Social Media Roundup: Dead men working

January 5, 2018
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President Buhari

Last Friday, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari appointed 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members of government-owned agencies and parastatals. He also reportedly appointed himself as the chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and head of Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

Hours later, Nigerians discovered that about eight of these appointees are deceased. This caused an uproar on social media.


A show of gross incompetence

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Then Professor Itse Sajay -- Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption -- described the outrage as "unreasonable and needless".

Nigerians were not impressed.

The President has since assured Nigerians that the dead appointees will be replaced. Find the full list of appointees here. And below, other interesting topics on social media this week.

Deaths in Kaduna, Benue and Rivers

2018 began on a sad note for some Nigerians in Rivers, Kaduna and Benue States. On Monday, January 1, gunmen ambushed and attacked people returning from crossover night service in Omoku, Rivers State. Atleast 15 people have been reported dead following the attack and several others sustained gunshot injuries.

On Monday night, two villages in Sanga Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State were attacked. According to reports, no fewer than 38 people were killed. While between Sunday December 31, 2017 and Tuesday January 2, 2018, Fulani herdsmen killed dozens of people in Tiv communities in Benue State.

Nigerians reacted on socia media

Dear President Buhari, check these Fulani herdsmen

Read President' Buhari's condemnation of the killings here.

The tailor from hell?

On January 1, Mercy Aigbe, popular Nigerian actress was one of the hottest trending topics on social media. The fact that it was her birthday could have been the reason, but it wasn't. She trended because one of the dressed she wore for her birthday photoshoot didn't belong to her. Read the full gist below.

The tailor reportedly gave out the same dress earlier for a photoshoot.

Apparently, she's notorious for disappointing her customers.

Here are a few reactions on social media.

Why so wicked?

Some shade for Mercy Aigbe

She isn't to blame

Too early in the year for drama

And some funny memes

The tailor eventually gave her side to the story. Read it below:

But her story doesn’t add up

In the end, it's a win-win for everyone involved

Kindly share your Nigerian tailor horror stories in the comments section.

Badoo herbalist arrested

The Nigerian Police Force began 2018 on a good note with the arrest of Ota-Aye Fatai Adebayo, the chief herbalist of the notorious Badoo cult gang in Ogun State.

The suspected kingpin of the cult group, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi Kamal is still at large, however, the Lagos state government has sealed all the properties linked to him.

Here are a few reactions to the arrest on social media:

Kudos to the Nigerian Police Force on this.

National blackout

Two days into 2018, Nigeria experienced a nationwide blackout as a result of a shut down of the natonal electricity grid. The collapse was due to a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited (TCN) located in Edo State.

Barely 24 hours later, the national grid collapsed again. According to TCN, the second system failure occurred when the Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene 330kV transmission line tripped, cutting off electricity generation and transmission from the Odukpani power station to the grid.

Nigerians reacted on social media.

Some people didn't even know there was a blackout

Did you notice the blackout?

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