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Social media trends for Friday, May 14, 2021

By Phil Obin

Saturday May 15, 2021

 

Akpabio

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, was on the trend today after he was reported to have denied a report linking him to a human organ trafficking syndicate, and threatened to sue the journalist who did the report, David Hundeyin.

The former Akwa-Ibom governor and his wife also demanded a public apology and a retraction of Mr Hundeyin’s comments on social media.

The news has however generated series of reactions on the Nigerian social media space.

Some of those who reacted said the legal action contemplated by Senator Akpabio was unnecessary because his name was not mentioned in the report.

But others said mentioning Akpabio’s wife was already a smear on the Minister’s personality.

The trend got over 5,000 reactions.

ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has reportedly declared Gimba Yau Kumo, son-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, wanted over an alleged $65 million fraud.

In a notice published on Thursday, Azuka Ogugua, spokesperson of the anti-graft commission, said Kumo has been declared wanted alongside Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola over alleged misappropriation and dispersion of national housing funds.

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As expected, a cross-section of Nigerians on social media were handy to express their views on the issue.

While some said it is a slap on the Buhari administration’s posture against corruption, others however see it as an opportunity for the President to demonstrate his aversion for corruption, by allowing the law take its course, irrespective of the fact that a member of his extended family is involved.

A couple of others also said that for Gimba Yau Kumo to be declared wanted, it goes a long way to prove that President Buhari is interested in justice, because according to them, if he had wanted to interfere in the issue, ICPC would not have gone public to an extent of declaring him wanted.

The trend generated about 3,000 tweets.

Lawan

Nigerians have criticized Senate President, Ahmad Lawan for warning against regionalism.

He was said to have given the warning two days after governors from the south met in Asaba, Delta State, where they decided, among other things, to ban open grazing of cattle and called for restructuring of the country.

They said Lawan’s warning was the height of insensitivity to the issues affecting the country.

And that the governors’ positions reflect the true wishes of the people.

The trend amassed over 38,000 engagements.

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