The funniest and saddest thing about media outrage over Muhammadu Buhari’s antics is the short memory.
Buhari was one of the beneficiaries of Obama’s Islamization Democracy program. Nigeria had been run by a Christian president who was fighting Islamic terrorism. The Obama administration insisted that Boko Haram was just misunderstood and that the root cause was the Nigerian military’s campaign against terrorism.
Obama kept pressuring Nigeria to stop cracking down on terrorism and made it clear that there would be limited support without “political change”.
Change came by the way of Muhammadu Buhari, a former Muslim dictator. His election was hailed as a new era for Nigeria.
Here’s the story in 3 acts.
Nigeria’s immediate past president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has accused former United States president Barack Obama of playing an open and active role in the events leading to his election loss in 2015.
Jonathan who governed Nigeria between 2010 and 2015 was running for a second term bid but lost to incumbent Muhammadu Buhari who run on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Act II was yet another meeting between Muhammadu and Obama.
And in the meantime, I also want to thank the President for having been a great partner with us on a range of international challenges of great importance, including around issues like climate change and dealing with pollutants like hydrofluorocarbons, where Nigeria has actually been an excellent partner.
So we wish President Buhari well. He’s going to be President longer than I am. (Laughter.)
And now we’re in Act III.
The U.S., Canada, the European Union, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland issued a joint statement Saturday condemning Nigeria’s government for banning Twitter.
Why it matters: The condemnation came a day after the country’s government threatened to arrest and prosecute any resident found using the app — which has been extremely popular in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.
The action is in retaliation for the social media company temporarily freezing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s account.
Twitter removed a tweet posted by Buhari on Wednesday in which he vowed to punish people in the country’s southeastern region after recent attacks on public infrastructure.
The company then froze Buhari’s account, saying he violated its “abusive behavior” policy, and the government in turn banned its citizens from using the app.
I’ll address Twitter’s hypocrisy later, but the international community’s outrage over their own pet dictator is the joke here.
Biden’s old boss put this “converted Democrat” into power to pander to Islamists. The end result can come as a surprise to no one. But the media treats Muhammadu as if he emerged out of nowhere and makes no mention of Obama’s role in bringing him to power.