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! http://pic.twitter.com/OzRDND2jRO”
“@adewoyeshina: #BabaWhileYouWereGone people were paying N50 per hour to charge phone http://pic.twitter.com/UnliHfeSzU”
“@Backarray: #BabaWhileYouWereGone GEJ told the yooths that Nigeria was no.4 on the list of highest polio cases & they clapped. http://pic.twitter.com/ljTHRPZtq5”
“#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”