By Yemi Adebowale
President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari has been criticized by a section of the Nigerian online Muslim community for shaking hands with Mrs. Lara Adams Oshiomole.
Buhari was a guest at the wedding ceremony of Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole to Lara Fortes, a Cape Verde national, and former air hostess at Emirate Airlines when he shook hands with the bride. The incident has sparked off a controversy as some Nigerians have expressed their disappointment over the action, noting it was a violation of his religious beliefs.
Below are sets of tweets, which capture the angst against Buhari over what some say was intentionally a harmless gesture of courtesy.
We the Muslim community on Twitter condemn Buhari for shaking hands with a female. He knows that is haram and rejected.
— Hassan A. Ibrahim (@_HassanIbrahim) May 17, 2015
Talk about Buhari’s Hand shake is Haram. But you yourself need to know that kissing your girlfriends and boyfriends is Haram too.
— Nazir (@Naxeer_gwandou) May 17, 2015
As a Muslim its hypocritical to justify buhari’s handshake. You’ll be held responsible and you shall explain to Allah why u promoted it
— Hassan Sani (@Noble_Hassan) May 17, 2015