Social media trends for Wednesday 26th May, 2021

Phil Obin

Social media trends for Wednesday had Garba Shehu leading with 14,000 comments.

Garba Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, was today criticized for saying that President Muhammadu Buhari didn’t attend the burial of late Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru because of traffic.

Those who criticized him wondered if it was President Buhari that told him that.

The trend generated over 14,000 comments.

Next on Social media trends was

Niger Republic

Niger Republic trended after IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu alleged that the current Nigerian government spent $2billion for a refinery, $1.96billion for railway, and $81million for 2 roads to Niger Republic.

Although the trend was spiced up with some elements of mischief, many didn’t take it serious, especially that it was coming from Nnamdi Kanu, a known critic of the Buhari administration.

It generated about 13,000 reactions.

CBN Governor, Emefiele

The disclosure by the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, that Nigeria will receive 6 fighter jets from the United States in August, has got many people talking on social media.

They mockingly said that Emefiele had switched portfolios from CBN Governor to Chief of Army Staff, and that he’s now buying jets for the Nigerian military.


Some, however, opined that the development is indicative of a fundamental gap in the system, and that it needs to be bridged.

Over 8,000 tweets followed the trend.

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Finally on social media trends is Ibori, Delta

Ibori, Delta

There seems to be a discordant tune over the recovered Ibori loot as the topic became a trend on Twitter.

The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, was reported to have claimed on Monday that the £4.2million returned to Nigeria by the British Government had been given to the Delta State government.

But Delta State Governor on Wednesday said that he has not received the £4.2million recovered from former governor James Ibori.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, had earlier stated that Delta would not benefit from the recovered loot, because the state was not captured in the agreements signed with the British Government, which was a precondition for the release of the money.

According to him, the recovered loot will be used to execute other projects.

However, Nigerians are now asking for clarification on the whereabouts of the recovered loot, since no one is claiming to be in possession of it.

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