DESPITE criticisms over his recent cartoon on the lavish wedding of Hanan, President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Mustapha Bulama, Daily Trust cartoonist, has insisted that he only did his work. He said the cartoon was designed to describe the current situations of Nigerians.
Reacting to the backlash that followed his work, Bulama said he meant no harm with the cartoon, thanking the Office of the First Lady for reacting to his work.
He said: “I mean no harm for the marriage of Hanan Buhari. I was only doing my work. In the cartoon, l was just trying to show the experience of Nigerians currently. This is the first time I will get reaction from such high place to my work. It shows that those in power actually see and listen to us. I hope we continue to inspire them to make life easier for the people,” he said.
The Daily Trust had on Sunday, September 6, published a cartoon depicting the lavish wedding of Hanan Buhari, at a time Nigerians are suffering as a result of the harsh economic policies of the government. The image by Daily Trust’s cartoonist, showed the First Lady saying, “At least you can enjoy the pictures” while Nigerians drown in the river.
Hanan, one of the daughters of President Buhari and Turad, the son of a former lawmaker, Mohammed Sha’aban, tied the knot at the Aso Rock Villa on Friday, September 4, after Juma’at Prayers. Aisha shared photos of the couple on her official Instagram page @aishambuhari. She also expressed gratitude to those who attended the event and well-wishers for their goodwill messages.
But, in her reaction to the cartoon, the First Lady said children of Nigerian leaders have the right to get married whether they were performing or not.
Also, Aliyu Abdullahi, spokesperson of the First Lady, in an interview with BBC Hausa, said the First Lady was not happy with how the cartoonist portrayed her in the cartoon image.
“The cartoonist did not put Mrs Buhari in the right perspective with his drawing. Her daughter’s wedding has nothing to do with the present hardship Nigerians are facing. And let me tell you that the first lady told all her aides not to make the wedding a big one because it was going to be a low key event.
“And again, the wedding pictures Aisha shared on her social media pages were pictures shot after the wedding parties. Also, the video that was going around the social media were videos that were shot in Zaria at the grooms’ residence, not at the presidency,” he said.
– Sept. 10, 2020 @ 12:45 GMT |