Nigerians have been expressing anger at the decision of their President Muhammadu Buhari to approve a new portrait for public use.
Buhari’s aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, on Twitter announced the approval of the new portrait.
The approved portrait according to Ahmad is “for display in all public offices, buildings and for other legitimate purposes.”
He adds that “All ministries, departments, agencies of government, Sub-National Entities, businesses and the public are enjoined to obtain soft copy of the portrait.”
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) July 17, 2019
In many countries portraits of Presidents are placed in official public offices and buildings.
It often reminds people of who is the head of state during a period of time.
Outrage from Nigerians
But Nigerians seem outraged at the decision to approve new official portraits considering that a misplaced priority.
“I would like that you don’t have my portraits in your offices. Please, because the President is not an icon, not an idol. Hang there the pictures of your children, and look into their eyes before every decision,” Volodymyr Zelensky (President of Ukraine)
— Antele Madugu (@madant3) July 17, 2019
Misplaced priority. Instead of signing bills that will end insecurity in his country, he’s busy signing unnecessary bills. Smh 🤦♀️
— Charles Patricks (@lawbestt) July 17, 2019
That’s not our problem, we have nothing to do with his portrait
We need food, security, job etc
— I S Baba Kula (@IbraheemJos) July 17, 2019
Next level New portrait…
Hang this in your home, then stand in front and shout Next level 3 times, food will appear, light will come, and whatever you can think of sha.
Kudos to our government for this Giant stride in technology.
The world is/are learning from us.
— Plenty People (@AbroadBushBoy) July 17, 2019
This is a laudable achievement coming from Mr. President, this will increase our GDP, reduce unemployment and curb insecurity.
Ride on, Commander in Chief, at the sighting of your Portrait every Boko Haram must die.
— Adedayo(Inverter & Solar 🔌) (@hadeydayaaw) July 17, 2019