A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to omit former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s name from the names of prominent Nigerians who go railway stations named after them.
Naija News had reported earlier that President Buhari on Monday approved the renaming of several train stations after many “prominent Nigerians”.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by the Ministry of Transportation.
According to the statement, the “deserving citizens have contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large.”
Moments after the list went viral, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to air their opinions on the obvious absence of former President Obasanjo from the list.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Obasanjo is not interested, he would have built one for the South West atleast when he was President for 8 years. https://t.co/2wLtl4IhxK
— Abu Rayyan (@Abdulrahmanleme) July 27, 2020
FLASH: President @MBuhari names some railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridors after deserving Nigerian citizens.
Saraki, Ikimi makes list. Obasanjo, Amosun overlooked again. pic.twitter.com/ltzmVxyWMt
— Bankole Akintunde Adebayo (@AdeBanqie) July 27, 2020
Olusegun Obasanjo so failed that no government in Nigeria has deemed it fit to name anything in his name. Even Lagos-Ibadan Railway that passes through Ogun state, iyabo name still miss out. Aremu Olusegun Obasanjo was a monumental failure.
— Sir Ferdinand Rogers (@ayekhemheferdi1) July 27, 2020
Don't be ridiculous!
Obasanjo doesn't need a railway named after him for his Legacy to be secure!
That's a legend already. He is certainly not a saint, but by all standards one of the greatest Nigerians that has lived and walked this land. No apologies.. https://t.co/NIL68QeMWO
— Vena Ikem (@ayabie_ikem) July 27, 2020
Obasanjo’s Legal Team on their way to Aso Rock to find out why a station was not named after him pic.twitter.com/Fb48vLmHQy
— MaskUpNigeria (@iameneji) July 27, 2020
If you have ever buried meatunder a plate of rice and still put one on top……. let's gather here and ask for mercy #bbnaijialockdown #lagos
Toke Makinwa | Bolanle | Funsho Williams | Fashola | Obasanjo | Genevieve | RIP Izu
— YOUNG MONEY (@paschal2k2) July 27, 2020
Wole Soyinka took Obasanjo spot nicely done. Thanks for including Fashola.
— ᴏᴍᴀsᴏʀᴏ ᴀʟɪ ᴏᴠɪᴇ☤ (@OvieSheikh) July 27, 2020
Let forget that Obasanjo’s name was omitted deliberately but the most amusing station is the one that bears Aremo’s name ;Olodo station. pic.twitter.com/iiquNwH3vK
— MaziOlisa (@nee_dles) July 27, 2020