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Akande to Aisha Yesufu: Engage on issues, don’t abuse people on social media

Mr. Laolu Akande, a Former Presidential Aide

*Laolu Akande, a former Presidential aide,  lambastes Aisha Yesufu, a social critic, urging her to engage in serious public discourse on the social media instead of turning the virtual space into a platform for abusing personalities

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Mr. Laolu Akande, a former Presidential aide, has taken a swipe at a social critic, Aisha Yesufu, telling her to engage in serious discourse on social media instead of turning the social space into a platform for abusing people.

Akande was reacting afternoon Saturday, October 28, 2023, to a post by Yesufu on her verified X (formerly Twitter) account where she rebuked former President Goodluck Jonathan over a statement attributed to him, saying, “Elections are over, we must move forward,” when he visited President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in Aso Rock Friday.

Yesufu, a staunch follower of Mr. Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25 Presidential Election, condemned Jonathan for his statement.

She quoted the publication that reported him the former President via her X account and tweeted: “Jonathan still sees himself as that child without shoes. Perfect example of law of the lid playing out.”

However, reacting via his X account, Mr. Akande, who also quoted Yesufu, telling her that “Speaking truth to power” is “a key for a healthy democracy,” but “insults only weaken our critical messages.”

Akande tweeted: “Dear @AishaYesufu, speaking truth to power is key for healthy democracy.

“Having been on both sides, I know accountability is vital, but insults only weaken our critical messages.

“Let’s engage in serious discourse that fosters change because there are more serious issues to sort.”

The tweet by the former presidential aide has attracted other X users’ attention, who supported Akande in his subtle approach to bringing normalcy into public discussion, especially as he called for the need to address issues and not attack personalities.

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