- President Buhari's aide on social media, Lauretta Onochie, said the viral video showing a little boy telling his mom to calm down is a case of child abuse
- The little boy in the video was seen crying and telling his mother to calm down as he was about to be punished
- Onochie said the mother would have been charged if it was in the United Kingdom
Lauretta Onochie, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, has reacted to the viral video of a young boy crying and telling his mother to calm down as he was about to be punished.
In a tweet she posted on Monday, August 3, Onochie said what happened in the video was not discipline but "a clear case of child abuse".
According to the presidential aide, the mother would have been charged and the little boy "would be in care" if the incident had happened in the United Kingdom.
Onochie also said that many Nigerian adults are suffering from the effects of child abuse which they were subjected to during childhood.
She said, "the calm down video, is a clear case of child abuse. That was not discipline.
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"Many Nigerian adults today, are suffering from the effects of similar abuse when they were children.
"In the UK, the child would be in care, his mother charged"
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, o n Wednesday, July 29, also reacted to the viral video.
Unlike Onochie, Sanwo-Olu said he was "moved by the boy's sobriety" as the boy begged for one more chance as a "regular offender".
He said that the video showed that parents put in a lot of work to raise their kids as he added that he hoped that the mother really "calmed down" as the boy asked.
The Lagos state governor also used the opportunity to tell Lagosians to calm down during the festive period as they mark the 2020 Sallah celebration with the consciousness of protecting themselves against the new coronavirus disease, Covid-19.
He also said he would like to meet the boy.
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