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Social media trends for Thursday 20th May, 2021

By Phil Obin

Social media trends for Thursday had ISWAP, Shekau, Boko Haram leading with 100,000 reactions.

ISWAP, Shekau, Boko Haram

Reactions have continued to trail rumours about the killing of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau during an intense confrontation with a column of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in the Sambisa forest.

According to unverified reports, Shekau had surrendered and engaged in an hours-long meeting with the ISWAP fighters, where he was asked to voluntarily relinquish power. He refused and instead opted to blow himself up.

Reacting to the various trends on the topic, a cross-section of Nigerians expressed doubt over his death, saying Shekau had previously been rumoured dead at least four times only for him to resurface at each of these occasions.

Some have also opined that ISWAP’s advance into the traditional Boko Haram enclaves is likely to increase security risks on roads, and threats to garrison towns like Maiduguri and Konduga.

They said the dislodgement of Boko Haram could further create problems for the civilian population and security forces in the receiving locations, considering ISWAP’s different approach and increased capacities for warfare.

The trends accumulated over 100,000 reactions.

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Next on Social media trends for Thursday was;

Malami, Attorney General, Akeredolu

Some Nigerians, including Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, have disagreed with the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami for comparing the ban on open grazing with a ban on spare parts business.

They said it is illogical to link a ban on open grazing to the constitutional right to the free movement of persons, explaining that the latter does not extend to the free movement of cattle, goats, sheep, etc through farms with the attendant destruction of farm produce.

A couple of others also argued that Igbo traders selling spare parts in the North either rent or build their shops, and that, they don’t carry arms around and cause unrest.

They equally posited that since open grazing has proven unworkable, Malami should advise herdsmen to obtain lands to rear their cattle because farmers in the southern part of the country want peace and progress.

Reactions on these trends topped at about 70,000.

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Ben Ayade, Cross River, PDP to APC, Governors

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State trended after he made history as the first sitting governor to defect from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to an opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) since the beginning of civil rule in the state in 1999.

Cross River has been a predominantly PDP state with often fragile opposition parties fraught with incessant crises.

Many have read different meanings to the defection. While some tie it to the squabble in the state chapter of the party; whereby the National Assembly members from the state teamed up to hijack the party structure from Ayade, others say he was moving to the APC to escape prosecution after his tenure in 2023. According to them, the governor might have several skeletons in the cupboard.

Also reacting, the PDP through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, wished governor Ben Ayade well in his future endeavours.

Meanwhile, Governor Ayade has credited President Muhammadu Buhari for his decision to dump the opposition PDP for the APC.

He said the president has a nationalistic view and hence, the reason why he joined the APC.

He called on all governors to leave politics aside and do everything to commit themselves to the vision of the country.

The trend generated over 50,000 reactions.

Finally on our Social media trends report for Thursday is;

Abeokuta

At least two persons were killed when gas exploded within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday morning.

It was gathered that technicians were topping up gas into an air conditioner before it exploded.

The development has caused many to lament over the incessant incident which they said was troubling.

They disclosed that the latest incident would be the 4th of such gas explosion in Abeokuta in the last week, with at least 8 lives lost.

They, however, called on residents to be vigilant.

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