AFCON: Ex-Buhari’s Aide Recounts Encounter With Obi’s Supporter During Nigeria vs S’Africa Clash

Feb 9, 2024 | Entertainment, News

  • Former President Muhammadu Buhari’s ex-aide, Bashir Ahmad, has revealed that football is one thing that has the potential to unify Nigerians
  • Ahmad narrated that he met with a Nigerian in Bouake during the Nigeria vs South Africa match in Cote d’Ivoire
  • The former presidential aide said he and the unnamed Nigerians laughed and took pictures together without thinking of their political affiliations, but the person turned out to be Peter Obi’s supporter journalist Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire – Bashir Ahmad, the former aide to the immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari, has recounted his encounter with a supporter of Peter Obi, the former Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 election.

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In a tweet on Thursday, February 8, Ahmad expressed that football is one factor that can unite Nigerians, adding that he met one person at Bouake, the venue for the Nigeria vs South Africa match in Cote d’Ivoire, and they laughed and hugged each other.

Bashir Ahmad/Peter Obi/Muhammadu Buhari/South Arica/Super Eagles/AFCON 2023
Bashir Ahmad recounts experience with Peter Obi’s supporters during Nigeria vs South Africa
Photo Credit: Bashir Ahmad, Peter Obi
Source: Twitter

The former presidential aide disclosed that after exchanging their happy mood and taking pictures, the man confessed to him that he was a supporter of Peter Obi, popularly referred to as the “Obidient”, but they had to laugh together because it was football.

How football can unite Nigeria, Ahmad

Ahmad maintained that the Super Eagles’ victory against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) made all Nigerians hold a deep love for the country for the first time.

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He said:

“Perhaps football is the only thing that can bring this country together, irrespective of religion or ethnicity. I was amazed by a particular event in Ivory Coast yesterday.

“After the match, while we were celebrating, someone approached me screaming NIGERIA at the top of his voice. We hugged and took photos. In a whisper, he confessed he was an Obidient, but in such a moment of victory, we were united and celebrated our victory together.

“It is a thing like last night’s match would tell you that in our unique ways, we all hold a deep love for Nigeria.”

See the tweet here:

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Buhari’s ex-aide commends presidency over Obi earlier reported that Ahmad commended President Bola Tinubu’s media team for putting Peter Obi in the right place.

Ahmad said the presidency has been responding to the criticism from Atiku Abubakar of the PDP while keeping mute on Peter Obi’s comment on national issues.

Recall that Atiku and Obi recently condemned the state of insecurity in the country, but the presidency had only responded to the former vice president.


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