Nigerians on social media have expressed angst over the continued detention of Babatunde Olusola, an orphan and final year student of Chemical Engineering of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo for operating a parody Twitter account of former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Parody accounts are named after popular persons and used mainly for comic purposes. Twitter rules allow for parody accounts on the condition that the operator of the account indicates this on his profile page.
According to his twitter profile page, Olusola informed his 46, 400 followers that the account was a parody one with the inscription -“BrezzisLife, not GEJ”.
His continued detention has sparked reactions from Nigerians on Twitter with #FreeShola among the top trending topics in Nigeria.
See some reactions:
— DADDY, THE PLUG🔌 (@iam_topboii) July 26, 2020
See everybody dey beg GEJ wey be hero of Democracy but them go insult Buhari the tyrant if him do the same thing.
This life no balance.
Hypocrites too much for Nigeria,no activism again?
No sega to link you up again?
Gbo gbo yin ti ya were.#FreeShola
— EKUN (@mrojo88) July 26, 2020
— Zerubbabel #BBNaija Laycon Stan (@litskinayo) July 26, 2020
People should first understand the word "Parody" before tweeting against Jay. He clearly stated that fact and it doesn't go against twitter rules. And why are there verified accounts here? 😖😔
— C H I ™🐜 (@Will__Juice) July 26, 2020
Shola was arrested on the 23rd of May for a tweet he made with his account as GEJ's parody
Apart from the fact that he stated in his bio it was a parody account, his handle "jayythedope" is clearly different from "GeJonathan".
And what's the essence of verification? #FreeShola
— Fairly used boyfriend 💫 #BBNaija (@brysonadahcole) July 26, 2020
To all #BBNaija fans, a young orphan currently need your help to be out of detention.
Let's all trend #FreeShola and tag the necessary handles to get the young man released.
Thank you. https://t.co/oN92LdjIWu
— #DontLeaveMeChallenge (@Josh2Funy) July 26, 2020
We're pleading, the poor boy has been in detention for over 60 days now.
— Remi_Nana 🍫 🕊#BBNaija (@Remi_AFR) July 26, 2020
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