Garba Shehu dragged on social media over comment on coronavirus

The trending issue of killer respiratory disease, Coronavirus which has now hit Nigeria is no doubt a very sensitive subject.

It is no surprise that Nigerians came after the Spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, dragging him on social media over his comment about the virus

It appears Nigerians would have none of it as they wasted no time to attack the lawmaker

The outrage started moments after Shehu on Sunday morning after a long silence on the outbreak of the deadly disease in Lagos on Thursday wondered why Nigeria media did not bring to spotlight the death caused by Malaria like they did for Coronavirus.

On his Twitter page, he wrote:

“This morning’s newspapers, all of them have Coronavirus as the lead, cover story.

“When will they bring the spotlight to bear on 822 who are killed by malaria everyday in Nigeria?

However, his comment did not go down well with some Nigerians who told the presidential aide that it is obvious that Buhari administration has failed in public health.

According to them, Buhari’s administration should be ashamed that malaria which has a treatment is killing Nigerians daily.

Here are some comments gathered from Twitter;

@iamfictionary “When will they bring the spotlight to the fact that your bosses are rehabilitating terrorists instead of the victims in IDPs and the soldiers that are sacrificing their lives for our safety.”

@Ayekooto “This is the last straw that has made me give up on this country. 822people die daily? That is 822 x 366= 300,852 x 5yrs of this administration= over 1.5million people and yet Buhari has no emergency fumigation plan, treated net distribution or drug subsidy plan. Yet you tweet this!

@OyinkuruJames “Listen to your reasoning capability ? If actually malaria parasite is killing 836 Nigerians everyday, whose fault is it ? Am glad u r exposing the flaws of this government.”

@Allyshimmer “We all know the first treatment and prevention of malaria. That it kills people in Nigeria is a shame on your government so focus on that.”

@BanksOmisore “Please stop this attitude of Us (presidency) vs everyone. Stop looking for imaginary enemies. If you are not attacking those you call opposition or wailers, you are attacking media houses. For once, preach unity to face Coronavirus in Nigeria then go back your politicking once defeated.

@Ibangaemmanuel “Honestly. Who selected/gathered this bunch of despicable mediocres as a team. Garba is not ashamed that his government allows malaria kill 822 Nigerians everyday. So if the media report it that’ll bring the scourge to an end?

@Hisknowledgeable ” If according to you @Garba Shehu malaria kills over 822 Nigerians, daily, even under Buhari. You are simply telling us that your boss has failed on public health.”

Thanks a bunch for bragging over the deaths of over 822 hapless Nigerians to malaria, daily.”

@LoveisSupremeO “See how you have brought the ineptness of your government to bare. Your tweet is evidence of how inefficient this administration has been.

@WisdomOLazarus “And you are not ashamed to say malaria killed 822. Other countries have gone past beating malaria. What happened to the huge sums budgeted for fight against malaria. What happened to the huge sums budgeted for insecticide treated mosquito nets as lamented by the president’s wife.”

@Blessonate “Garba Shehu thinks this tweet makes sense, unknowingly exposing how the government he serves is failing in the health sector. Almost 900 people die daily because malaria and he is not ashamed to say it!”


Rhema Olonade

Rhema Olonade is an Entertainment writer on Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass communication from Redeemers University, Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about news writing and broadcasting. Hobbies are watching movies, and public speaking. Tel: +2347161000090 Address: Ketu-Alapere, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

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