On Sunday, October 1, Nigeria celebrated her 57th year of independence. While we all agree that we still have a long way to go as a nation, Nigerians expressed their patriotism on social media.
Let's not get carried away
— KNOXPETE (@KNOXTAINMENT) October 2, 2017
We remember our fallen heros
The mediocre independence day cake
I've read a lot of posts about this independence cake but the truth is,the cake is a reflection of how this admin has governed us since 2015 pic.twitter.com/vypdvl2ATc
— CAPTAIN (@ThisIsPOU) October 3, 2017
Hundreds of exquisite bakers in Nigeria but this is what makes it to the top.
Pictorial evidence that we’re not fielding our best squad. pic.twitter.com/Ggi3B788bg
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) October 3, 2017
Naija 57th Independence Day cake is doing like this and like this...It’s bending and leaning like tower of Pisa. pic.twitter.com/JLwCG327gV
— Adetutu Balogun, MBA (@Tutsy22) October 3, 2017
While we continue to celebrate our great nation, some other interesting topics trended on social media this week. Here are a few of them.
NNPC's corruption scandal
This week, a letter written by Ibe Kachikwu -- Minister of State, Petroleum Resources -- to President Muhammadu Buhari was leaked on social media. In the letter, the Minister accused Mr. Maikanti Baru -- the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of insurbodination and corruption. He also stated that all his efforts to meet with the president had proved abortive. Read the letter here and Nigerians' reactions below.
Some threw shades at the president
This letter is too long for Buhari to read sha. Someone will just summarize it and say, "Kachikwu is only greeting you sir." https://t.co/GpDpjal54e
— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) October 3, 2017
So $26billion (Dollars) has suddenly gone missing in NNPC under Buhari’s watch?
Na wa oooo. This corruption fight.
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) October 4, 2017
$26 billion corruption exposed in NNPC. Who knows what's going on in NPA, NCC & NERC. You wont know PMB's corruption till he leaves power!
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) October 4, 2017
In the president's defence...
Insiders told me now that Abba Kyari had Kachikwu's letter locked inside his file Cabinet and never gave Buhari!
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) October 5, 2017
Some think Kachikwu should resign
If you're a minister and consistently try to see your principal without success. Resign. Minister no be by force.
— Tunde Leye (@tundeleye) October 3, 2017
Any man of integrity who have to write the kind of letter Kachikwu wrote to Buhari concerning Baru and NNPC, would have resigned!
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) October 4, 2017
If Kachikwu has any iota of self-esteem left in his fine suit, he should be handing over his resignation letter now. pic.twitter.com/LU9nc6zZ1T
— Nicholas 'The Brave' Ibekwe (@nicholasibekwe) October 3, 2017
We may soon hear about how Ibe Kachikwu sponsored IPOB & how Nnamdi Kanu is currently hiding in his poultry farm.
— Prof Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) October 3, 2017
It appears that Ibe Kachikwu has finally gotten the president's attention as they were reportedly in a closed-door meeting earlier today. We look forward to learning the result of their meeting.
Trouble in paradise?
Following the TSTV launch on October 1, two broadcasting companies have reportedly accused the Nigerian-owned satellite TV service of intellectual property infringement. Letters from beIN and Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited surfaced on social media this week.
From beIN-- a global network of sports channels
From Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited
Some Nigerians believe DSTV was at work
dstv was not going to fold her arms and watch it's revenue dwindle without fighting #Cabalalert
— Farmer Shitnaan (@shitez12) October 4, 2017
This letter was addressed to TSTV. How the hell did NCC get it? This is a cheap ploy by dstv. And sadly gullible people are falling for it
— Rufai Damilola Azeez (@eurofieds) October 4, 2017
DSTV after seeing that Bein Sport letter to TSTV pic.twitter.com/OOB9BuBAQK
— kenna (@kennagq) October 3, 2017
TSTV has since issued a disclaimer
We are not unaware of the messages circulating the social media regarding a letter from Bein Sports and Turner.
— TSTV (@tstvafrica) October 3, 2017
TSTV may be here to stay afterall.
The Monkey pox outbreak in Bayelsa
This week, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released a press statement revealing the outbreak of monkey pox in Bayelsa state. Monkey pox is a rare viral disease that occurs primarily in remote Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests.
Although it is similar to small pox, it is much milder. According to the NCDC, 11 cases have been identified and are currently receiving medical care.
A new virus ‘monkey pox’ hits Bayelsa.
Monkey pox is a viral disease caused by a group of viruses that include chicken pox & small pox😦 pic.twitter.com/P3uxpeqX6L
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) October 5, 2017
Nigerians react to the news
Nigeria Government must quickly intervene in the "Monkey pox" in Bayelsa before it's spread across to other part of the country.
— BOBAGUNWA of OWU (@tijanihabeeb) October 5, 2017
Monkey pox is spreading rapidly in bayelsa- Nigeria . Govt. Should urgency expedite actions to avert the ugly situation in Nigeria.
— Nanyak Nimmak (@nanyak_nimmak) October 6, 2017
Nigeria's Ministry of Health must not allow the Monkey Pox disease spread widely, like it did with Meningitis. This viral disease is beyond scary.
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) October 6, 2017
We do hope the disease is contained before it spreads to other parts of the country.
GTBank's bad week
During the course of the week, customers of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) experienced service disruption and they took to social media to complain.
— N.e.f.e.r.t.i.t.i 👸 (@iamsandramonday) October 5, 2017
@gtbank online customer rep just tld me dat I’m rsponsible 4 my funds afta complaining abt 15k Ng unauthorized debit igot on my acc.im weak
— Good boy (@Timie04) October 6, 2017
— Abike (@abkluv) October 5, 2017
GTBank apologises to their customers
Happy customer service week!