Moghalu under attack for publicising distribution of biscuits to children

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Kingsley Moghalu, former presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), has come under attack on Twitter for sharing pictures where he appeared to be distributing biscuits and fruit juice packs to children in his hometown in Anambra state.

Moghalu, on Saturday, took to his Twitter handle to share pictures of himself distributing “Christmas goodies” to children sitting under a tree.

“Handing out Christmas goodies to little kids in my village in Nnewi on Christmas Day,” he captioned the pictures.

Handing out Christmas goodies to little kids in my village in Nnewi on Christmas Day…. pic.twitter.com/BWLMaRozJi

— Kingsley Moghalu (@MoghaluKingsley) December 26, 2020

The pictures sparked harsh reactions, as some Twitter users criticised the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for publicising the gesture, which some of them described as little to deserve publicity.

A Twitter user, @OnyeChiMereEze, tweeted: “The Igbo people that I know, do not do things the ‘feudal way’ — give alms, show it to the world. The real Igbo men and women have been spilling their blood since 1945 to ensure that we have a nation of our own, where feudalism and sharing of money will be a thing of the past.”

Responding to @OnyeChiMereEze, Moghalu wrote: “Osondi Owendi. This happens to be my timeline and it’s for my personal activities and personal views. Reserve your criticisms for elected or appointed government officials. I wish some of us would spend more of their time holding the people they elected accountable. Thank you.”

Some of his critics argued that the parents of the children can afford the items given by Moghalu, and that sharing such on social media is insensitive.

Here are some comments:

The Igbo people that I know, do not do things the ‘feudal way’ – give alms, show it to the world. The real igbo men and women have been spilling their blood since 1945 to ensure that we have a nation of our own, where feudalism and sharing of money will be a thing of the past.

— OnyeChiMereEze (@OnyeChiMereEze1) December 26, 2020

Osondi Owendi. This happens to be my timeline and it’s for my personal activities and personal views. Reserve your criticisms for elected or appointed government officials. I wish some of us would spend more of their time holding the people they elected accountable. Thank you.

— Kingsley Moghalu (@MoghaluKingsley) December 26, 2020

Kingsley, you can do better than this. If sharing of cookies is what you gathered these innocent kids for….I must say it’s wicked of you. That you posted it shows that you lack dignity. Alot of people with less what you have do better than this without making noise.

It’s sad!

— Tenderbiggie Baby Face Assasin (Eru O B’odo) (@BayoAdedosu) December 26, 2020

The camera is not even a problem.

But to gather little kids and share what their struggling parents can buy for them at ease is PURE EVIL..

I can’t even imagine myself taking a photoshoot for sharing candies to little kids.

— AYANLOLA ABDULJELIL (@owolabitaiwo) December 26, 2020

And for kids, please blur their faces if you must snap. None of them gave informed consent to have their pictures all over social media

Intention might be good but motive matters a lot pic.twitter.com/sh86vPEA5e

— Blessed Beyond Measure (BBM) (@Drmuzoic) December 26, 2020

You even stood like you were presenting them an award. You just loss a potential voter. I thought you were different but you just reminded of Desmond eddiot and Akin Alabi.

— emmanuel chiori (@colekalu) December 26, 2020

Hmm
You shared milk power biscuit ,then you stood and took picture for social media!!!
Smh

— Yesin .E.Oritsegbemi (@Thundervilla) December 26, 2020

Sir, I must say that this reeks of poverty-porn. It’s not fair to splash their pictures on the internet like this for accolades and likes. You could have done this without posting the pictures. It’s wrong and unfair too.

— Where is Chijioke? (@Ada_mummyya) December 26, 2020

Sir inasmuch as I love your doggedness and resoluteness in matters affecting the lives of the people, in this very act sir I disagree. You can do more better than that judging by your ideologies. Fish giving isn’t the best way rather impacting the knowledge of fishing.

— Kenneth Emmanuel Ike (@Kennyx32) December 26, 2020

 

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