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Backlash Trails Atiku’s Northern Social Media Users’ Claim

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Posted: July 22, 2022 at 7:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigerians on social media slammed Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar on Friday for claiming that 90% of northerners do not use social media.

In an exclusive interview with Arise TV on Friday morning, Atiku, Nigeria’s former Vice President, talked down the chance of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, upsetting his presidential ambitions during the next year’s elections.

When asked about the possible threat of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi to his presidential ambitions in 2023, Atiku emphasised that social media presence and acceptance will not win him (Obi) victory.

He stated that, despite the social media buzz and acceptance of Obi’s candidacy, the fact is that the LP does not have people in government or the National Assembly.

He said, “Peter Obi is not a threat. I really don’t expect the Labour Party to take as many votes from the PDP as people are suggesting. We could have seen it in the last election in Osun State. What was the performance of the Labour Party? “They again, they (Obi’s supporters) are talking about social media. Mind you, in the north, 90 per cent of our people (who will be voting) are not on social media,” Atiku said.

However, in response to Atiku’s remark, Nigerians on the microblogging site Twitter slammed the former vice president, claiming that such a claim demonstrated that the Northern elites were deliberately keeping the area underdeveloped.

See reaction:

@YDBaba_AhmedI, wrote, “Now you know why they have made the north so poor so as to use them during election, Atiku Abubakar just indirectly said that 90% of Northerners are living in abject poverty… My Northern people, we must change this narrative.

@imokodavid said, “Atiku said on Arise News that 90% of Northerners are not on social media but he rushed to delete the Deborah post he made on social media so as to please the Northerners that are not on social media. Kontinu>

@NigeriaRenew wrote, “Atiku: 90% of northerners are not on social media. This is why they keep my people poor & uneducated. The northern elites have weaponised poverty & illiteracy over the years & I say Enough is Enough. Truth be said, The North needs Peter Obi more than any other part of Nigeria

“Northerners Complain & fight stereotype on this app every day only for Atiku, in an attempt to denigrate labour party & OBidients boldly told d world on national TV that 90% of Northerners don’t have access to the internet. This Man wants people to remain poor for his political gains. @Atiku Obviously banking of the poverty and illiteracy in northern Nigeria to remain relevant in politics

@UgwuOkoro wrote, “90% of Northerners don’t know anything about Social media..Atiku on Arise news.
He is proud that he and other Northern leaders have underdeveloped the North.”

@Jack_ng01 said, “Even with the pre-recorded interview, Uncle Dubai still goofed. Which one is 90% of Northerners does not have access to internet? You so mean 8years as VP you could not facilitate internet penetration to your people. Now there is a problem with this man that want to lead us.”

@terfinda said, “Atiku Abubakar hopes that 90% of Northerners have not heard of #Obidatti2023 since according to him, they are not on social media. Mumu… dem no dey tell blind man say rain dey fall.”

@novieverest wrote, “Atiku is proud that northern leaders have kept the majority of northerners off internet access. This is wickedness. Boasting that 90% of northerners do not have internet access while he flexes in Dubai shows wickedness and bad leadership.

@Waspapping_ wrote, “A northern statesman, former VP, & a presidential aspirant going on TV to say that “90% of northerners are not on social media” in this technology age is only highlighting the state of underdevelopment in the north. It’s not something you proudly say on TV. But they love it.”

Popular tweep, Nefertiti tweeting from @firstladyship, said, “90% of Northerners are not on social media,” is not something an elder statesman & a former VP, should say on Arise TV, a National Television. The data is debatable, but it should never be a bragging right in 2022. If anything, Atiku portrayed the North as underdeveloped.

In support of Atiku’s claim, Reno Omokori, said, “Atiku said 90% of Northerners are not on social media. Because of your bias, you heard 90% of Northerners are not educated. FYI, almost 90% of Northerners get their news from radio. They are more aware than you give them credit for. Simplicity is not stupidity!”

Also in a similar vein, Gimba Kakanda, wrote, “Basic statistics can prove Atiku’s assertion that 90% of northerners aren’t on social media. Nigeria has about 33 million active social media users, according to Statista. Let’s assume 40% of that number are from the North. That’s less than the population of one Northern state.”

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