1 June 2019
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the publicity-hungry Chair of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, tweeted this morning:
Joshua, the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion, puts his titles on the line at Madison Square Garden in New York in the early hours of tomorrow morning. He was born in Watford, England of Nigerian parents and some Nigerians have been trying to claim him ever since.
Many Nigerians, at home and abroad, are also unsure what Dabiri-Erewa’s role is. She used to be the “Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora” before her current appointment early last month. Despite the uncertainty about what her job entails, there was no lack of certainty in the razor-sharp retorts she got for her tweet.
Another response was short, sharp and sweet.
This Tweeter didn’t get the memo that Dabiri-Erewa wasn’t sure what her work is.
Another tried to ask the question preying on many Nigerian minds.
This guy wasn’t buying the Joshua is Naija story.
Another agreed he is not “our own”.
There were a few reminders to Dabiri-Erewa of how her government functions, with a few punches below the belt.
Her fake appeal to patriotism was shoved back in her face.
In case of any doubts about the relevance of Dabiri-Erewa’s tweet, this person made it absolutely clear.
A user called Radical Hope summed up the hopeless situation for most Nigerians with some carefully planted jabs.