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Anger as Economist says Jonathan 'an ineffectual buffoon'

31 January 2016, 09:19

Lagos – Social media users have reacted with anger after the Economist magazine on Thursday described former president Goodluck Jonathan as "an ineffectual buffoon".

According to Pulse, the magazine said this while referring to the corruption that took place during Jonathan's term in office.

In an article titled "Crude Tactics: Cheap oil is causing a currency crisis in Nigeria. Banning imports is no solution",  the magazine claimed that politicians and their cronies "filled their pockets with impunity" during Jonathan's administration.

"In the eight months since Mr [Muhammadu] 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 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," the publication wrote, according to Punch.

Following the publication of the article, social media users took to Twitter expressing their outrage:

@adetoyan: I don't think it's the Economist's place to insult our past president. We can insult him on our own

@Omojuwa: ...I believe the Buhari administration should look at ways of preventing further acts of name calling from The Economist...

@rosanwo: Calling our former President a buffoon is unacceptable, the Nigerian state should demand for an apology. Very wrong!

- News24 Nigeria


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