Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, November 29, reportedly snubbed Senator Remi Tinubu, wife the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Mr. Buhari upon arriving the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja greeted the dignitaries in waiting while snubbing Senator Tinubu.
The event was the official opening of eNigeria organised by Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
Religious and partisan comments have followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to snub Remi Tinubu.
In an 18-second clip that went viral on the social media, Buhari could be seen coming down from a car and ignoring Tinubu’s effort to greet him.
The President subsequently shakes hands with the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, who is standing next to Mrs. Tinubu, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications.
Senator Tinubu, who curtsies twice, is, however, not get a handshake from the President and she didn’t extend her hand for one.
Buhari subsequently skips her and goes on to exchange pleasantries and a handshake with Inuwa Abdullahi, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency.
However, many Nigerians on twitter have reacted to the video, some twitter users justified President Buhari’s action as a core Islam, while some bemoaned the President.
Some Nigerians blamed the Northern tradition of men not shaking women in public, while others claimed PMB did not want to have any conversation with person’s from Bola Tinubu’s camp.
A Twitter user @zubyrega911 said, “The man simply doesn’t trust anything or person from Jagaban’s lineage!
“After all, he shook hands with PM of Germany and many other female leaders!
“The South will soon understand what they did to themselves.”
@Naija_Ijebu took the comment to another level by saying, “I know say @realFFK for hug the mama.
“This man should not be running the affairs of Nigeria.
“I still remember Obasanjo helping Iweala with her gele (head gear).”
@marvixnaija, defending PMB, said Remi Tinubu was not deserving of any greeting.
He said, “The lady didnt act like she was deserving of shaking the “almighty” President even though she is a ranking senator.
“I am ashamed of the senator representing me at the Senate.”
As for @segjoh, it was the Islamic card PMB played in refusing to acknowledge Tinubu’s gesture.
He said, “Really disturbing. Honestly, all I see is the religion card.
“See how uztaz @DrIsaPantami blocked her like Sergio Ramos.
“This won’t have been the case if she was a Christian.”
PMB was attending an award and exhibition in Abuja when the controversial incident happened.
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