‘Common sense vs Naija sense’ — knocks for Ambode over Buhari public holiday


Nigerian users on Twitter have reacted forcefully to the declaration of Thursday as a work-free day in Lagos state as the state prepares to host President Muhammadu Buhari for two days.

The declaration was made on Tuesday by Kehinde Bamigbetan, Commissioner for Information and Strategy. He said the declaration of a state-wide day-off was to enable residents to come out en masse to welcome the President.

Imohimi Edgal, Commissioner of Police, also said on Tuesday that there would be temporary road closure and diversions in some areas, including Ikeja, Agege, Maryland, Ikoyi, and Victoria Island.

He said the President would be attending a colloquium to mark the 66th birthday of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at Victoria Island, and the official flag-off of the construction of the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project in Epe.



    Following the statement, the Lagos State Government (@followlasg) shared the declaration on Twitter, and reiterated that it is meant to enable Lagosians come out en masse to welcome the President, who is on “a historic two-day visit” to the state.

    In reaction to this announcement, Nigerians, such as Pius Adesanmi, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro, Joe Abah and Reno Omokri, did not hide their disappointment. While some were blunt, others were tongue-in-cheek.

    Here are some:



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