Social Media Roundup: President Buhari allegedly commits to fighting corruption in Ghana

by | Mar 9, 2018

On March 6, Ghana celebrated her 61st year of independence and Nigerians put their jollof-related differences aside to wish their Ghanaian brothers and sisters a happy independence day celebration.

https://twitter.com/DMV_Drummerboyy/status/971013534220943360

https://twitter.com/charlesawesum/status/971057494767304704

President Muhammadu Buhari was a guest of honour at the Independence day ceremony and during his speech, he reportedly said: “I look forward to any form of collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana in tackling the menace of endemic corruption”.

However, this (misleading) television version/caption of his statement quickly went viral on social media.

https://twitter.com/henryo147/status/971280348117073920

You can already imagine how Ghanaians reacted. If you can’t, check this:

Now, here’s how Nigerians reacted.

Wait, what?

https://twitter.com/SKSolaKuti/status/971151827172552704

https://twitter.com/ManLikeDriz/status/971524088236781568

More reactions with memes

https://twitter.com/henryo147/status/971571428104523777

https://twitter.com/jaja_xcv/status/971306631014297602

https://twitter.com/RovielOfficial/status/971142171356262400

https://twitter.com/kwame_dagger/status/971649879217983488

In case you missed it, read President Buhari’s full speech here. Read on for other trending topics on social media this week.

International day of the woman

Yesterday, March 8, the day set aside as the International Women’s Day, the whole world gathered to celebrate women making great strides and to discuss how the world can become more gender inclusive. Using the hashtags #IWD2018 and #InternationalWomensDay, many individuals and brands took to social media to celebrate women around the world.

Back in Nigeria

To commemorate the day of the woman, I wrote a story about why there is a low participation of women in tech and how we can fix it. Read it here.

The JAMB snake has a name

Last month, we heard of the snake that swallowed ₦36 million in the Markurdi office of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as told by Philomina Chieshe. This week, following interrogations by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Philomina revealed the identity of the snake, the coordinator of the JAMB Makurdi office, Samuel Umoru.

Here are a few reactions on social media

According to reports, Samuel Umoru did not deny the allegations and has been released on administrative bail.

Lagos state’s controversial land use law

This week, the Lagos state government signed the new Land Use Charge law earlier passed by the House of Assembly. The law, which is a repeal of the 2001 Land Use Charge law, reviews the charges on commercial properties in the state and grants exemptions to senior citizens/ pensioners, owner occupiers, NGOs, churches and Mosques. For a better understanding, read this.

Lagosians reacted on social media.

https://twitter.com/Seuntemitayo4/status/971706969206722560

What to expect

Governor Ambode the villain

https://twitter.com/SKSolaKuti/status/969576587967520769

Check these

Apparently, Alpha Beta, a private company reportedly owned by Bola Tinubu was specifically mentioned as a possible consultant to be engaged in the verification of land use payments to the Lagos state government. This even raised more suspicions.

https://twitter.com/SKSolaKuti/status/971514715921887232

https://twitter.com/datGuyKOFO/status/971293952111448066

The Lagos state House of Assembly later released a statement claiming that the insertion of Alpha Beta as a consultant in the land use law was a mistake.

Don’t get it twisted

Stakeholders are currently demanding for a reversal of the new law.

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