The Chicken Republic fast-food brand on Saturday came under the spotlight following the reaction of Nigerians to its advert about Olisa Metuh, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson.
The ad which has been interpreted in many ways by readers and observers is believed by some as an attempt to ridicule Metuh and his political party. Divergent opinions however see it as a mark of creativity by Chicken Republic.
Below are some reactions from Nigerians on Twitter:
No big deal about the Chicken Republic ad. They are in business, either positively or negatively impacts on their bottom line.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) January 23, 2016
Just followed @ChickenRepublic , they are funny. I like funny. Obviously not for the literal or mirth intolerant. Who are their creatives?
— Funmi Iyanda (@Funmilola) January 23, 2016
.@ChickenRepublic for making the attached satire on Mazi of the #DiciplesofCorruption I owe your eatery a visit. pic.twitter.com/EIWs5szNJt
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) January 23, 2016
Stupidity is when you are more mad at Chicken Republic & U call a thief who tries to destroy an evidence a hero. Your suffering no be here
— Enyi-Ora1 (@lanreneville) January 23, 2016
Personally I think @PdpNigeria should be grateful to Chicken Republic 4 coming to the aid of their hungry spokesman pic.twitter.com/3tvy5lqCep
— D.O (@DOlusegun) January 23, 2016
What customer demographic will chicken republic lose over this? Doubt it amounts to .0001% of customer base. https://t.co/WGjhoLipup
— Mr. Aye Dee (@MrAyeDee) January 23, 2016
The agency handling Chicken Republic brand and publicity are doing more harm than good to the already dead eatery.
— Port Harcourt Tafia (@rhodymite_) January 23, 2016
Thank you @ChickenRepublic for helping Nigerians realize that your product intends to compete with Prison Food. Sadly, Prison food is better
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) January 23, 2016
We can see clearly dat @ChickenRepublic are clearly partisan. Perhaps, only @APCNigeria peeps should patronize them pic.twitter.com/KMtEoNQVbw
— AYOKUNLE Odekunle (@Oddy4real) January 23, 2016
What Chicken Republic did here, probably offensive to those it may concern, is sheer copy brilliance… pic.twitter.com/ti0XBSRsMU
— HENRY Okelue (@4eyedmonk) January 23, 2016
As a first step, I want to officially announce that I have discontinued my patronage of @ChickenRepublic for their gross irresponsibility.
— Ebube D Statesman (@akaebube) January 23, 2016
If Metuh happens to win his case in court. He should sue @ChickenRepublic for defamatory advert on his person.
— Ataga (@ExplorerAtaga) January 23, 2016
@ChickenRepublic I will visit your Ilupeju Head Office to formally register the displeasure of many PDP Online Supporters by Monday.
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) January 23, 2016
Without paying trendmasters a dime, Chicken Republic trends number one in Nigeria. What a day for the business!
— Jide Oyebanji (@banjidot) January 23, 2016
For the ones saying chicken Republic leans to the APC did you miss this ad???? Una go dey alright Las Las pic.twitter.com/zxG3O3yF2N
— Cinderella Man (@Osi_Suave) January 23, 2016
Mr. Metuh is standing trial after he was arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. According to the charges, the PDP spokesman transferred the sum of $1 million through his agent, Nneka Nicole Ararume, to one Sie Iyenome of Capital Field Investment, committing an offense contrary to Section One of the Money Laundering Act.
He is also accused of receiving the sum of 400 million Naira from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, without a contract contrary to the Money Laundering Act. Mr Metuh, is also accused of converting the said money to funds for political activities of the People’s Democratic Party. He has pleaded not guilty to all the accusations.
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