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Nigerian calls out Facebook for ignoring Nigeria during attacks

17 November 2015, 12:27

Lagos - A Nigerian has registered his displeasure over the attention social-media giant Facebook is giving France over the recent terrorist attacks at the expense of Nigeria and other African countries.

Jafaar Jafaar in a post to the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg expressed his concern and displeasure over the huge attention Facebook is giving the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead so far.

He said the platform has never for once shown solidarity to Nigeria and other African countries during Boko Haram attacks that have left thousands of people dead.

While sympathizing with the French over their loss, he said the manner in which Facebook has created a smashing theme for the over 1 billion users across the globe to identify with French attacks but never did same for Nigeria when an estimated 15 000 Nigerians were killed by terrorists in round-the-clock attacks in eight years is not fair enough.

He also stated that when Boko Haram terrorists attacked Baga town in January this year, the death toll was estimated at 2 000, Facebook did not deem it fit to show solidarity.

Another attack on Kano city in January 2012, that left185 people dead, and in Bama town in February 2014, where at least 120 Nigerians were massacred did not deserve any mention by Facebook.

In one fell swoop in November 2014, Boko Haram bombed 220 Nigerians at a mosque in Kano city, 50 worshippers bombed at Madalla church in 2011, and in February 2014, at least 60 students were slain at a Yobe school. Facebook failed to identify with Nigeria despite getting a lot of followers from the country.

He went ahead to remind Facebook of the attack on eight Borno villages that left 150 dead and did not also get any attention on Facebook.

The #‎BringBackOurGirls movement, agitating for the release of 224 school girls abducted by terrorists, has also failed to prick the conscience of the company to identify with Nigeria despite the regular posts by Nigerians on every activity, every sit-out and every march on the network.

He urged the company not to identify only with Nigerians but Africans in their trying times.

- News 24


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