Some Nigerians on Twitter are trending the #IamIgboToo hashtag to express their solidarity with the people of South-East, Nigeria, a day after a threat was issued against the region.
On Tuesday during a meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission, the President Muhammadu Buhari on how the burning of INEC offices may cause a constitutional dilemma ahead of the 2023 elections.
Buhari said, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Already, Buhari’s statement had been met with outrage on social media and the #IamIgboToo hashtag takes it a step further.
Rapper, MI Abaga via his verified Twitter handle said, “If you have an Igbo friend.. please post a message of solidarity using the hashtag #ozoemena #IamIgboToo and share online!
Let love defeat hate!!”
A popular Twitter user, Sally Suleiman tweeted, “I love my Igbo friends
I support Igbo people. Thanks to the Igbos for their contribution to our Economy. We hear you loud and clear, and we would always support you. Igbo Amaka #IamIgboToo.”
Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba tweeted, “The President is working against the Terrorist IPOB, not the Igbo. I believe the President, as all Nigerians do, loves the Igbo. There is no better way to be #IamIgbotoo than to liberate the region of the menace of the IPOB killers and arsonists, that have imprisoned the Igbo.”
A Twitter user, Bella, a Nigerian of Southeastern origin said, “As an Igbo person going through this hashtag, my eyes well up in tears. I am very happy with the support I'm seeing from. non-Igbos who understand the pain of being Igbo in Nigeria, thank you.#IamIgboToo"NaijaBlog.ng