By Olamilekan Omidiji
Nigeria’s former vice president and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been advised to lead Nigerians on a nationwide protest over the recently increased electricity tariff and other socioeconomic issues.
The advice followed his tweet earlier on Thursday via his verified handle, @atiku, where he expressed his dissatisfaction on the recent increase in electricity tariff and tagged it as ill-timed and ill-advised.
His tweet reads: “I reject the increased electricity tariffs. Coming out of the lockdown, Nigerians need a stimulus not an impetuous disregard for the challenges they face. Many Nigerians have not earned an income for months, due to no fault of theirs. This increase is ill-timed and ill-advised, ”.
Following the tweet, a twitter user @henryshield called out to the former vice president for a nationwide protest. Henryshield twitted: “Dear H. E. @atiku, come out and lead Nigerians in a nationwide protest!”
Following the call for protest, there had been series of arguments as to Atiku’s old age and his inability to lead a protest.
However, this was countered with comments on his nationwide campaign during the last election when he campaigned for the post of the president, despite his old age.
Another Twitter user said:
“Lol He does not necessarily have to walk along with the protesters. At least he travelled to many states during campaign for 2019 elections.”
While a user, @gen2peee opined thus: “He won’t, he only knows how to reject govt activities on Twitter. He was our president we will still be where we are. So don’t call a kettle to fight the black pot. We need someone to lead us and I’m joining the team(s). @OfficialAPCNg is not making Nigeria habitable for Nigerians.”