Yesterday in Nigeria, the whole nation and especially Kogi state, was thrown into a state of mourning by the death and subsequent burial of the former governor of the state, late Prince Abubakar Audu, whose sudden demise on Sunday, 22nd November sent shock waves through the spines of many Nigerians. He was said to have slumped and died with the immediate and remote cause of the tragic death yet unknown. He was the candidate of the All Progressives congress (APC) in the state’s governorship elections that held on Saturday, 21st November 2015 and was presumed to have been leading in the polls, before it was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
But while the entire country was putting on their mourning clothes and pouring encomiums on the life and times of this great political leader, a lady identified as Empress Sugabelly (@sugabelly) took to the social media platform Twitter, to celebrate the death of the former governor. The way and actual make-up of her statement is cause for concern. It is abusive and laced with repulsive words. It also labelled the dead man a “monster.” This really came as a surprise and will not go down well with the family of the late prince and those loyal to him but funnily, it did not only end with him alone. She also extended the outrage to his sons, calling them by name, one after the other and branded them as “rapists.” She even went a bit further in describing their conversations while they had forceful sex with her.
Nigerians will as a matter of principle not keep quiet in this kind of matter. They have gone in full sway to reply the lady’s tweets with divided perceptions. While some supported the actions of the lady, others defended the late Prince Audu and his family (when they may not even know him). There were a few though, who chose to be on the fence in the issue. See some of their reactions below: