Social Media Trends for Tuesday 15th September 2020
Fear and anxiety have greeted the alleged attack on a train on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line by armed robbers.
While the report was not confirmed, photos of the attack which showed shattered windows of a train circulated on social media, with some Nigerians calling on government to ensure the protection and safety of rail infrastructure in the country.
Suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, trended after the chairman of the presidential panel, Justice Ayo Salami reportedly ordered security operatives to walk out two lawyers on Magu’s legal team shortly after they were introduced.
Channels Television had reported that trouble began after Mr. Magu’s lead counsel, Wahab Shittu introduced other members of the legal team but Justice Salami interrupted him, insisting that only Mr. Shittu would be allowed to defend the suspended EFCC chief.
Reacting to the development, a cross section of Nigerians emphasized on due process while ensuring that justice is done in the case. Others, however, mocked Magu, saying he got his comeuppance.
The hashtag trended on social media as many continue to press for the reopening of schools by the Federal Government.
Using various hilarious comments, they said the long closure of schools has brought undesirable predicaments upon students, such as rape, pregnancy, armed robbery and even untimely death.
Many have expressed their wishes of success for those taking the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) professional examination which commenced today.
The examination was scheduled to take place early this year, but got delayed following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The excitement demonstrated by Nigerians on social media over the commencement of the examination, went further to show the reverence people have for ICAN as a professional body in Nigeria.
Nigerians received with mixed feelings the announcement of a visa ban placed on some politicians by the United States Government, for their roles in undermining the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa Governoship Elections and the 2020 Edo and Ondo Governorship Polls.
While some slammed the US for always interfering in Nigeria's domestic affairs, others however lauded US Government for supporting and consolidating democracy in the country, explaining that the ban would serve as deterrence and bring some form of sanity in the upcoming Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections.
Emir of Biu
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn the demise of the Emir of Biu, HRH Umar Mustapha Aliyu, who passed away on Monday night in Biu, Borno State, at the age of 80. He was said to have died of an undisclosed illness.
Describing his death as a great loss to Borno State in particular and Nigeria in general, some said that the late Emir of Biu was a hero and a strong advocate of national unity. They also prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul.
A cross section of Nigerians on social media have expressed the believe that the refusal by former APC National Chairman, John Oyegun to endorse Edo state APC Governoship Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would in no way affect his chances of winning the September 19 poll.
This came as Oyegun reportedly refused to endorse Ize-Iyamu's candidacy in the forthcoming election, insisting that Edo people should vote a candidate who can deliver.
Those who reacted also recalled that Oyegun had refused to support Obaseki then in 2016, and yet he went ahead to win the election under the APC.
Oba of Benin
The social media space was literally set on fire after some persons alleged that Tinubu and Ganduje were plotting to desecrate the Oba of Benin's throne by removing him in the most disgraceful manner.
Many people who reacted to the allegation, said that it was impossible for anyone to remove the Benin monarch. Others, however, affirmed that political leaders are constitutionally empowered to dethrone any traditional head who acts outside the confines of the constitution.
Those who peddled the allegations, however, could not put forward any cogent reason why Tinubu and Ganduje were plotting to dethrone the Oba.
The call for the scrapping of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force, has again been re-echoed as reports on social media blamed its operatives for causing the death of three people in a road accident, after they were being chased in Osogbo.
Photos from the accident scene went viral on Twitter, with many expressing rage over the unfortunate incident.
A couple of others who also reacted, said that scrapping SARS was no guarantee for ending extrajudicial killings among security agencies, as they suggested a systematic overhaul and continuous reorientation programme for security personnel in the country.