Many Nigerians and some civil society groups, on Tuesday, described as “insensitive” a post made by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on her Facebook page celebrating her daughter-in-law’s graduation from a United Kingdom university.
They also urged Mrs Buhari to apologise to millions of Nigerian students stuck at home as the seven-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities lingers.
Mrs Buhari had posted a picture of herself, her son, Yusuf, and his wife, Zahra, with a caption, “Congratulations to Mrs Zahra B. Buhari on your graduation with First Class Honors in Architectural Science. Wishing you all the best.”
Nigerians, however, criticised her for the update.
Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Luka Binniyat, described the post as ill-timed and called on youths to demand an apology from Mrs Buhari.
He said, “The action of the First Lady portrays the kind of arrogance, insensitivity and lack of respect for the teeming Nigerian youths, especially university students who are under severe frustration, because her husband has refused to do the needful.
“But she came out clearly to sneer at the other Nigeria youths by saying ‘we don’t care what you’re going through. Look, our children are already doing well, you can as well stay for decades at home. It will not affect our children.’ She symbolises many other top functionaries of this government who have their children in similar schools.
“What the First Lady did is not only an assault on the sensibility of Nigerians. It is also an insult to the collective well-being of the future of our children. So, all well-meaning people should protest and ask that she give a full apology and that her husband must be forced to take the right actions to return children to school.”
A Facebook user @OlukayodeMajekodunmi wrote: “You can celebrate this graduation without putting this to public domain. This is unfair to children whose parents cannot afford private universities in Nigeria and they’ve been at home for more than 7months.”
Reacting via his handle, Omoyele Sowore wrote : “This is the reason their father Muhummadu Buhari shut down Nigerian public universities for 7 months now and still counting, because his children don’t go to schools in Nigeria and as you could tell they’ve used your resources to give the best education money can buy. Nigerians!!! You see why we need #Revolutionnow?”