Zahra Indimi, the daughter of Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari, has cried out over incessant attacks by most Nigerians on social media due to her father’s act of leadership.
Lamenting about this, Zahra said; “I pray for those who bully me online because I’ve learnt to move on with life.”
She made this statement at the first edition of “An Afternoon with Zahra”. The event, which cost N10,000 per person, attracted several young persons. Narrating her story she said, “2015 was when I knew what bullying was. It started with my photos going viral. I was actually having a yoga class and I was sweating, but people were busy sending my pictures up and down. People used it for their gain during the campaign, but the issue changed the way people looked at my dad because they didn’t know that we were educated, we could speak English, and we could dress.”
“So it changed a few things for good. It showed another light. People then understood that in the Northern part of Nigeria, not everyone is illiterate.”
Recall that, the 2015 elections went well. After 100 days, then the blow started coming. ‘Zahra your father did this; Zahra your father did that, but seriously, am I in office with him? Do I take any vital decision? Did you understand why some decisions are being taken? When I post my picture, it is my picture. It is not your child’s picture. I kept wondering why people do this to me constantly.” She asked victims of cyber bullying not to be intimidated by hateful persons, adding that many unfavourable comments were made out of envy.
“I know we have people who are victims here. So to be honest, if you are a victim you need to feel sorry for those people; they want to be where you are and they are not there. So they will try to pull you down. Would you let them pull you down? No. You need to know that you have the values that someone also wants.” She added.