Nigerians React To Fayose's Ad Saying Buhari Will Die In Office

Nigerians React To Fayose's Ad Saying Buhari Will Die In Office

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose's ad stating concern over Buhari's health has come under huge criticism. 


Ayo Fayose had put up a front page ad suggesting to Nigerians that Buhari might die in Office if he is elected president.

The advert contained pictures of Murtala Mohammed, Sani Abacha, and Umaru Yar’Adua – past Nigerian leaders who died in office – is accompanied by excerpt from the Bible book of Deuteronomy 30 verse 19.

“Nigerians be warned! Nigeria…I have set before thee Life and death. Therefore, choose life that both thee and thy seed may live,” it said, Describing Mr. Buhari as death and rival, President Goodluck Jonathan representing life.

The advert asked its readers: “Will you allow history to repeat itself? Enough of State burials.”

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Then the ad then spurred ethnic controversy when it stated “Northern presidency should wait till 2019.”

Nigerians have come out and expressed dismay on the insensitive nature of the advert.

On twitter many fans of Jonathan and Buhari condemned the advert with on calling it “crazy and imbecilic”.

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They also asked Jonathan to disassociate himself from such ad ,while some have criticized Punch for running the advert saying it was a display of poor judgement even if not illegal.

“In the spirit of the peace accord signed by presidential candidates, I plead with President Jonathan to distance himself from Fayose’s hocus-locus,” said Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.

“That Fayose newspaper ad is up there with the infamous #BringBackJonathan … mindless, cruel and insensitive drivel,” says a former member of House of Representative Patrick Obahiagon.

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“You win elections by campaigning not by wishing death on an opponent. This ad by Gov. Fayose is unacceptable and ludicrous,” says Toyosi Akerele, a social worker and a member of Mr. Jonathan’s campaign team.

“Fayose utterances are regrettable. The platform that showcased same are equally to blame. You cannot in one breath crucify Fayose for his despicable thoughts while deliberately closing your eyes to the silliness of @mobilepunch,” said Blossom Nnodim, a social media expert and supporter of President Jonathan.

“My beef with this isn’t with Fayose but with Punch. Even if legal, this is unethical. It shouldn’t be all about cash. Shame,” said Kadaria Ahmed, the former Managing Editor of defunct NEXT newspapers.

On Sunday Buhari was forced to rebuke having cancer on sunday saying he has just been down with the cold.

He accused the PDP of falsifying reports about his health.

A former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and now an APC member, Kawu Baraje, described Mr. Fayose’s ad as “distasteful”.

He said he had expected that Mr. Fayose would be more careful and outgrow “his carelessness and irresponsible motor park attitude which is not expected of a governor.”

Mr. Baraje lamented that “the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the PDP to distance themselves from such comments and call Mr. Fayose to order is a direct indication that they were in support of Mr. Fayose making a mockery of the dead and trying to play God as only Allah is the one that knows the time of the passing of any individual.”

Buhari had allegedly slumped while campaigning in Cross River State and his speech sounded strange when he campaigned in Owerri, Imo State.

A diagnostic report from Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital had reportedly showed that Buhari had prostate Cancer but the Hospital has since denied issuing any such report.


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