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Buhari & Lara Oshiomhole’s Handshake has Got Nigerian Twittersphere Talking




This photo of president-elect Muhammadu Buhari shaking hands with Lara Oshiomhole has sparked a heated debate on Twitter.

Some say that the handshake was inappropriate from the viewpoint of some Islamic tenets. While others see nothing wrong with the handshake.

Here are some tweets about the matter:

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What’s your take?


  1. LotusFlower

    May 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    “Oh, no! He has sinned!!!!!”
    Gimme a break. People are so sanctimonious. Someone even had the nerve to berate Aisha Buhari for not wearing a veil. The Buhari’s will be picked apart by their own supporters…. watch and see.
    I guess he’s their savior or something, so they probably feel that he has to be the perfect Muslim president. Goodluck lol

    • seriously

      May 18, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Muslims are so religious for no reason. You would think they have the best hearts or genuine care with all this rules and regulations. Where was all this outcry when boko haram kills children, wives, mothers and men but they are crying over a normal handshake or an elected first lady not covering her face. They dont condemn act of terrorism, violence and brutality taking place under the same religion that dictates how women and children should live on the same twitter, but want to act holier than thou. Nonsense.

      Nigeria is a democratic country, not a muslim country. Buhari represents all nigerians. Therefore, he has to separate his personal beliefs from political and social affairs.

  2. Zandyzay

    May 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Nigerians shaaaa…. sipping zobo n waiting to read comments ooooo

  3. BB

    May 17, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Unless and until Aisha Buhari says otherwise, why are taking panadol over Aisha’s headache. It is her prerogative who GMB can and cannot shake. Anything outside of that is no one’s problem.

    • Tumi

      May 19, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Is that Aisha Buhari or Mrs Oshibajo. That looks like the wife of the vice president.

  4. Funmie

    May 17, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    He is d next President, have to embrace all cultures and religions.

  5. le coco

    May 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Oh puuuhlease… hu cares? In this day n age? Nd in th position he occupies? Pls ppl shld and sit down.. of all d issues we hv in our country. . This is th one tht caught ppls attention? Mtchew… his wife also shakes mens hands nd nothing happened.. the sky ddnt fall.. ppl shld calm down

    • Vivian

      May 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      The difference between “Nd” and “and” is just an “A”. Takes 0.1 seconds to type but saves the rest of us a headache trying to make sense of your comment. Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the difference between “hu” and “who” 🙂

    • M&

      May 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Yeah, and I’m so afraid, the ‘I’ in ‘I am’ is also in danger of extinction! It gets me mad to ‘am’, even in official emails/messages!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Hahahahahaha! “Tomorrow we’ll tackle the difference between “hu” and “who” “. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    • Please stop with the headache-inducing text speak

      May 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      hahahaha, you are a funny somebody. I now bypass all those headache-inducing comments with meaningless text speak or abbreviations. The latest I see now is ‘wawu’!

    • ATL's finest

      May 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

      @ Vivian please calm your tail down. Folks type with abbreviations and nobody is above “TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS” especially in this generation of too numerous technology going on via tablets, phones ( sensitive to touch) etc.

  6. Funmie

    May 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Presidents’ have no culture or religion!

    • david

      May 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      that na why we no see GEJ for mosque even for once.

  7. Scared homosapien

    May 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Let’s bet it, the people that will vote buhari out will be his own people. They will say he isn’t representing them as a true Muslim.
    We just give ourselves needless assignments in this country.

  8. Bro Kareem Azeez

    May 17, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    She is a ceremonial wife. She has throw away talkless of veil.

  9. Mizzy

    May 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Pple cn blow thngs out of proportion, Nigerians n deir holier than thou attitude

  10. UC

    May 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    So no every time problem dey dey North??? @ the last tweet
    Na the tactics wey them dey use divert money to North.
    Nonsense .

  11. UC

    May 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    *so na

  12. Deedee

    May 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    What’s the big deal in the handshake o ye hypocrites?Mind you,he’s got so many handshakes to do in the coming days.

  13. Bruness

    May 17, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Much ado about nothing!!!!

  14. Missy J

    May 17, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Hmmm from Islamist fundamentalist and Sharia law activist to less Muslim. I see how things work.. . Happy Sunday guys!!

  15. vivianmorh

    May 17, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Nigerians and dia oversabiii sha. Yes he is a muslim bt he is also the president elect of the country. Make all of dis hypocrites go sit down somewia and chill jhor. If she offer her hand and he did not shake her dem go call am sexist now he shakes her na wahala. Una get issue shaaa

  16. BooB's

    May 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Happy Sunday Everyone. 9ja when will u stop! After all the bullshits we hear on the news & Boko haram nothing is been said & done but 9ja & the Islamist do this, Ismaist don’t do that abeg make una let ppl hear word…etc I rest my case Long Live GMB

  17. bruno FIERCE

    May 17, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    so what of muslim men who are doctors or nurses. that mean they are not allowed to treat female patients?

    a muslim man that is a massage therapist nko? no female clients for him? smh

    “aisha buhari needs to be more conservative”

    really?shes not vonservative enough for u abi. she should cover her self from head to toe in black cause its a crime and its shameful to be a woman,

    islam oppresses the hell out of women.

    • Lois

      May 18, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      For Doctors, Nurses and Therapists, it is not ‘Haram’ but ‘A-Goat’ for them to touch clients of the opposite sex. In fact, it is ‘A-Donkey’

  18. jojo

    May 17, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Nigeria is a secular state so these people need to take a back sit and remember that

  19. Diddy

    May 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    when obama and his wife visited saudi arabia,some of the conserve leaders shook hands with michelle while some kept their distance,despite d fact it caused mixed reaction but it was normal to most of those arab leaders but na d common ones carry am for head,noting wey no be wahala,pple condemning GMB for the handshake but una go accept child marriage,creepy and disgusting pple

  20. EllesarisEllendil

    May 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    As always I loathe hypocrisy:

    Narrated ‘Aisha: that the Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).

    —Sahih al-Bukhari, 7:62:64

    Shaking hands with a woman or consummating marriage with a nine year old. Nigerians help me judge.

    I say this with all due respect, but do these people know more than the most holy prophet???

  21. Chiedu

    May 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    In Nigeria, a country of more than 160 million people, we generates less than 2,000 megawatts to power the whole country, pathetic!. While, Heathrow an airport in UK generates about 6,000 megawatts. It is not an issue because it is Nigeria, a country where the oppressed justifies the actions of the oppressor.
    We neglect germane issues like power, host community and true federalism and loose sleep over who Buhari decides to shake.
    Why are we like this in this hot region, eeeeh?

    • Root

      May 21, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      You said it, ”in this hot region”, the intensity of the sun has fried our brains. You will notice that the sun is hotter in the North too.

  22. deb

    May 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    NIGERIA is a SECULAR state. He his muslim by religion but when it comes to the affairs of the state he has no religion. He should not shake hands abi? U hypocrites telling your wife to cover up&patronising sex workers. Shior

  23. cindy

    May 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    The tweet I find more provlematic is the one that says Aisha should be more conservative. What’s with the double standard? It is okay for GMB to shake women but it is not akay for Aisha to appear veiless? Mind you, she still covers her hair o. Or am I the only one reading it this way? The number of RTs sef. Well, I’m not surprised, muslims forever trying to suffocate their women?

  24. kaka bibi

    May 18, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Well I am not Muslim but I have lived in the north for close to 20 years and honestly I saw this coming…it was only a matter of time and they will criticise Aisha for her “unislamic public appearances” photos from her recent helicopter ride must have sparked the venom. I wouldn’t be surprise if she withdraws from public scenes completely, well the reason simply being that Buhari himself is an epitome of the faith, he is seen and respected as one who champions the cause of the faith with his advocacy for shariah and all, so it’s expected. Whether or not he is president he is still Muslim and a respected one who should live an exemplary life….that’s where his critics are coming from……

  25. $exyD

    May 18, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Shows the type of people and mindset they are breeding in the north

  26. chrismary onyegini

    May 18, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Buhari and Aisha are the Parents of every Nigerian hence they are bound to relate with everybody. Aisha is bound to dress officially; be guided please

  27. Davis Ademola

    May 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Some people are just so idle and jobless. What has the handshake got to do with Buhari’s performance as a president. The soon to be President of this country has the responsibility to embrace all culture and traditions. What if he has embraced the lady, what will you people be saying. We are sometimes hypocritical about the judgement we laid out on people, whereas our own problems are left unchecked. As far as I am concerned your mind is your God. Appearance means nothing and absolutely nothing. Those who appear with veils this days are more worst than those with no veil. God bless Buhari and His wife and God bless my country Nigeria.

  28. Naked

    May 18, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I bet if this people have their way, they will tell all woman to be covered up from head to toe regardless of their religion. Much ado about nothing.

  29. Ohplease!!!

    May 18, 2015 at 9:12 am

    These people with their backward beliefs. Oh Lord have mercy on us all.

    • laila

      May 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      with all due respect..yes GMB is the president of all of nigeria but he is a muslim and hence has to follow tenets of islam .and to all those who accuse muslims and islam disciminate against women I implore you p lease read widely and not allow media opinion..

  30. Alert!

    May 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Typical Nigerians. Always bickering on the needless

  31. eSEoSAGIE

    May 18, 2015 at 10:03 am

    OH! NOOOOOOOO THE THINGS WE WORRY ABOUT…. WHAT SHOULD HE HAVE DONE HUGGED HER? Why are we such bloody hypocrites. jeeeez….girls are still missing o lets banter about that

  32. oy

    May 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    no comment! i just wish them all the best

  33. fredric

    May 22, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I am pleading with every body to live buhari because of the almighty God in heaven to rule us in the way that God can lead him, because the elect president of the federation is not for religion leader nor immam in one mosque thank.

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