Buhari joins social media, hits 12,000 Twitter followers in 6 hours

A few hours after the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, labelled him a “semi-literate jackboot”, the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC], Muhammadu Buhari, responded by officially joining social media.

On Monday, the 72-year old’s first post on Twitter around noon: “Good afternoon my friends! This will now be my official Twitter handle to communicate with you. – GMB” got over 1,000 retweets.

“I and my office will speak to you from here. Personal tweets will be signed GMB,” he said in another tweet.

Subsequent tweets thanked party supporters and volunteers as well as Atiku Abubakar, his strongest challenger at the recently held All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential primaries.

Within six hours of enlisting, the Presidential candidate of the APC had garnered a followership of 12,000.

By 9 p.m. on Monday, the retired general had amassed over 14,000 followers.

While his official URL is www.thisisbuhari.com, his social media handle on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube is @thisisbuhari.

On Sunday, the Buhari Campaign Organization announced the formal opening of its media and communication office to provide “responsible” information to the public.

“While we congratulate the old media for the maturity and capacity displayed in integrating new media and technologies into their operations, experience has shown that the traditional skill of gate keeping, crucial to the production of credible and accurate information, has become a major challenge in the news dissemination service,” Dele Alake, Director of Media and Communication.

Mr. Alake said that the APC presidential candidate’s campaign would focus on issues of electricity generation and distribution, poverty elimination, eradication of corruption, mass employment and security of lives and property.

“These issues have no ethnic colour,” said Mr. Alake.

“Poverty afflicts the young. Unemployment has no political affiliation. Insecurity may be more prominent in the North East in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency but the reality is that Nigerians have never been as endangered as they now are.”

Mr. Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo, a professor of Law, are the candidate and running mate respectively of the APC.

Mr. Alake said that Buhari-Osinbajo ticket is bringing together two institutions which would defend the national patrimony and maintain internal harmony.

“While the military defends the state from aggression, the judicial system defends the law which establishes and maintains the State,” said Mr. Alake.

“Indeed the intellecual, political and spiritual antecedents of Professor Yemi Osinbajo provides the complimentary combination and collaboration that the next Nigerian administration needs – a government that respects the rights of its citizens and enforces their duty to the State.”


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  • Harun

    The Truth shall prevail God Willing against the falsehood

  • segun

    Thanks! God Bless You! Eternal Change Forever

  • Wähala

    Thought they said he can’t use an iPad… that he’s illiterate jackboot? He said, “Personal tweets will be signed GMB”. Has Dumbo personally signed any tweets to anybody biko… publish it here make I read with am my eyeballs? The battle has moved to Reno’s turf, it’s time to share his loot with more Gejitoes because at the rate of 14,000 followers/day, na tougher war that requires more humans than just changing handle names and pocketing the budget. More TAWANDOs, Olekus ati Otiles. However, there’s no doubt on my mind that even Dumbo will concede defeat before the elections proper when the campaigns begin and the mammoth crowd follows Buhari from city-to-city shouting… Sai Buhari! Social media or not, the choice is between Corruption and Incorruptible… Incompetence & Proven Competence. Satan and Saint… easier than sex!

    • Okey

      Can’t you comprehend, even a little ? At the end of the story, the name, Dele Alake, emerged as the alpha and omega of the Facebook and twitter handles. Dele Alake, it was who made Tinubu achieve wonders only on television and he pages of newspapers. He is the one speaking and signing on these handles. The news here did not reveal anything different.

  • Otile

    Our money at work. Rauf, give us our money back, efulefu.

    • endingNaija

      Ole, which money?

    • Usman

      Naivety at its peak, money on twitter and Web page?, LOL

      • Otile

        Imam publicly declared poverty and begged Rauf to use the wealth Rivers state to prop him up and Rauf is doing so. Otherwise where did Imam get the money for his new ostentatious living?

  • Alfullati

    GMB is the man of the moment.Gutter politics wouldn’t help the desperados.Please let us discuss issues and not sentiments.

  • Eze1

    “Mr. Alake said that the APC presidential candidate’s campaign would focus on issues of electricity generation and distribution, poverty elimination, eradication of corruption, mass employment and security of lives and property” Just campaign on these issues and the incumbent will be shown the exit door come Val Day