President Goodluck's supporters with hashtag on banner. (Photo Credit: Google Images)
President Goodluck’s supporters with hashtag on banner.
(Photo Credit: Google Images)

BBC News is reporting that Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Johnson, is asking that his supporters cease using a modified version of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag to campaign for his re-election. Supporters have been using the hashtag #BringBackGoodluck2015 to campaign for President Goodluck’s reelection. The author writes:

“The slogan was widely critizised because it seemed to dramatically misread the public mood in the country. The abducted school girls are still held captive, despite repeated promises by the government – and President Jonathan himself – to secure their release. So far, the government has not taken military steps to rescue the girls, arguing that if force is used, they may end up being killed by the militants.”

The slogan was never officially endorsed by President Goodluck’s camp, but the slogan could be seen on signs and banners around Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja.

Not surprisingly, the use of the hashtag caused a major backlash. The public took to Twitter calling the slogan “insensitive” and “inappropriate.”

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Twitter users now want Twitter to remove the hashtag altogether.


This post was written by Reginald Calhoun, editorial assistant for The Burton Wire. Follow him on Twitter @IRMarsean.

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