Earlier this week the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, caused a social media storm as she responded to a post by Senator Sani, a Nigerian legislator, who appeared to be commenting metaphorically on the political instability caused by President Buhari’s prolonged absence due to an undisclosed illness.
Sani, in his post said: “Prayer for the absent Lion King has waned; Until he’s back, then they will fall over each other to be on the front row of the palace temple. “Now the hyenas and the jackals are scheming and talking to each other in whispers; still doubting whether the Lion King will be back or not. Now the Lion king is asleep and no other dare to confirm if he will wake up or not. It’s the wish of the Hyenas that the Lion King never wakes or come back so that they can be kings. “It’s the Prayers of the weaker animals that the Lion King comes back to save the Kingdom from the Hyenas, the wolves, and other predators. Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President, has given an insight into the power play at the Nigerian seat of power in the wake of a sickness that has kept her husband out of the country for over two months.”
The First Lady responded on her Facebook page saying, “God has answered the prayers of the weaker animals. The hyenas and the jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom. We strongly believe in the prayers and support of the weaker animals.”
Here is the post:
And in true 21st-century fashion, thousands of Nigerians took to Twitter to express their views on the exchange.
Here are the best responses:
Nigeria is indeed a comedy zone aka channel DSTV channel 182- NGwld. Kanu, wizkid and Aisha Buhari the lion King's wife well done ooh
— Ego Pearl (@eniglad2k) July 11, 2017
Me, shook, the day Twitter told me the Lion King was in East Africa & I thought it was Nigeria pic.twitter.com/sksPEZPX0e
— a princess diana stan account (@seabethree) May 25, 2017
Mrs Aisha chose names from a famous animated movie "Lion King" what a matchable word for APC's Jackals, Hyenas & lionking. Nigeria is a ZOO.
— Mazi C.Okeke (@nobex5) July 11, 2017
In lion king
The right to rule is a birthright
– I think in #Nigeria the right to rule is a democratic right for few years
— De mantiger (@themantiger) July 11, 2017
Disney should please film the remake of Lion King ? in Nigeria seeing we are led by one already
— Yitkyim (@Yitkyim) July 12, 2017
President: Dogs & Baboons
FirstLady: Hyenas & Jackals
Shehu Sani: Lion king & weaker animals
Nnamdi Kanu: Nigeria is a zoo!
Me: I'm Confused
— MacANTHONY NNOROM (@bandaholica) July 11, 2017
A zoo is wher u can find, Hyenas and Jackals, Dogs and Baboons, 1 Lion King nd other weaker animals! And guess what? #Nigeria has all these!
— Chijioke Kelvin Klint ???? (@cjmokas) July 11, 2017
The worst mistake of 2015 was replacing GEJ with the Lion King.
Now, we are hearing of Hyenas and the Jackals of animal kingdom in Nigeria
— Edward Obi-Akpere ?? (@Obiakpere) July 11, 2017
What we have in Nigeria is a President and not a lion king. Nigeria is not an animal kingdom.
— Maduchor Collins (@MaduchorC) July 12, 2017