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‘Why single out Oby?’ — how Twitter users reacted to Fayemi, el-Rufai’s trips to SA

‘Why single out Oby?’ — how Twitter users reacted to Fayemi, el-Rufai’s trips to SA
September 05
16:22 2019

The recent trip of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, and Kayode Fayemi, his Ekiti state counterpart, to South Africa is causing storm on Twitter.

Both governors attended the “Africa in the World Festival of Ideas”, a programme which held in Stellensbosch, South Africa.

Pictures of the governors with Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, had generated reactions on social media.

Many Twitter users mistook the event they attended for the World Economic Forum (WEF), which the federal government boycotted over the fresh attacks on Nigerians.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Bashir Ahamd, a presidential aide had taunted Ezekwesili for attending WEF despite Nigeria’s decision to pull out in protest.

Responding on Thursday, social media users who felt the governors attended WEF criticised Ahmad and others who tackled Ezekwesili earlier.

John Ikhiboya, a Twitter user, said the hypocrisy displayed by Ahmad is exceptional.

Another user, @Ajisafeseyi, said the presence of Fayemi, El-Rufai and Sanusi in South Africa at a time when the federal government boycotted WEF is a reason why the South African government will not take Nigeria seriously.

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In a statement his media team issued on his behalf, Fayemi said he had arrived South Africa before the federal government took the decision to boycott WEF.

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