The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has gotten immense disapproval on social media for pleading to bandits to release the abducted students of Greenfield University, five of whom have already been killed.
While reacting to the release of 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, President Buhari tweeted, “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.”
This appeal from the President has caused an uproar on social media as many wondered why the President would appeal to bandits who are supposed to be arrested and prosecuted.
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).”
Another Twitter user, Koko Udofia , whose username is @koksieDe41 tweeted, “It is only a President like Buhari that’ll send the military to the South-East to pursue peaceful protesters then turn around to ‘appeal’ to armed terrorists and kidnappers to do what’s right.”