have full confidence..
— Unu Amaro Kam Siri Kwado (@AfamDeluxo) June 1, 2021
Whoever is composing President Buhari’s tweets is doing a very terrible job.
— Duke of Ibadan 🀄 (@_AsiwajuLerry) June 1, 2021
Buhari just told Nigerians:
“I de catch cruise forget, If you talk you collect”
— Peng Man ⚡️ (@pengmanmodel) June 1, 2021
…"will treat them in the language they understand".
– General Buhari
Well, you deployed the language on #20-10-20, so your threat is familiar
— Great Oracle (@AbdulMahmud01) June 1, 2021