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Social media trends for Friday 28th May, 2021

By Phil Obin

Social media trends for Friday 28th May, 2021, has Benue State under attack leading the trend with 200,000 reactions

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Many have taken to social media to decry the incessant killings in Benue and Southern Kaduna.

Although claims of these killings could not be verified, a cross-section of Nigerians have therefore called on the Federal Government to act now.

They say if the situation is not effectively managed, it could be a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode.

However, a couple of others took a swipe at the Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, over what they described as the inability to put together a formidable vigilante to defend Benue people against attacks.

The trends collectively gathered about 200,000 reactions.

Next on social media trends was the arguments on Sharia with 35,000 reactions

Sharia

There was a heated argument on social media over whether to introduce Sharia in the Southwest to cater for Muslims in that region.

Shehu Shagari’s grandson, Bello Shagari ignited the debate after he tweeted via @Belshagy: “Why do you want to deprive people of what they require and doesn’t concern you in the name of secularism?”

Many Southwesterners flooded the trend with strong reactions against any attempt to introduce Sharia law into the region.

According to them, Sharia holds no good for the society, and that it only applies to the poor, as with the case in some northern States.

The trend got some 35,000 hits.

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N-Power

N-Power was up on the trend after the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said that the Federal Government has cleared up the backlog of payment to beneficiaries of batches A and B of the programme.

The Minister equally stated that one million beneficiaries will come onboard.

As expected, some beneficiaries of the scheme have complained that they are yet to receive their payment, while those who applied for batch C expressed hope they would be carried along in batch C.

The last on the topics we monitored on Social media trends for Friday 28th May, 2021, was NNPC

NNPC

The proposal by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to buy 20 percent equity in Dangote Refinery has generated mixed reactions from a cross-section of Nigerians on social media.

While some opined that the move was to check monopoly and arbitrary fixing of fuel price by the private refinery, others kicked against it, saying a Government agency like the NNPC has no business in buying equity in a private company.

Some of the reactions are captured below:

@RealOlaudah: “What business does NNPC have with Dangote refinery to request for 20% equity therefrom? Don’t they have 3 refineries that they’ve woefully, serially, and successfully failed at maintenance? Is the refinery being built with state funds? I smell something here.”

@olayemi_123: “NNPC having failed to keep 4 refineries functional wants to buy shares in Dangote’s new refinery. Why would a govt agency acquire a stake in a purely private business entity?

“The role of govt should remain an enabler & facilitator of business by the organized private sector.”

@Audu2014: “I believe the essence should be for the benefit of all Nigerians.”

@Ugboaja6: “Government cannot stand and watch such monopoly. Not in a commodity like petroleum product and in a country where refineries are not functional. The Port Harcourt refinery will be functional before the end of next year. Both refineries will be commissioned almost at the same time.”

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