The Viral Text Message About An Elderly Woman & President Buhari



“Wata tsohuwa taji matsin rayuwa, kuma sai taji ance bom ya tashi acan da can, ga wahalar mai, Abinci ya na neman gagarar talaka, malamai na kukan ba albashi, don haka yaran ma sai dai suje makaranta suyi wa sa su dawo. Sai ta kirawo babban danta (Auwalu) tace, nasan baza kamin karya ba, Auwalu ka fadamin tsakaninka da Allah, Wai Jonathan ya ba Buhari mulkinna kuwa?”

According to Olusegun Adeniyi in an article published on This Day, the above message in Hausa has been  going round among members of the Northern elite in the last one week, the message was said to have originated from Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Below is the interpretation of the message:

An elderly woman was feeling the challenges of life. She hears that bombs have been going off here and there, fuel queues have returned, food items are becoming expensive and teachers are owed their salaries. She summoned her first son, Auwalu, and said “I know you would not lie to me, Auwalu, so answer me truthfully. Has Jonathan handed over the government to Buhari, or is he still holding on to it?”

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It has not be ascertained whether the story  is true or it is made up, but the message has been largely interpreted to mean that people are yet to see the change they voted for and that things are still pretty much the same  six months into President Buhari’s administration.

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