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Zahra Indimi, President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, has said that many people had a misconception about Northerners.
She was narrating how she was bullied before and after the 2015 general elections, “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 North not everybody is illiterate,” she said.
Zahra made the statement at the first edition of “An Afternoon with Zahra”, an event organised in Abuja by her foundation, ZMB Homes, tagged #ConversationWithZahra.
She also lamented that many Nigerians attack her on social media for decisions solely taken by her father.
The Interview quoted her as saying, “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.”
The event, which cost N10,000 per person, attracted several young persons
How I coped with cyberbully
Zahra Buahri-Idimi who spoke how she coped with cyberbully asked victims of cyberbullying 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.”
I support fair regulation of social media bill – Zahra
Meanwhile, Zahra has disclosed that she supports fair regulation of social media, “but we have to see and understand the content of the present social media regulation bill.”
“Whatever it is, you need to understand and know the implication of the bill. So that’s what we need to do as young people.
“We need to research more, understand what is going on instead of just making silly comments every now and then and blaming people for no reason. So I am in support of regulations, but fair regulations,” she said.
The National Assembly has been attacked by its decision to pass a bill which regulates social media in Nigeria.