Social Media Roundup: The rat is now the king of the zoo

by | Aug 25, 2017

After more than 100 days of treating an unrevealed illness/working remotely from London, the Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari, finally came back to Nigeria on the 19th of August. Amidst mixed reactions on social media, I found the most plausible explanation:

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According to Garba Shehu, the official spokesperson to the president, President Buhari will be working from home for the next three months because rats damaged his office furniture and air conditioning while he was away. At this point, I am convinced that Mr. President just wants to work like a millennial.

Unsurprisingly, this created reactions on social media.

Some believe this is a sign

While some don’t buy the story. Rats? Really?

Too much information

And Lessons to be learnt

https://twitter.com/dino_akin/status/900792110017908736

In other unrelated trending lies on social media this week, check this:

https://twitter.com/AshakaSaleh/status/809128952782606336

While rat and Nigeria trended globally on Twitter, here are some other interesting topics on social media in the past week.

Preach developer! Preach!

Have pastors and other men/women of God been posing as developers and speaking at tech meetups in Nigeria? Well, Prosper Otemuyiwa believes so and he proves this theory in a Twitter thread.

Read the thread.

The Police is your frenemy

According to a report recently released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Nigerian police is considered as the most corrupt institution by Nigerians. Shocker!

Abayomi Shogunle, the head of the customer service unit of the Nigerian Police Force took to Twitter to refute the reports. 

Someone decided to investigate NBS’s “bogus survey” on social media and this was the result:

This thread of people’s personal experiences with the Nigerian police drives the point home. The police is indeed your friend.

Higher education for all

This week the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) reduced the cut-off mark for university admission to 120 and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education. This attracted plenty grammar from unimpressed Nigerians.

And conspiracy theories

https://twitter.com/Rouvafe/status/900277301929275394

Then came the funny Tweets

https://twitter.com/ogbeni_opa/status/900268339678912517

Big brother is watching you…on social media

This week, the Nigerian army revealed plans to add social media to the many serious issues they need to tackle.

Did I hear someone say freedom of speech? Oh well.

And Nigerians reacted

And the government decided to confuse us

A “fake” handle sprung up after the announcement and the government decided to address the issue by throwing shades at “certain people”.

Check out what Nigerians have to say about the above tweet here. 

Titilola Oludimu
Titilola Oludimu

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