Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, has sparked off outrage on the Nigerian Twitter sphere over her support for the proposed legislation for the regulation of social media in the country.
The first lady spoke in support of social media regulation on Friday at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) general assembly meeting in Abuja.
Using China as a model, she said if social media can be regulated for 1.3 billion people, there is no reason Nigeria cannot adopt a similar approach.
“On this issue of social media, you cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that the vice president has resigned, it is a serious issue. If China can control over 1.3bn people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180m people,” she said.
Some Nigerians did not take this statement reclining as they expressed their disappointment on the micro-blogging platform.
“Aisha Buhari legit said on national TV that china controls 1.5 billion people so why shouldn’t Nigeria. The dummy doesn’t know Nigeria is a democracy and not a communist country like China. I blame the ignorant people who voted her husband,” a Twitter user said.
“Dear Aisha Buhari China also kills their corrupt Politicians, we would love Nigeria to start practicing that first. Your Aide stole over N2bn, where he saw that money only you know,” another commenter said.
Here is what some Nigerians said:
I remember Stella Obasanjo. That was a First Lady. This one is just an audio queen.
Aisha Buhari is talking about regulating social media and using China regulating its 1b population on social media as an example. See, this woman isn’t different from her husband. The only reason why he didn’t take a second wife and new first Lady was social media mockery.
Surely Aisha Buhari is smart enough to realize that China is not the kind of nation we should emulate when it comes to social media policies.
Hi Aisha Buhari, What China did that really helped their country was banning porn and all sorts of immorality out of their internet space. That’s what you should do not find a way to suppress your opposition with a deceitful bill. We should be able to criticize the gov when wrong