Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has described a new book by former president, Goodluck Jonathan, as full of hate speech.
The former president launched the book, titled “My Transition Hours”, on his 61st birthday in Abuja on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The book focused on the events surrounding his time in government around the 2015 presidential election which he lost to Buhari.
Ahmad took to his Twitter account (@BashirAhmaad) on Friday, November 23, to express his disappointment with the content of the book.
He posted, “Was reading that newly released book last night before I slept, the book is full of hate speech. The author ‘entirely’ insulted a particular part of this country, forgetting that millions from that part supported and voted for him. Many are still standing with him. Too bad!”
While later reacting to another Twitter user’s review of the book, the president’s media aide further reiterated his point that the former president’s book was divisive.
“I regretted reading some pages of the book, as a former President, we only expected him to write something that will strengthen our unity, but in that book, H.E Goodluck Jonathan wrote otherwise. The book is full of hate speech,” he posted.
The content of Jonathan’s book has made the news several times this week as he wrote about several issues surrounding his electoral loss over three years ago.
In the book, Jonathan spoke of how the northern political bloc hounded him out of power with fake news and tactics that victimised him as a member of a minority group in Nigeria.
He also stated in the book that foreign institutions have noted that corruption was worse under Buhari than during his own administration, a claim that got a strong response from the presidency.
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