Bashir Ahmad with President Buhari

Presidential aide Bashir Ahmad has attracted criticisms after he tweeted that the Niger Bridge is President Buhari’s gift to Nigerians.

“When the Second Niger Bridge is completed, it will be a gift that will keep the President
@MBuhari’s administration in the minds of millions Nigerians for a very long time. #PMBAtWork”, he wrote at 11.44p.m on Sunday.

Nigerians woke up to read the tweet today and some threw stones at him.

Niger Bridge under construction

“Nigeria’s Money Not Buhari’s Gift. Nigeria is Bigger than one man”, said a Twitter user Nekka Smith.

“Public infrastructure from Govt is not a gift but the core responsibility of the Govt. That said, you are right that whoever completes the project will be leaving an indelible footprints on the mind of the Easteners and most users of that route”, another Nigerian Emmanuel Eze, replied.

“Does this bridge look(s) like something Buhari can complete and commission?”, wondered another contributor, a Dr. Elmo Atiku, a clear Atiku sympathiser.

Here are some other reactions:

https://twitter.com/Ezbaronkings/status/1262251237950525440?s=20

https://twitter.com/Mazipita/status/1262256820317564928?s=20

Despite the dust the tweet stirred, Ahmad’s tweet has attracted 5,300 likes and 1,300 retweets by 14:00 on Monday.

And it triggered two hashtags on Nigerian Twitter: #Niger Bridge and #Bashir.

Both trending topics had a combined tweet of over 15,000 by Monday afternoon.