By George Onmonya Daniel
MANY Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari on social media have been really riled up by the event in the United States in which supporters of President Donald Trump besieged the Capitol to stop the President-Elect Joe Biden from being officially being certified as the president. Joe Biden will be taking over as the President of the United States on 20th January, 2021.
As the whole world watched and were awed by the events in the US, the country that bragged about being the model for democracy for the world, Nigerian social media was agog too, mostly with President Buhari’s fanatical supporters trying to use what happened in Capitol to justify the attack by the Nigerian Army on its citizens in Lekki where the army was seen on video opening fire at crowd of protesters.
Abdurahman Abu Hamisu, an ardent Buhari supporter wrote, “Our NGOs should please mobilise to America to lecture Americans on on-going post election violence presently. Our success stories abound to draw from.”
“We may need to send the General Abdulsalami’s committee to talk to Mr. Trump before he burns down disUnited States of America (dUSA)” Olusegun B Maiye wrote.
“In a way, the siege on the Capitol is interesting. Much like the US getting a taste of the anarchy it has always encouraged in other countries. Ukraine, Hong Kong, Romania, Libya, Iraq etc. on my mind. What goes round comes around they say? I need 1000 volunteers (preferably Nigerian-Americans) in Abuja to March down to the US embassy and express our displeasure over the genocide happening at Capitol Hill. We also intend to put pressure on the Nigerian government to issue visa restrictions on some personalities. We move..” –Moore Haruna.
Most of the Buharists who have continued to defend the opening of fire by the Nigerian Army on protesters in Lekki have been pretty much excited. Their anger steams from CNN report and the United States criticism of the attack on her civilian by the Nigerian government who were peacefully protesting. The anti-American rants also has to do with history of the North, especially the core North which is predominantly Muslim area. Anti-US and anti-Israel jingoism has been a culture of religious sermonising in these areas.
We also have Christian supporters of Donald Trump from the south, who’s supported hinges on assumption and perception that Trump is pro-Christian, anti-homosexuality and pro-Israel because he recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.