‘You don’t know him o’ - Nigerians express concern over Calvin Bassey’s ‘honourable’ meet with President Tinubu

Nigerians Express Concern over Calvin Bassey's Meet with President Tinubu | Credits: X

‘You don’t know him o’ - Nigerians express concern over Calvin Bassey’s ‘honourable’ meet with President Tinubu

David Ben 23:09 - 16.02.2024

Calvin Bassey was among the Super Eagles stars that was honoured by President Tinubu with Member of the Order of Niger (MON).

Super Eagles of Nigeria defender Calvin Bassey recently found himself in the midst of controversy after posting a photo of himself alongside President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Bassey and several other Super Eagles players were gifted plots of lands and honoured with Member of the Order of Niger (MON) by the president this week, having won a Silver medal at the just-concluded AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast.

The image, shared on X, depicted Bassey and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria together, with the Fulham defender expressing gratitude for the opportunity to meet Nigeria's head of state.

Calvin Bassey
Calvin Bassey and President Tinubu | Credit:X/Calvin Bassey

However, what seemed like a moment of pride for Bassey quickly turned into a social media storm, with Nigerians expressing mixed reactions to his caption.

You don’t know him - Calvin Bassey receives sparks reactions after meeting President Tinubu

Calvin Bassey
Calvin Bassey was impressive at the back for the Super Eagles in Cote d'Ivoire. || Imago

Bassey's caption, "An honour to meet the Nigerian President," sparked a wave of criticism from fans and followers.

Some fans on X questioned Bassey's understanding of Nigerian politics and cautioned him against associating too closely with the President over his reputation.

President Tinubu
President of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu was blamed by some supporters for Super Eagles AFCON 2023 Final loss. (Photo Credit: Imago)

One user commented: “Congratulations my guy..but you don’t know him.”

Before another user wrote: “There's nothing Honourable about meeting this man Calvin”

A third comment read: “Honour Ke , just take that as normal protocol to fullfil joor.”

Another user wrote: “Are you new here? Nothing honourable there oo.”

Despite the backlash, Bassey's on-field performances for the Super Eagles of Nigeria during the AFCON 2023 tournament earned him praise and recognition. 

Calvin Bassey
Super Eagles defender, Calvin Bassey. (Photo Credit: Super Eagles/FB)

Alongside his Super Eagles teammates, Bassey played a pivotal role in the team's journey to the tournament finals in Ivory Coast, showcasing his talent and commitment to representing his country on the international stage.

The 24-year-old defender is expected to return for the Hammers in the Premier League on Saturday, February 17, when they play hosts to Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.

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