Senior Special Assistant on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu is currently under fire in the Nigerian social media space for a tweet many observers have described as reckless and insensitive, coming from a presidential spokesperson.
In his Christmas message to Nigerians on Sunday, Mallam Shehu tweeted; “As the year 2016 comes to a dead end, I wish you a festive season and a Happier year ahead. Regards to your dear ones.”
The “dead end” tweet has provoked comments from many Nigerians in the social media calling on the President’s media aide to delete the tweet and apologise.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary of English defines the term “dead end” as “a position, situation, or course of action that leads to nothing further” or in other terms, “a situation, plan, or way of doing something that leads to nothing further”. Connotatively or denotatively, the expression appears to evoke negative imagery.
Recall that President Buhari’s media aides have established a reputation of being insensitive, nasty and brutish with their comments on the plight of millions of suffering Nigerians.
In March 2016, Femi Adesina who is Mallam Shehu’s colleague as President Buhari’s Media and Publicity Adviser incurred the wrath of Nigerians when he suggested to them that they should hold vandals responsible for the energy crisis the nation is facing.
Mallam Shehu was yet to apologise, react or retract the offensive tweet at the time of filing this report.