Social media was literally on fire on Friday after photos of Naomi Campbell, British supermodel, and President Muhammadu Buhari went viral.
The model, known for flaunting her relationships with presidents, said she was at Eko Atlantic City at the instance of Buhari.
This created an argument between the president’s supporters and his critics.
Weighing in, Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant on new media to the president, countered Campbell, saying she was not invited by the president.
“For the sake of clarity, President @MBuhari didn’t invite Ms. Naomi Campbell to any event during his 2-day visit to Lagos State. They only met at the Eko Atlantic City while Mr. President was touring the project, and she requested to take photos with him,” he tweeted.
For the sake of clarity, President @MBuhari didn’t invite Ms. Naomi Campbell to any event during his 2-day visit to Lagos State. They only met at the Eko Atlantic City while Mr. President was touring the project, and she requested to take photos with him.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) March 30, 2018
Within an hour later, Campbell took down the tweet and posted a new one where she said she was in the country for the Arise Fashion Week, a programme organised by THISDAY Newspaper.
Was a pleasure to meet His Excellency The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to the launch of Eko Atlantic. HERE FOR ARISE FASHION WEEK 💃🏾🇳🇬🖤💚🦅 pic.twitter.com/Wme3BRGvp3
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) March 30, 2018
Tolu Ogunlesi, an aide of the president, also corroborated this.
Yeah that’s what she’s in Lagos for. LOL. https://t.co/kUw87oJBjh
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) March 30, 2018
But that didn’t stop the drama on social media. Critics wouldn’t just let the president be as they feasted on the information in the previous tweet by Campbell.
The model made headlines for boasting about hanging out with former President Charles Taylor of Liberia.
Below are some tweets:
He couldn’t smile on Aisha’s birthday but he can smile with Naomi Campbell. Sometimes some men can prefer an Olosho to Wifey😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/lRie4wOn79
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) March 30, 2018
What if Buhari main aim in Lagos is Naomi Campbell. pic.twitter.com/wDsMUaXH7S
— •U T H M A N (@uthman_waxcav) March 30, 2018
Naomi Campbell is buhari's new tenant in the other room
— Amanda (@roisauce) March 30, 2018
Ambode cleared way because Naomi Campbell wants meet Buhari. pic.twitter.com/36A5jlcbhB
— •U T H M A N (@uthman_waxcav) March 30, 2018
— Wale Gates 🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@walegates) March 30, 2018
Naomi Campbell laundered BLOOD DIAMONDS in Liberia where our soldiers died. Today, the APC led government in Lagos and Federal rolls out the red carpet for her.
— Nnamdi Anekwe-Chive (@nnamdianekwe) March 30, 2018
Me – Baba, how are you? Please can I borrow Naomi Campbell when you are done?
PMB – To come and do what?
Me – I have some ongoing projects in Lokoja I want to show her.
PMB – Bello, if I agree will you stop coming to Aso Rock every week?
Me – Baba, never mind. I have 3 wives pic.twitter.com/UKTJQFCv8U
— Yahaya Bello (@GovernorBello) March 30, 2018
So, Naomi Campbell was just randomly walking around Eko Atlantic, looking for suya to buy, and she met the president and decided to follow him up and down. Okay. 👍 https://t.co/re4kXOUhjS
— ⭐People Are Stupid!⭐ (@Olorunda_Esther) March 30, 2018
So some advisers know the optic value of getting an approval to invite a Naomi Campbell to chaperon the President at an ostentatious tour of a white Elephant project, but have no conscience to advise the President on the implication of Police/SARS Impunity? 🤔 #YourPriorityStinks pic.twitter.com/Z60Gm004lb
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) March 30, 2018
How is Naomi Campbell doing runs 🙃 ?. We all hate Buhari but this is a very successful model you all are talking trash about . implying all this is disrespectful
— Pacho (@IAmMere_) March 30, 2018
Naomi Campbell is worth $60m and you are calling her an olosho
Apparently your parents failed trying to raise you.
Scoundrel oshi https://t.co/JTNPeoBMy8
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) March 30, 2018
#FaultFinders, Naomi Campbell coming to 🇳🇬 is perfectly fine, Naomi going to Eko Atlantic is perfectly fine. @MBuhari taking a pic with Naomi Campbell is perfectly fine.
Your feigning outrage by shedding tears and gnashing teeth in public is fine too, but we all know it's BS.
— Mr. Aye Dee (@MrAyeDee) March 30, 2018
Nigerian girls are angry I went for Naomi Campbell!
Fam! I have 10 months left as President.
Let me live my best life…
I can not come and kill myself.
— Parosident Buhari (@TheMbuhari) March 30, 2018
Naomi Campbell was just along the road buying okrika tops when she sighted Buhari coming to commission the Eko Atlantic City project, so she summoned courage to walk up to him and ask for a picture and she got it!
Baba God should order my steps for divine encounter today!
— – (@ItsOluwaTweezy) March 30, 2018
Naomi Campbell has been modeling professionally for fashion houses since she was 15 and is worth over $60m.
But Timothy from Sabo-before-bridge is calling her an “olosho” coz she shook hands with your President? pic.twitter.com/UVwSkinEPT
— farida,naomi campbell. (@Yoyo_Farida) March 30, 2018
I want a friend like Ambode in my life right now. 🙏
President Buhari came to visit Lagos for 2 days and he arranged an international babe(Naomi Campbell) for him.
Ambode, the PIMP guy.
Twale 🙌 pic.twitter.com/h25GeB4Hhw
— Akorede J. Ayanbisi 🇳🇬 (@iamBussmarn) March 30, 2018
After that Handshake
Baba Buhari: Who's she?
Anonymous: She is Naomi Campbell sir, the lady who cat-walked herself into the Liberian diamonds and was called to testify in the Hague.
PMB: wayyo Kwarapshan! pic.twitter.com/FlCSo5AmgY
— Abdulrahman Usman Leme (@Abdulrahmanleme) March 30, 2018