While we celebrate Democracy Day and thank God for this day, the ‘On your marks, Set, Go’ of Change in Nigeria, 🙂 let us take some time to visit the issue of the young man who has been kicking up such an internet frenzy in the past 24 hours. There has apparently being an ongoing debate over the sudden appearance of Yusuf, son of president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Yusuf literarily broke the social media after his picture cropped up online in company of his father, Gen. Buhari on Thursday morning. Clad in a flowing traditional apparel and a matching cap, Yusuf and his sister, Zahra were captured by the sharp lens of photojournalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday morning, after touching down from the Queen’s land in company of the father, Buhari.
He subsequently sparked a social media war as many Nigerians wondered about his whereabouts before now. Some threw jabs, and some others believed his appearance before the March 28 presidential election would have attracted more votes for Buhari. And then, there were those who reportedly didn’t take too kindly to the fact that the president-elect ‘hid’ his son from the general public, saying that there was more to that than meets the eyes.
A banker who gave his name as Ibrahim said, “I never knew Buhari had a son. I was shocked when the picture appeared on twitter this morning and many people were talking about it. To me that is not fair. Why did Buhari choose to hide his son from the people he’s coming to rule? We remember that before Obama was elected president of the United States, he made his two daughters, Malia and Sasha public and the world saw them. To me the general didn’t do well if that is truly his son.”
Another Nigerian, who gave her name as Sheyi said, “I have been having a serious time on twitter since morning. Nigerian ladies have been fighting over Yusuf, who is said to be Buhari’s son. Well, not until now, I never knew Buhari had a son that is this handsome. Buhari should explain to us why he hid his son from us”.
On his part, Michael, a media practitioner said, “But who told us that is Buhari’s son? The general didn’t introduce him to us as his son. We saw Buhari’s family picture and the so-called Yusuf is not there, so what is this argument all about. I think we should wait for Buhari to tell us who the guy is before we conclude. And if he’s truly Buhari’s son, then I am disappointed.”