A Daily Trust newspaper cartoonist, Mustapha Bulama, has reacted to the criticism of his artwork on Hanan Buhari’s wedding got from the presidency, saying he’s happy people in authority take cartoonists serious.
Bulama had shared a cartoon in which President Buhari’s wife, Aisha was seen flaunting pictures from Hanan’s wedding while downtrodden Nigerians struggled to escape drowning. The cartoon was captioned “At least you can enjoy the pictures.”
In a swift reaction to the cartoon, Aisha Buhari’s spokesperson Aliyi Abdullahi described it as “unfair because Hanan wedding was “low-key”.
In a chat with BBC, Bulama affirmed that he meant no harm. He expressed surprise with the reaction the cartoon got and also appealed to persons in power to help the poor masses.
“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.”