President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday morning tweeted himself into trouble after he sent a congratulatory message to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari who has been re-elected for a second term.
Uhuru’s morning tweet backfires badly
Uhuru's tweet causes trouble
President Kenyatta was among the first leaders to send congratulatory messages to Buhari whose election was marred with violence and accusations of rigging.
"Congratulations H.E. @MBuhari on your re-election for a second term as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Your victory is a clear demonstration of the trust and confidence the people of Nigeria have in your ability to lead the country to greater heights of progress," Kenyatta tweeted.
Electoral theft in Kenya and Nigeria
Kenyans and Nigerians ganged up in ridiculing the Kenyan head of state, accusing of being complicit in electoral theft.
“Man of steal!!!!!!” comedian Njugush replied sarcastically.
“You are congratulating Muhammadu Buhari someone who postponed elections dates, delayed announcing results and teargased voters. We are sorry Nigerians, these are Birds of the same feathers. This is Africa!” Cyprian Nyakundi Escobar replied.
Our president is always the first to congratulate some election fraudsters we saw it in Congo recently can't we just mind our own internal corruption businesses,” Frank Mtetezi stated.
“Dear president Kenyatta, Note; we the people of Nigeria did not vote for Buhari and has no confidence in him. Please understand that very well. Just like the fraud call election that took place in your country, thesame thing took place , hear in Nigeria,” @kifanzi Stephen said.
Uhuru voice mimicked
Other Kenyans raised the issue of a case where suspects have been charged with mimicking the President’s voice and stealing Sh10 million from city billionaire Naushad Merali.
“Given recent developments - how do we know this is you???” @roomthinker wondered.
Buhari, vying under the ticket of the All Progressives Congress party (APC), was declared winner with 56 percent, or 15.2m votes, in the February 23 polls, according to Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
His closest challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), received 41 percent or 11.3m votes. Abubakar has since rejected Abubakar’s win and is expected to challenge the results in court.
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