Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has been under severe attack from Nigerians for comparing Nigeria and China and for supporting the Social Media Bill.
The social media bill has been generating a lot of controversy since Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress introduced it on November 5, 2019.
Among other things, the bill seeks to regulate social media and prevent the spread of fake news.
Many critics of the bill believe that the bill seeks to take away the freedom of expression the 1999 Constitution gave to the citizens.
However, Aisha believes that when the bill is passed into law, it would do more good than harm. According to her, if China with about 1.3 billion people had Done so, it should not be difficult for Nigeria with about 180 million people to do the same.
She said, “On this issue of social media, you cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that the Vice President has resigned. It is a serious issue. If China can control over 1.3bn people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180m people.”
The statement has been getting a lot of negative reviews, especially on Twitter. Most of them argued that if Nigeria must copy China in terms of regulating Social Media; the country should also copy China in terms of slamming a death sentence on corrupt politicians.
Others argue that the wife of the President should not compare China which is a Communist country and Nigeria which practices Democracy.
@Elhay16 said; “One minute Aisha Buhari is acting like she’s with the masses; the next minute she’s supporting the social media bill and playing solicitor for Yahaya Bello. Who the hell is this woman?
@Wizofomaha16 said; “Hi Aisha Buhari, What China did that really helped their country was banning porn and all sorts of immorality out of their internet space. That’s what you should do not find a way to suppress your opposition with a deceitful bill. We should be able to criticize the gov when wrong.
@DeLordEmperor said; “I agree with Aisha Buhari that China regulates TV. Aisha should also agree with China on the policy of hanging corrupt politicians. She should also agree with China on limiting the family members of their politicians from studying and living abroad.
Some Nigerians recalled how they defended Aisha on social media when the President relegated her and said she belonged to the kitchen and the other room.
They recalled how they defended her when Mamman Daura’s family were giving her a hard time at the Presidential Villa.
While @Zaddy_nomso said; “Dear Aisha Buhari China also kills their corrupt Politicians; we would love Nigeria to start practising that first. Your Aide stole over N2bn, where he saw that money only you know.”
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Dear Aisha Buhari China also kills their corrupt Politicians, we would love Nigeria to start practising that first. Your Aide stole over N2bn, where he saw that money only you know. https://t.co/FkPwdtkMPP— King Nonny 👑 (@Zaddy_nomso) November 30, 2019
When Kyari's daughter wanted to beat Aisha Buhari, social media saved her, when her husband wanted to secretly take a second wife in her absence, we let her know through social media and she rushed home. Today Aisha want social media regulated. It's ok🚶🚶— 🛑PROF Ozo-Nna-Nyere-Nwa (Affidavit) (@nwa_anambra) November 30, 2019
I agree with Aisha Buhari that China regulates TV.— Emperor (@DeLordEmperor) November 30, 2019
Aisha should also agree with China on the policy of hanging corrupt politicians.
She should also agree with China on limiting the family members of their politicians from studying and living abroad.#mompha #NairaMarley
Dear Aisha Buhari, in china, if a government official is found guilty of corruption, he/she will be shot to death and the bullet is paid for by his/her family. How about we copy this from China, not just social media control pic.twitter.com/bca1us0TSO— Obinna Nwosu (@obi_Nwosu) November 30, 2019
Since the cabals threatened Aisha Buhari with marrying a new wife for Baba Buhari, the following has happened.— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) November 30, 2019
1. She begged Kogi people to re-elect failed Yahaya Bello.
2.She's supporting the Social Media & Hate speech Bill.
The cabal is so powerful,they can shut down anyone.
Aisha Buhari legit said on national TV that china controls 1.5 billion people so why shouldn't Nigeria. The dummy doesn't know Nigeria is a democracy and not a communist country like China. I blame the ignorant people who voted her husband.— Eric Ubong Afa-Owo (@EngrUberic) November 29, 2019
Aisha Buhari is a clear case of “educated illiterate”😳with her https://t.co/O2tvqlUu3G she still doesn’t know the difference between China and Nigeria🙄awon quota system graduates🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— DiamondAddict💦💦💦 (@diamondAddict1) November 29, 2019
Dear Aisha Buhari, if your husband wants to control the social media, fine! But we want laws that will execute corrupt leaders who steal our money, drag Nigeria into recession twice.— EnyEnE | #EndSars (@iamEnyene) November 29, 2019
Every time I see Aisha Buhari trending, I remember Stella Obasanjo. That was a First Lady. This one is just an audio queen.— Sally Kenneth Dadzie (@moskedapages) November 30, 2019
Aisha Buhari is talking about regulating social media and using China regulating its 1b population on social media as an example. See, this woman isn't different from her husband. The only reason why he didn't take a second wife and new first Lady was social media mockery.— Bowale (@Son_of_a_O) November 29, 2019
Surely Aisha Buhari is smart enough to realise that China is not the kind of nation we should emulate when it comes to social media policies.— Adunni Adao
The entire country practically has a gag order against anti-govt rhetorics.
Nigeria won't function well on communist ideals.