22 June 2016
In a rapid chain of dramatic events, which began with the blockage of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s Zenith bank account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the country’s two major political parties, APC and PDP, are locked in a battle of defamation, accusation and retaliation.
The people right in the middle of the current controversy are the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose (for PDP) and the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari (for APC).
It all started when Governor Fayose released a statement accusing Aisha Buhari of being involved in the Halliburton scandal as a reaction to EFCC’s move to block his Zenith bank account.
Reacting to Governor Fayose’s allegation, the First Lady took to Twitter and rolled out series of tweets using her verified twitter account. Her tweets were published on Tuesday.
Her tweets have since set the country’s social media on a frenzy, further stoking the fire on how the EFCC has been handling corruption cases.
“Enough is Enough Fayose. A mad dog that isn’t chained. I refuse to keep quiet,” The tweets began.
“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH FAYOSE IS AN UNCHAINED MAD DOG. If Buhari is 73 years old, I Aisha am 45 years old, I have more than enough energy to face you”, the tweets ended.
The tweets were deleted almost immediately after they were published.
The United Kingdom’s arm of the APC sent a reply tweet to the First Lady after the tweets were deleted.
Thank you for accepting our advice.
Thank you for deleting the tweets.
#WeKnowDTruth” the tweet read, tagging President Buhari’s daughter’s Twitter account, @zmbuhari.
Though there were initial speculation that the first lady’s account was hacked, the tweets from the U.K. arm of the APC proved otherwise.
With no official confirmation or denial in sight, social media reactions are still working on the believe that the tweets were the actions of the First Lady herself, earning her criticism from various quarters.
Opinions on social media about her actions range from those few who believe Governor Fayose who is known for making tactless statements himself deserves to be paid back in his own coin.
Opinions from the other divide believes the First Lady should have taken the higher road and either ignored his statements or sue for defamation.
This is especially as reports revealed that Fayose’s accusations are false and the Aisha Buhari indicted in the Halliburton documents is not the same person as the wife of the President.
Governor Fayose had long before the emergence of the Buhari-led government widely criticised President Buhari and his actions.
Fayose has always looked to discredit the Buhari-led government on every front, undermining its achievements with no constructive criticism but with hateful comments.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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