Deep Dive: Who is Shola and why are Nigerians demanding #FreeShola?


Over time, social media has become a tool for many to air their views on social injustices as more and more people harp on the need for justice in cases where people’s rights have been trampled upon.

The above is yet again, evident in a fresh Twitter trend where Nigerians are calling for the release of  social media influencer, Babatunde Olushola, who was detained over a post he made joking about the government with his account.

From reports, we gathered that Olushola had compared the Buhari-led administration with the previous administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. However, there are other circumstances that suggests the reason for the Force Crime Investigation Department (FCID) to picki him up.

While it appears that there hasn’t been any official statement on the issue, many Nigerians are insinuating that Shola was arrested and is being detained for impersonation noting that he has been running a Goodluck Jonathan parody account where he made jokes to entertain his followers.

Calling for his freedom, many Nigerians absolved him of any wrongdoing, stressing that whatever content he shared with his audience was purely for entertainment. Some added that he specifically pointed out in his bio that he is not the former president.

Following his arrest and detention, his Twitter account has also been suspended.

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