Nigerians debut #BabaWhileYouWereGone hashtag to update Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerians on social media on Friday created a new hashtag #BabaWhileYouWereGone with which they are now running social commentary across social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

The hashtag, which appears to have gone viral, essentially speaks to the return of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, to Nigeria after almost two-week sojourn in the United Kingdom.

The hashtag is being used by many supporters of the Buhari/APC campaign and social media savvy followers to report to him what transpired in the country during his absence.

All day long, the hashtag has been a vehicle of light-hearted bantering and humour, which panders to satirical sleights and commentaries, while also gaining notoriety for excoriating the Buhari and APC opposition.

The hashtag apparently underlines the genius of Nigerians in finding comic relief from any event or situation, whether tragic, frivolous or insignificant.

Some of the posts deploying the hashtag include:

“‪#‎BabaWhileYouWereGone‬ GEJ relocated to lagos!”

“‪#‎BabaWhileYouWereGone‬ A commissioner in Benue who said u would soon die, kicked the bucket.He won’t know election results now.”

“@kodblu: ‪#‎BabaWhileYouWereGone‬ @adumaya1 asked me to lock up all the yams and make sure the goats don’t come too close!”

“@adewoyeshina: ‪#‎BabaWhileYouWereGone‬ people were paying N50 per hour to charge phone”

“@Backarray: ‪#‎BabaWhileYouWereGone‬ GEJ told the yooths that Nigeria was no.4 on the list of highest polio cases & they clapped.”

“‪#‎BabaWhileYouWereGone‬ GEJ n his cronies tried in vain to remove Jega bt faced stiff resistance from d pple and your supporters.”

‪”#‎BabaWhileYouWereGone‬ Mr Jonathan came down to southwest to dish out money at a futile meeting with our elders”


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  • truth is bitter

    I love this

  • Muhammad Inuwa Baba

    Welcome back GMB. We are with you no matter what! Once again welcome back.

  • Saidu Aliero Yusuf

    #‎BabaWhileYouWereGone they asked chad to withdraw from dikwa, allowing bokoharam to kill 00s of us again

  • Charles Owolabi

    Welcome back
    While you were away patience our First Lady showed her own qualifications
    She has a first school leaving certificate from central school Okrika
    6 o’level credits in her GCE including English and Mathmatics- one sitting.
    Other subjects include home economics biology Christian religious knowledge and commerce.
    She also has a primary Nusing certificate from the Rivers state nursing board obtained after 2 years of hands on study which qualified her to be a Nusing aid
    Secondary Nursing certificate obtained from the same board that qualified her to be a full nurse- 3 years of study
    Registered nurse obtained after 4 more years work as a nurse
    She also has an RSA certificate in short hand and typing from England qualifying her to function as a secretary
    General she has made these qualifications available for all to see.
    Did you bring back your own certificate from London or do we have to ask the military Board again?
    What a disgrace.
    The woman every body has been calling an illetrate is able to provide clear evidence of some formal education while our general can not
    From your assessment who by law is more qualified to contest for the Presidency. Patience or GMB?

    • kin day

      remember there is God ooooooo!!! with all this qualification. Sorry you are shameless

      • Charles Owolabi

        Kin day yes there is God.
        Please tell GMB to show his cepeticate ?
        I just dey laugh

    • Malik Isah

      what a tragedy!


      Ours is a country where ‘baboon’ can reach any level as far as he is in possession of a ‘certificate’ even if what he has in the upstairs has nothing to do with the certificates. The quality of a man is not in the certificate he possesses but what he has to offer to affect the public positively. There are lot of Ph.D holders that are not even fit to be leaders. Academic prowess is not always translated into wisdom.
      Corruption is the cankerworm that is destroying this country and not the lack of certificate, let support the man that has the gut to fight corruption.(General Muhammadu Buhari).

      • Charles Owolabi

        Let him deal with the corrupt individuals around him first
        I suggest he starts with Tinubu. The list is endless.

    • Curseless

      You are really un-informed. Do you know that General Buhari attended the American War College and finished with distinction and you are still talking about nursing aide. Get alive and be real.

      • Charles Owolabi

        What sort of Oluwole Distinction are we talking about?
        The one manfactured in Katsina? LOL
        We don’t want a Chicago type of cephficate Ooh ? LOL
        Abeg let him produce the one we all can verify- W a s c simple.
        Please make sure it has his real name on it.
        We would accept CTCs- LOL

        • Curseless

          I will rather bet on a USA college certificate that the commadant of the college have verified than any Nigerian W.A.E.C paper. What we are saying to any rational mind is that America will not admit the General for his course if he doesn’t have the pre-requisite qualifications. Beside, the general went into the army when the British are still holding sway in the country and I’m sure they did due diligence before admitting the him. All in all comes 28th March Buhari will be President and anyone still belly aching on certificate can go on exile.

          • Charles Owolabi

            He does not have any period .
            Please stop trying to manufacture qualifications for this illetrate.
            We would have seen it by now if he had one.
            All we are saying- Buhari please -show us your WESC cephficate- lol

          • Curseless

            It can not change the fact. One philosopher said and I quote “Facts are stubborn things and whatever is your wish or imagination or even the dictate of your passion, it can not alter the state of fact and evidence” Buhari went to the U.S war college and for me that is enough. W.A.E.C or no W.A.E.C is just a ruse.

          • Charles Owolabi

            Buhari went to the U.S. for a 2 months course on transportation and logistics for which he did not even receive any certificate yet you say that is enough.
            Some of us have advanced degrees from US institutions and know the difference between a short course and a degree course so please don’t bring that nonsense our way.
            It is understandable why it is enough for you.
            It is clear you are from his part of Nigeria.
            In this digital age you want a Stone Age creature to rule Nigeria
            I just dey laugh.