Time’s writer attacked for listing Tinubu in 100 most influential persons
Astha Rajvanshi, a staff writer for Time 100 has locked her
Twitter account, an action which was believed to be connected with criticisms
she has received over the inclusion of Nigeria’s president-elect, Bola Tinubu,
on the latest Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
Rajvanshi received a bombardment of denigration on social
media for the article she wrote for Tinubu, which painted his role as a
“longtime political power broker” and his efforts in helping to restore
Nigeria’s democracy in 1999.
Many Nigerian Twitter users, who are mostly supporters of
the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, known as ‘Obidients’
lambasted the writer for decorating Tinubu’s contentious political career,
which includes allegations of corruption and drug case in the United States,
Tinubu’s addition to the Time 100 list has also been
disparaged by some Nigerian youths, who argued that he did not merit the credit
given the ongoing controversies surrounding his election victory and his
apparent role in the country’s economic woes.
In response to the backlash, the writer, Astha Rajvanshi
locked her Twitter account and has not commented publicly on the matter.
Despite the criticism, Tinubu’s supporters have hailed his
inclusion on the list as a validation of his leadership and political
influence, both in Nigeria and on the global stage.
Some of the reactions
One of the critics One Nigeria! 🇳🇬🇨🇦
@Gen_tuu69 on Twitter wrote, “Above is Astha Rajvanshi @astharajvanshi repost on LinkedIn, thanks to
@ChiomaChuka for the thoughts shared to clear up the TIME 100 Tinubu’s feature.
I think Agbados didn’t bother to read the Article and Obidients wonjured her
too fast. Na Journey we dey go, and we go finish am.”
In reaction, Emeka Azuka Okoye @EmekaOkoye said, “Dear
#ObiDients, Attacking Astha Rajvanshi was uncalled for and unnecessary. She
didn’t do it because she doesn’t like Nigeria. The bigots lobbyists sold the
idea to Time Magazine. We should have just educated her with all that has been
going on. This was just not right IMHO (in my honest opinion).
Meanwhile, another Twitter user, Tosin Hexemty @Hexemty1
cautioned, “Okay now; I think the “Obidients” needs to be cautioned and
sensitized appropriately. Bcos why do u have to go hard on anyone that has a
contrary opinion to yours. Don’t people especially of the press reserve/have
the right to carry out their assignment again?!”
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