President Jonathan has ordered the immediate removal of the #BringBackGoodluck2015 banners, a hostage promoted for his re-election, but whose adaptation of the popular #BringBackOurGirls, sparked outrage Tuesday.
In a statement released by the President’s office yesterday said Mr. Jonathan found the banners “offensive and repugnant” and had ordered they be removed immediately.
“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has directed that the #Bring Back Jonathan 2015 signs and banners around Abuja which he and many Nigerians find offensive and repugnant be brought down immediately,” the statement said.
The banners which was displayed at strategic positions in Abuja, triggered swift reactions in Nigeria and abroad, with the critical articles appearing in international media outlets, including the BBC and the Washington Post.
The #BringBackOurGilrs Twitter hostage was actually coined to help galvanize international support for the release of over 200 schoolgirls that was abducted April 14 in Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram sect.
Washington Post’s columnist, Ishaan Tharoor, described the #BringBackJonathan2015 hashtag for a government that has failed to rescue the girls nearly five months after, as likely the “most inappropriate hashtag of the year”.
“It’s not clear whether Jonathan has officially endorsed the new hashtag, but its seeming ubiquity suggests that he is not opposed to it,” Mr. Tharoor wrote.
In Nigeria, the anger was more, particularly on social media.