Reno Omokri, a former presidential media aide, has returned to Nigeria after staying away from the country for all of the eight years ex-President Muhammadu Buhari was in power.
Delta-born Omokri was one of the harshest critics of the former president and avoided returning to Nigeria while criticising the administration of the immediate past Nigerian leader.
In July 2020, he declared that corruption was an official policy of the Buhari administration.
“When you compare this administration with former President Jonathan’s government or Yaradua’s government, there was some corruption there; it’s a human government.
“But the difference between that government and this government is that under Jonathan, there was corruption; in this administration, corruption is official.”
The famed author has now returned to the country after a self-imposed exile in the United States of America.
Omokri, a pastor, has been sharing photos of himself and some notable personalities in Nigeria, including his ex-boss, former President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
While sharing his photo with Jonathan, he wrote:
“Earlier Today, I Received A Presidential Welcome To Nigeria.”
In another social media post, in which he attached a photo of him and Ribadu, Omokri wrote:
“I had a very fulfilling meeting with Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the National Security Adviser and, in my opinion, perhaps the most patriotic and decent politician in Nigeria that was born after independence.
“In my opinion, in terms of patriotism, he has no equal. I support everything Mallam Ribadu is doing for our country and pray for his success in his present assignment.”
Omokri has soft-pedalled on his criticisms of incumbent Nigerian president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, after the 2023 general elections.
The famous digital creator supported Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, during the elections.
Critics say he may have gotten a deal with the Tinubu-led administration to support them in exchange for him not being arrested in Nigeria.