James Ibori, former governor of Delta state who just finished serving a jail term in the UK for fraud, has wasted no time in joining the social media – 24 hours after he returned to the country.
When he left Nigeria unceremoniously in 2010, Twitter had not become a social media monster in the country – and Facebook was more of a teenage market place.
On Sunday morning, Ibori sent his first tweet from the handle @chiefibori: “Good Morning Nigerians.” The time strap suggests it was tweeted at about 8:08am.
The next tweet, probably at 9:32am, says: “I’m excited to reunite with my people. The strength of any politician lies in hands of his followers.” He embedded a video showing the rapturous welcome he received in his home town, Oghara, in Delta state, on Saturday evening. Shortly after, he followed it with his third tweet: “The energy yesterday was electrifying and intimidating. I’m grateful.”
We observed that as at 3:06pm, he already had 216 followers – while following nobody yet.
His profile reads: “Politician, Former Governor of Delta State (1999-2007), Dad, Philanthropist and Business man.”
Ibori must know what he signed up for – literally – by now, with many Twitter users trolling him instantly.
One wrote: “Delete your account”.
Another tweeted at him: “good morning, chief thief Ibori. How was the London prison term, sir?”
A word advice from another: “ur in the frigging wrong place man! Big mistake!”
It promises to be interesting, then.