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Social media trends for Wednesday 2nd June, 2021

By Phil Obin

Social media trends for Wednesday 2nd June, 2021, had the following hashtags in the lead, Buhari, Nnamdi Kanu, Southeast, IPOB, ESN, Boko Haram, Kingsley Moghalu, Genocide, No Nigerian, AK-7

 

Buhari, Nnamdi Kanu, Southeast, IPOB, ESN, Boko Haram, Kingsley Moghalu, Genocide, No Nigerian, AK-7

Almost all the trends on social media today are woven around a tweet President Buhari made on Tuesday in which he said “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigeria Civil War.

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”

The tweet sparked reactions from many Nigerians who expressed displeasure and cited the President’s reference to the civil war as a threat to commit human rights violations in the Southeast.

Those who reacted said Buhari’s choice of word was not appropriate, because according to them, the President has not threatened Boko Haram terrorists, kidnappers, bandits and herdsmen in the northern part of the country in such a strong term.

They added that the president should have assured Nigerians that his government will continue to work to ensure the safety of lives and property.

However, some have said that the president statement was misunderstood, and that he did not threaten law abiding citizens.

They explained that President Buhari’s tweet was directed at criminals who are fomenting trouble across the country, not just the southeast, as erroneously believed.

They also recalled that the same people criticizing Buhari were the ones who applauded him when he ordered the armed forces to shoot at sight anyone, especially in the north, bearing AK-47.

APC and PDP

The call by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for Nigerians to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections has been received with mixed feelings.

Wike made the call yesterday at Abara community in Etche local government area of the state, while speaking at the flag-off of the Etche campus of the Rivers State University.

But many who reacted countered the Governor’s call by saying that both APC and PDP are made up of the same crop of politicians.

They say what would really count in 2023 is not political party but the personality of the candidates.

About 6,000 reactions followed the trend.

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Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and other southeast governors were trolled on Twitter over their stoic silence on what is happening in their states.

They criticized Ikpeazu and governors in the south east for their inability to take decisive action in addressing the situation in the region.

This is as they opined that it’s hard to exonerate the governors from the insecurity and anarchy that is gradually enveloping the their states.

The trend generated about 14,000 tweets.

Read also Social Media Trends for Sunday 30th May 2021

Senate

The Senate has passed a bill seeking to prohibit discrimination between the university degree and the Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate holders in the country.

According to the Senate, the bill will free the holders of HND from stagnation and ensure balanced treatment with their counterparts from other higher tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The upper chamber added that the abolishment of the existing dichotomy between HND holders and graduates of Universities would meet the huge manpower needs of Nigerians, ensure social justice and enhanced corporate governance, as well encourage patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in both public and private sectors.

Below are some of the reactions that greeted the news:

@Mattaries: “Waste of time, even the Senate cannot measure themselves equally with different certificates. Upgrade the polytechnic before matching it with Bsc.”

@nazmattaz: “Exactly the discrimination we’re talking about. When you say “upgrade the polytechnic” it means you already have it at the back of your mind that Polytechnic is inferior. Pls what is there to upgrade?”

@Timi_Of_PH: “How does this reduce or stop the daily kidnapping and killing of Nigerians.”

@Nwogucc: “Is this bill what the country desires in the present circumstance?. Let them keep pursuing shadow instead of substance. I wonder.”

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