Nigerians have reacted angrily towards Garba Shehu for allegedly making a joke out of Leah Sharibu’s kidnap by Boko Haram. This comes after the Presidential aide unintentionally, made the joke about the kidnapping of the schoolgirl when he was giving a reply to Pastor Reno Omokri, over their twitter debate on the security situation in the country.
Mallam Garba Shehu who is the Senior Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Personality, was called out by Reno Omokri, for allegedly saying that President Buhari has made Nigeria safer. The Presidential aide was also offered a $20,000 reward if he could spend a night in Koshobe (Borno) or Kware(in Sokoto State) to prove his claims.
In his reply, Garba Shehu questioned the source of the $20,000 offer that has been promised by the former aide to ex-President Jonathan, where he said if the money being put forward by Reno is the one he made from Leah Sharibu’s kidnap, he will not touch it. He said:
“If this is the money from the collections made in the name of Leah Sharibu, the unfortunate Christian girl stolen by Boko Haram, I won’t touch it with a long. Please keep “your USD20000” he said.
His replying saying ‘Unfortunate Christian girl stolen by Bokoram’ did not go down well with many Nigerians, as they described the tweet by Garba Shehu as insensitive, not only to the girl who is yet to be rescued but to her parents, Nigerians and the Christian world.
Since the post, Nigerians have taken to their twitter handles to bash the Senior aide to the President. Here are some of the reactions:
Nnenna Ijeoma Ubah
@nne2love Replying to:
This is so low, making a joke of Leah Sharibu kidnap, na waoh
“Unfortunate Christain girl stolen.” Make this make sense. She isn’t a property but human that was kidnapped and forgotten by Buhari-led government. Lastly, she isn’t an unfortunate Christian girl.
Look at how he foolishly gave himself away! Some of these people working with Buhari needs psychiatric evaluation! Let the reverse of this statement be made by a Christian every go burst!
@call_me_oma Replying to:
I thought I was the only one offended by those statement, what kind of country did I find myself in bayi
Sunny@OchaiPet1 Replying to:
God bless you. I was shocked to see the unfortunate Christian.
The “ unfortunate Christian girl” stolen by boko haram .. power is not for ever .. just quote that .. there’s more to that sentence .. I come in peace
ObyDike@obydike Replying to:@GarShehu
everyone knows Leah Sharibu & the story of how Nigeria failed her. Tagging her as an unfortunate Christian girl was ill-advised & witless! You may deploy another subject for your deflective tactics. Mock not Leah Sharibu. Nigeria will yet happen to you. Na turn by turn!
EndSARS@sunnyx99910926 Replying to:
Shehu! Shehu!! Shehu !!! How many times did I call you? If your children have grown up please remember you still have grand children ooo, no try am oo. Kidnappers dey forget face atimes if they missed target ooo