Adesua Etomi, a Nigerian actress, has slammed Lauretta Onochie, special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, over the latter’s recent post on COVID-19.
The presidential aide had taken to her Twitter page on Monday to share a photo of poorly dressed children wearing facemasks made of cardboard.
In a post accompanying the photo, she had stressed the need for a collective effort in tackling the spread of the novel disease, while commending those who inspired the facemasks donated to the kids.
“Wearing a mask is not a political statement. Its not punishment by government, protect yourself. Wear one. These have made efforts with masking where those of us who are more vulnerable & susceptible to COVID-19 are still swearing that it’s a scam. God bless their efforts,” she had written.
Commenting on the post on Tuesday, Etomi described Onochie as “a disgrace both home and abroad.”
The movie star said rather than addressing the poor condition of the kids, the presidential aide was “spewing nonsense.”
“You are a disgrace. Both home & abroad. You should be ashamed that these children have to do this with cardboards. Instead of talking about how to tackle poverty so they can be protected adequately against the virus, you’re spewing this nonsense,” she wrote on Twitter.
You are a disgrace. Both home & abroad. You should be ashamed that these children have to do this with cardboards. Instead of talking about how to tackle poverty so they can be protected adequately against the virus, you're spewing this nonsense. 😡😡😡 https://t.co/JV04N0LUfm
— Adesua Etomi-Wellington (@AdesuaEtomiW) November 24, 2020
“This picture made me so angry and brought tears to my eyes. They are so small, so vulnerable and so unprotected. Arghhhhhh. This country.”
Some Nigerians also took to the microblogging platform to pour out their annoyance at Onochie.
She has always been a huge disgrace and disappointment!! https://t.co/owh9UO1Mge
— Giving is Living! (@officialSugay77) November 24, 2020
I second that she is a total disgrace and a big embarrassment to her generation for spewing this arrant talk. https://t.co/jNBlUlsfez
— King Roy (@iam_Cotz) November 24, 2020
big disgrace,where are the parents of these kids even??
old woman without brain. https://t.co/q8hTJENNJ7Advertisement
— Seven. (@Theyenvysharon) November 24, 2020
With all due respect, this photo ops is despicable and it beams a light into your soul and being. Pathetic. https://t.co/GpRc078pbB
— El_Phil#EndSARS (@El_phil1) November 24, 2020
Does this woman actually think before she tweet? This is unimaginable, that a woman who should know better is calling this an innovation. It's It's pointer to the fact that you all have failed the country and those kids. https://t.co/pnNp6jXiXl
— Ayodeji Akingunloye (@ayodejioladunni) November 24, 2020
Buhari purposely chose Bashir Ahmad (Hausa), Laureta Onochie (Igbo) and Femi Adeshina (Yoruba) to be spitting trash on his behalf so that when one spits rubbish, you all won’t be able to attack his region since there’s another idiot representing your own region. Damn
— Lola Okunrin (@lollypeezle) November 24, 2020
"You (Lauretha Onochie) are a disgrace, home and abroad."~ Adesua Etomi
— Oziọmã. S. Kánụ (@88ideass) November 24, 2020
The development comes about one month after Onochie and Wizkid, an award-winning singer, engaged in a heated exchange on social media amid the #EndSARS protests.
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