Following the genocidal tweet made by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari against the Igbos on Twitter, other ethnic groups are now trending the hashtag #IamIgboToo on Twitter as a sign of love and support.
The President said in a now-deleted tweet that “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,”
Many Nigerians condemned the tweet and reported the President’s account prompting the social media platform to delete the tweet for violating their policy.
Reacting to the tweet, MI posted a video with the caption, “The narrative that ‘Nigeria hates Igbo people’ is an outdated context that will leave with the old and bitter generation. Today let us stand with our Igbo family and say #IAmIgboToo.”
In the video, he said, “I can’t imagine being an Igbo citizen and seeing those tweets yesterday. I can’t imagine how it would have made them feel.
“So, I thought it could be beautiful today if we rally round organically on Twitter. Just post videos and messages on our timeline to tell our Igbo brothers and sisters that we are one and that we are Igbo too.”
EndSars Rinu in support of the Igbos tweeted “I remember the Aba Women Rebellion where at least 25,000 Igbo women protested against colonial oppression. I come from the same land with those dynamic women, born of confidence & resilience to years of oppression & social injustice. My name is Rinu Ochiagha Oduala. #IAmIgboToo”
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”
Aisha Yesufu tweeted “My name is Aisha Somtochukwu Yesufu #IAmIgbo. Any threat to Igbo people is a threat to me. An attack to Igbo people is an attack on me. I condemn the 1967 threats from President Buhari to the Igbo people No Nigerian is more Nigerian than any Nigerian”