Nigerian-born BBC journalist, Peter Okwoche has revealed that he has been receiving abuses online over his interview with All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Recall that Okwoche had announced on Monday that Tinubu who many claim does not talk to the press had talked to him in an exclusive interview about his presidential ambitions and plans for Nigeria if elected in the 2023 presidential election.
The news seemingly didn’t sit well with traducers of the Tinubu campaign who were shocked and shaken that Tinubu could speak to the press; and will choose in their response, a resort to online abuse that has typified their campaign, especially the supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Okwoche expressed shocked at the amount of online abuse he has been getting just because Tinubu decided to grant him an interview.
He, however, stated that he is undisturbed by the cascade of abuses, affirming that the joke is not on him, but on them.
Okwoche wrote, “It’s amazing the amount of abuse I’m getting online about my interview with @officialBAT. An interview that you haven’t even watched yet, but I’m a big man with broad shoulders so the joke’s on you!
To Okwoche, it might come as a surprise but to many Nigerians who had in the past raised concerns about the violent-approach of the Obidients supporters, they were far from shocked the supporters would choose to go down the route of cyber bullying.
Despite the campaign of issues being advocated by the electoral body, INEC, and the flurry of complaints leveled against the supporters of Obi notorious for their cyber bullying, Obi is yet to call them to order — a silence that has been touted as an endorsement of violence on the part of the former Anambra state governor – with the trend of abusing and bullying opposition still, if not stronger than the inception of the electoral campaign.