In the first of the weekly Google search by Nigerians, the electorate seems to be doing a check on the family history of President Muhammadu Buhari and questioning his rational for seeking re-election.
The search result, which was published yesterday on Google Trend, the first in the series ahead of the 2019 general election in Nigeria is based on a representative sample of Google searches.
In the first week, the Google Trend captured ten presidential candidates namely: Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buhari, Omoyele Sowore, Kingsley Moghalu, Fela Durotoye, Donald Duku, Chris Okotie, Usman Ibrahim, Aliyu Ibrahim and Ahmed Buhari.
For Muhammadu Buhari who is the sitting president, Nigerians seems not to know who he is although he has been in government for years thereby prompting questions such as: Who is Muhammadu and What is the name of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Father?
Another question that kept popping on the search is the actual age of the President and Nigerians are asking Google to provide for them the answer.
They are also eager to know what he has done for the country that is prompting him to seek re-election and there also seems to be confusion in the minds of Nigerians as to what year he was Minister of Petroleum.
For his close contender, Mr. Atiku Abubakar, the electorates want more details about who actually the man called the Turaki of Adamawa is. They want to know if actually he is a Fulani man and whether if the Prophet T B Joshua has said anything yet about his winning the election.
And just like Buhari his age is an issue as far as the electorates are concerned.
As for online journalist turned politician, Omoyele Sowore, it was who is the likely first lady should he win the election and there appears to be curiosity about the true identity of his running mate as well as the name of his party.
As far as most electorates are concerned, Kingsley Moghalu is a stranger to them. They want to know the state he is from in Nigeria. They want to know his running mate while details about his political career are not in the minds Nigerians.
Going by the remarks he has made so far about job creation, the electorates want to know how many firms he has in the country as well as how many years he has worked in the United Nations.
And there is a comparison going on in the minds of the electorates on the candidature of Fela Durotoye and Omoyele Sowore while details about Fela Durotoye person, the party he belongs, the state he is from are issue trending for him, what however is surprising is the question of where he has been staying after his marriage.
The search trend was however silent on Donald Duku, Chris Okotie, Usman Ibrahim, Aliyu Ibrahim and Ahmed Buhari.