A few days before the inauguration of the incoming administration, Nigerians have taken to social media to tell their “survival stories” during the regime of the outgoing president Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari will handover to his successor, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress on May 29, 2023.
As of press time, the hashtag #WeSurvivedBuhari has garnered thousands of tweets.
The Buhari regime has been adjudged by critics to be one of the worst administrations since the return of Nigeria to democracy in 1999.
For instance, the national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke described the regime as the worst in the history of Nigeria for the poor attention paid to the education sector.
Our correspondent who analysed posts on the popular microblogging site, Twitter noticed that some Nigerians also issued survivor certificates to themselves for surviving the Buhari regime.
A Twitter user, @DukeofMotherland said, “This should equal GuinnessBookOfRecord. We survived 8 years of anti-people policies; 8 years of a rogue regime; 8 years of torture and misery; 8 years of persecution; 8 years of utter disregard for human rights and desecration of our court #BuhariTheDisaster #WesurvivedBuhari.”
Another Twitter user, Joshua Aroke said, “We came, we saw, we survive this nonchalant of a human called Buhari, a failure who promised so much but deliver very little. We made it out alive, we deserve an accolade. #BuharitheDisaster.”
Another Nigerian, Niyi Gbadamosi tweeted, “I survived the Buhari era” Did we really survive him? Many can’t eat 3 square meals a day anymore, so many lost businesses and jobs, many have left the country, many have passed their prime without any tangible achievements, etc. Did we really survive him?”
Similarly, another user, @leckyrulez said, “Omo!!!! We actually survived 8 good years of Buhari. My goodness!! Lives were changed for the worse, lives were lost, families separated and we are expecting BAT. GOD HAVE MERCY.!!.”
Another Twitter user, Vera Chika thanked God on behalf of her family for surviving the Buhari regime, “Just a subtle reminder fam. My family, friends, and I survived the Buhari regime…Hallelujah It’s something to brag about…We no dey beg…we aren’t destitute…what God cannot do does not exist.”
Also, @Loftus77 said, “Cheers to us that survived this Buhari-led administration. It has to be the toughest ever economically, security and everything; but we survived.”
Credit: The Punch