Nigerians Condemn Twitter User Arrest By DSS For Insulting Aisha Buhari

Nigerians across the social media, most especially Twitter have condemned the Nigerian government for using the state security services, DSS to arrest a Twitter user who insulted the nation's first lady, Aisha Buhari.

Nigerians Condemn Twitter User Arrest By DSS For Insulting Aisha Buhari

The condemnation which has since gone viral is largely due to the government’s perceived double standards when it comes to freedom of expression and human rights. 

The incident in question occurred when a Twitter user by the name of @aminullahie sent out a tweet insulting the Nigerian first lady. In the June 8, 2022, tweet, Aminu Muhammed chastised the First Lady in Hausa: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi”, which could be translated as “the mother has got fatter by eating masses’ money.”

Muhammed’s friends said he made the post because he was frustrated about the prolonged strike by universities across the country. The strike, which started in February 2022, ended in October after eight months of idleness.

A family source said Muhammed, 23, was picked up by officers on November 8 on the campus ground of Federal University Dutse, Jigawa. The student was reportedly subjected to severe beating by the officers following his arrest at about 12:00 noon.

He was summarily transferred to Abuja and was briefly allowed to contact his father Adamu Shalele Azare about his location, which the family thought was a police station.

According to Peoples Gazzette, the State Security Service was behind Muhammed’s arrest.

This is not the first time that government agents have been used to stifle dissent and infringe on the rights of Nigerians. In February, journalist Jones Abiri was arrested by the DSS and held incommunicado for over two years without trial. The government has often justified such actions by claiming that they are necessary to ensure national security.

However, many believe that the real reason is to silence any criticism of those in power. It is clear that the Nigerian government needs to start respecting the rights of its citizens if it wants to be taken seriously as a democratic country. Using state security services to persecute those who express their opinions online is a violation of people’s right to free speech and must be stopped immediately.

Here are reactions from Nigerians on Twitter:

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