On Nigerian Twitter, the hashtag #BanRenoOmokri has been popular as numerous Nigerians demand that his account be blocked due to a tweet he sent criticizing Peter Obi.
Recall that on Wednesday, July 6, Labor Party presidential candidate Obi appeared on Arise TV and was asked to respond to Kwankwaso’s statement that voters in the North would not support a candidate from the South East.
Kwankwaso in an interview with Channels TV said
”If anybody from the South East now, under this circumstance, becomes the presidential candidate of our party or any other party, the implication is that, because of the activities (in the region) and many other issues that are real on the ground, Northern voters will certainly go for their northern candidate in another party. It is not whether I like it or I don’t like it. The fact remains that he (Obi) will lose and I will lose”
When he appeared on Arise TV, Obi was asked to respond to Kwankwaso’s comment. In his response, Obi said
“The comment from my respected elder brother, Kwankwaso, is the reason why we have 100 million Nigerians living in poverty (and) the reason why we have 18 million Nigerian children out of school. It is the reason why we have over 55% of Nigerians on the under or unemployment ladder. It is the reason why Nigeria is unsecured because rather than vote for competence, we choose to vote for incompetence based on a primitive consideration of ethnicity and religion.
Tell me, today you can’t travel from Abuja to Kaduna by air, road, or train. Is it because somebody from the South-East is in charge? You can’t travel from Abuja to Minna by road. Is it because somebody from the South-East is in charge?
Yesterday we had an attack on the presidential convoy in Katsina State. Is it because somebody from the South-East is in charge? Show me where you can buy food cheaper, you have uninterrupted electricity or where people are prospering in the North because northerners are in power? In the South West because they are in power? or in the South East.
What we’ve chosen to do in this country is to consistently hire vehicle drivers to fly the Nigerian airplane instead of hiring qualified pilots. My commitment is, let us campaign and deal with issues of the problem of the country.”
Reacting to the interview, Reno via his Twitter handle, expressed his disapproval of the ”driver-pilot” analogy shared by Mr. Obi. See Reno’s tweet below;
Some Twitter users felt his tweets were inciting and that it might lead to religious and ethnic crises between Hausas and Igbos. They began to report the tweet. The aggrieved Twitter users took it further by launching a petition against him on Change.org for his account on Twitter to be banned. As of this evening, over 57, 000 persons have signed the petition.