Former Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, has sparked an uproar on Twitter over his tweet rating favour over labour and some social media users are finding it hard to understand the fussy over the tweet.
Nigeria Twitter community has been buzzing since Tuesday over the footballer’s post.
Ighalo had taken to Twitter on Tuesday to post a photo of himself as he sits in his living room with the caption:
“Favour is better than labour”
While some agreed with the comment, others took exception and trolled him over the caption.
A Twitter user took to the comment section of the post and wrote:
Thats why he won’t ever be better than he is. Ronaldo, Messi and the rest believe in labor. That’s why they work hard…they labor hard to get all the accolades and global recognition they get
— Deezer234 #SapereAude (@deezer234) 26 November 2019
Ighalo responded and said:
“Sorry sir, all of use can be Ronaldo and messi . Different life and destiny.”
Another user who also disagreed with Ighalo’s post wrote:
Of course this is pure, unadulterated nonsense. He made his living through labour, literal perspiration, and he’s now misleading you with nonsense. Two hands at work will get more done than two clasped in prayer, in his case two feet at work
— Dean Gower (@deangower) 26 November 2019
Other social media users soon launched an online attack against Ighalo as they disagreed with his opinion.
A Twitter user wrote:
Even the Bible doesn’t teach this! “Seesth though a man diligent in his business, he will stand before kings, he will not stand before mere men” https://t.co/j5bEpXgoJ7
— Wisdomdove (@pwizzydove) November 26, 2019
Probably not satisfied with the negative reactions that trailed his tweet, after a busy day explaining the motive for his caption, the footballer shared another tweet with a caption that conforms with the argument of his critics.
“Labour is better than favour are we ok now?”
“Some people don insult me tire so I have to balance it so every one can be happy lol.”
Former Director of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Joe Abah while reacting to the uproar generated by the tweet wondered why the footballer was being attacked by trolls.
Even to believe in God’s blessings, in HIS OWN LIFE o, not in theirs o, they will not let Ighalo. If you check very well, it’s the same handles: political fanatics that don’t believe in God & derive pleasure from trying to bully others. Sad souls without any joy in their lives!
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) November 27, 2019
Also reacting, sports journalist Biola Kazeem wrote:
If you are involved in sports at high level or close quarters,you’d be reminded frequently of the role of good fortune in man’s success. Even in Europe, “favour,” plays a HUGE role talk more of an opportunity desert like Nigeria. Ighalo knows. Not every time, outrage. Learn too.
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) November 27, 2019
See other reactions:
A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE, whose entire career was built on physical fitness and practicing skills o. It is well. https://t.co/lTl3UgS5M5
— Andy Obuoforibo (@andyRoidO) November 26, 2019
Ighalo went from the streets of Ajegunle to play for Big Clubs in Europe, there were people more talented who laboured harder but did not make it that far. He definitely understands that takes more than Labour but how dare he attribute his success to Favor on Twitter.
— King Nonny 👑 (@Zaddy_nomso) November 27, 2019
Odion Ighalo still don’t understand how TwitterNG works, we get angry over anything and everything here.
Tweet your mind, Drink water and sleep, Don’t explain to anybody, you don’t owe anyone explanation.
Cos the more you explain, the more TwitterNG will drag you.
— Dat Osas Cruz (@theOsasCruz) November 27, 2019
Ighalo said favour is better than labour and lots are fuming. Lmao.
Labour is equal to working hard and labour is also having difficulty despite working hard. If you’re not ok with Ighalo’s tweet, it’s ok.
— ᴍᴀᴅᴇ ɪɴ ʙᴇɴɪɴ (@Sobsoil) November 27, 2019
You think say If No be God’s Favor, you for hear Ighalo name?
Do you know the number of players that didn’t make it to his level that are/were way way better than him?
Ighalo sef sabii play ball like that?
Nah Favor oh!
— TravelPro👨🏫/OgaHANS/ (@OgaHans) November 27, 2019
Day 2 and people are still arguing about Ighalo’s caption. I still don’t get people that couldn’t understand it. Turned a simple thing to quarrel. I carry hand for una for this Twitter.
— Sally Suleiman (@is_salsu) November 27, 2019
If you go through what happens on NG twitter space,you’d understand that a lot of Nigerians are depressed, and look for every opportunity to lash out on the next man for having an opinion.
Ighalo tweeted his reality but NG twitter said he must never mention favour. Una go dey OK
— Ogbuefi Okafor🇳🇬 (@MistaChika) November 27, 2019
Twitter can be so funny. Ighalo is here recognising the power of God, or luck or favour or the universe or whatever positive mantra he believes in over talent.
Valid but crabs came to drag him.
You’ve not seen people that don’t make anything of themselves inspite of heavy talent?
— Bolouere (@boluxxxx) November 27, 2019
Ighalo hinged his success on the Favor of God upon his life . Overly educated twitter roughed him up saying “it’s hardwork not Favor” Ighalo is from South South , they live for football but just 1 out of 1000 get the chance . It’s Favor & grace that makes hardwork recognisable .
— Volqx (@volqx) November 27, 2019
Ighalo knew what he was talking about. Do you know how many talented footballers in Ajegunle alone that never made it out Ajegunle?
— MistEmeka (@Em3kaE) November 27, 2019