In solidarity to the End SARs protest, Nigerians have decided to unfollow President Muhammadu Buhari on social media.
This mass unfollow has seen him lose over 100 thousand followers in 24 hours.
This is coming barely 12 hours after Reno Omokri, popular critic and former aide of President Goodluck Jonathan urged Nigerians to unfollow the official Twitter handle of the President as a sign of protest.
Nigerians mostly youths have stormed the streets to protest and seek an end to the activities of the special anti-robbery squad of the Nigerian Police Force (SARS) across the globe in the last 96 hours, calling on the president to scrap that unit of the nation’s police.
Buhari who reacted to the protest on Friday night when he tweeted a photo from a meeting with the inspector general of police (IGP) and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said he has directed the IGP to address the issues and lead a police reform.
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, and ensure erring personnel are brought to justice,” Buhari tweeted
“I appeal for patience and calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.”
Nigerians were not impressed by Buhari’s response, and decided to continue the protests nationwide — gaining traction internationally as one of the top trends across the world.
A Twitter user called on Nigerians to unfollow the president on the micro-blogging platform.
According to him “unfollowing Buhari is also a form of protest?”
“We can help him shave off 1.5 million followers,” he added.
Do you know that unfollowing @MBuhari is also a form of protest? We can help him shave off 1.5 million followers
Buhari whose followers were 3.5 million is now 3.4 million.