Some Nigerians on Twitter have called for the boycott of The Economist magazine for calling former President Goodluck Jonathan an “ineffectual buffoon”.
The Economist made the disparaging remark in an article titled ‘Nigeria’s economy Crude tactics’.
The article, which ripped President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policies to shreds, particularly the decision to protect Nigeria’s “dwindling hard-currency reserves by blocking imports” and pegging the official exchange rates at 197-199 to the dollar, blamed the Jonathan administration for squandering the country’s foreign reserves, which it noted, could have served as a buffer to cushion the effects of crashing oil prices.
However, the part that irked supporters and non-supporters alike of Dr. Jonathan was the part where the magazine seemingly disrespected a former president of the world’s largest black nation on earth.
“In the eight months since Mr Buhari arrived at Aso Rock, the presidential digs, the homicidal jihadists of Boko Haram have been pushed back into the bush along Nigeria’s borders”, The Economist said.
“The government has cracked down on corruption, which had flourished under the previous president, Goodluck Jonathan, an ineffectual buffoon who let politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity”, it added.
As expected, Nigerians showed their disapproval on Twitter:
God pls, if I will be called an ineffectual buffoon after leaving office as a president, make me one 1st.
— Ade-Adegbite. (@stevoeade) January 29, 2016
Ineffectual Buffoon…Perfect! Just Perfect!
— Oladipo Timmy (@Game_buoy) January 29, 2016
Let's not engage in d wrong debate. Why would d Economist write with such IMPUNITY about Nigeria? Ineffectual buffoon"? POOR Editorial piece
— Ogbonnaya N. Ezichi (@sunnystats3n) January 29, 2016
If I regard someone my hero and he is called an "ineffectual buffoon" I will carry a placard and walk from Lagos to Cape Town!
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) January 29, 2016
Referring to GEJ as "ineffectual buffoon" though… Not cool
— Zainab Usman (@MssZeeUsman) January 28, 2016
"Nigerian International Ineffectual Buffoon" | EVEN OUT OF POWER, THIS 'HERO' CONTINUES TO DRAG OUR NAME IN THE MUG! pic.twitter.com/UONHWnYoQ2
— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) January 28, 2016
What do you call a president who allowed money for arms and ammunition to be looted? An ineffectual buffoon… Thank you @TheEconomist
— Adeda (@tosinadeda) January 28, 2016
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) January 28, 2016
— Mr. Aye Dee (@MrAyeDee) January 28, 2016
An ineffectual buffoon? These people are harsh oooo. pic.twitter.com/H0vRLanaeC
— Field Marshal The Godfather (@Ayourb) January 28, 2016
We think it's our exclusive right to "insult" GEJ? You can't call your father a mad man & expect an outsider to call him sane! Impossible!
— Daniel (@ayoadaniel) January 28, 2016
An ineffectual buffoon? Goodness gracious. Wow. https://t.co/1opegY3wl1
— Written By (@DamiElebe) January 28, 2016
Yes, GEJ may have been ineffectual in certain respects, but to describe him as an ineffectual buffoon? Very undesirable! @TheEconomist
— Toju⚘⚘ (@towjhu) January 28, 2016
"…an ineffectual buffoon who let politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity…"
Why so #?:( pic.twitter.com/OBxj2wzQf1
— 'Gbénga Ṣẹ̀san (@gbengasesan) January 28, 2016