Bashir Ahmad, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, has come under attacks on social media for describing the second Niger Bridge as his principal’s “gift” to Nigerians.

The project, which was initiated by the former President Goodluck Jonathan, has been sustained by the Buhari-led government.

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power and housing, had in 2016 cited the significance of the project as the reason why the federal executive council (FEC) approved continuation of work on the bridge.

“The bridge is meant to give relief to the existing Niger Bridge and improve connectivity between the west and the east,” the minister had said.

But in a post on his Twitter handle, Ahmad said Nigerians would remember the Buhari’s government for the “gift” of the project — when it is finally completed — for years to come.

“When the Second Niger Bridge is completed, it will be a gift that will keep the President @MBuhari’s administration in the minds of millions Nigerians for a very long time. #PMBAtWork,” he wrote on Sunday.

His comment has, however, generated controversies on social media, particularly on Twitter, where a number of Nigerians have poured out their annoyance.

“Second Niger Bridge will be a gift to Nigerians”.-Bashir Ahmad Buhari used his personal money to build the bridge for Nigerians. What a leader! We are grateful for his philanthropic leadership,” a Twitter user wrote.

“Very kind of him to use his personal money to build Nigerians a bridge. We appreciate,” said another user.

Here’s what some Nigerians had to say:



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