Social Media Roundup: The legend of the Mace Runner

by | Apr 20, 2018

On Wednesday morning, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who was recently suspended reportedly stormed the National Assembly with some thugs and made away with the mace — the symbol of authority.

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Senator Omo-Agege representing the Delta Central constituency was reportedly suspended over his opposition to the election re-ordering bill. However, Senate President Bukola Saraki claimed that the senator was sanctioned for suing the Senate to court.

Now, onto the stolen mace. Here’s what the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives had to “say”.

A few reactions from Nigerians.

Shocking

https://twitter.com/Naijadailyfeed/status/986722674226417664?s=19

https://twitter.com/WunderKid_/status/986563578575642626?s=19

https://twitter.com/ani_nomso/status/986583947546112002?s=19

Nobody is safe in Nigeria

https://twitter.com/GreatGracious/status/986573113101045761?s=19

https://twitter.com/Burmese_Tyga/status/986566257985118208?s=19

The Mace Runner: Nigerian version

https://twitter.com/ogbeni_opa/status/986669550212145152?s=19

https://twitter.com/Iam_Abdulaxis/status/986577599349579776?s=19

https://twitter.com/omoissy/status/986633955096047616?s=19

Only fans of Big Brother Naija will get these

https://twitter.com/seunalaofin/status/986864308767395840?s=19

https://twitter.com/OsasCruz/status/986641431581388800?s=19

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/OgbeniDipo/status/986704768734199808?s=19

https://twitter.com/KingKevwe_/status/986672871824031744?s=19

https://twitter.com/sire_liljosh/status/986596170146467841?s=19

Check this

Senator Omo-Agege was eventually arrested.

And was later released for lack of evidence.

The mace finally returns home

Apparently, the stolen mace was recovered under a flyover bridge in Abuja. Read more about it here. And below for other trending topics on social media this week.

APC Twitter account hacked

Last weekend and earlier this week, Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) was a hot topic on social media. This time, not for the incompetence of the present administration but because its verified Twitter account was hacked.

Reactions

https://twitter.com/TrendsOfNigeria/status/985201928056516608?s=19

https://twitter.com/OsasCruz/status/985221151008940032?s=19

https://twitter.com/Rouvafe/status/985197763716673536?s=19

https://twitter.com/Tunnyking/status/985250528572690433?s=19

https://twitter.com/Rouvafe/status/985218606190465026?s=19

The handler of the account called on Twitter to fix the issue

But this guy claimed that a verified account with over 700 thousand followers is not the party’s official account. Oh well.

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/IgweOfficial/status/985188762379415557?s=19

John McAfee called Twitter out

Opposition party, PDP seized the opportunity

The “real” APC handle

In addition to the new Twitter handle, APC unveiled a new website and social media handles.

Find out what the APC verified handle is up to here.

Lazy Nigerian youth

This week, while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, President Muhammadu Buhari insinuated that the Nigerian youth does nothing and expects free housing, healthcare and education. Watch the clip below.

The President’s statement offended many Nigerian youths and they responded using the #LazyNigerianYouth hashtag.

https://twitter.com/Olorimartins/status/986941080523468802?s=19

https://twitter.com/YuGoDoLL/status/986944517432541184?s=19

https://twitter.com/rise_femi/status/986980666318483456?s=19

https://twitter.com/Missutchay/status/987003902682951682?s=19

Never again!

Other reactions

https://twitter.com/Chydee/status/986916692059152384?s=19

https://twitter.com/iSoEndowed/status/987024432471396352?s=19

Then Presidential Aspirant, Atiku Abubakar tweeted this;

A few replies to his tweet

https://twitter.com/ife_luv12/status/986939140452372485?s=19

https://twitter.com/KingAbsolute_/status/986870109317844992

https://twitter.com/Oreemi__/status/986871041896189952

https://twitter.com/ali_biu335/status/986866232539467777

For more replies, read the thread.

The Presidency later claimed that President Buhari’s comments was not directed at every Nigerian youth.

But threads had already been sewn so it was too late. Read this one of hardworking Nigerian youths in the tech community. And this too.

The $462 million helicopter saga

More drama in the Nigerian government this week as the Senate summoned Kemi Adeosun, Minster of Finance, Mansur Dan Ali, Minister of Defence and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele for paying an unauthorized sum of $462 million to purchase two military choppers.

In addition, the funds were paid to a non-existent American company.

Here’s how Nigerians reacted

Wow!

https://twitter.com/Ellameches/status/986540906202435585?s=19

Other reactions

#BoycottDiamondBank

I normally do not care much for trends orchestrated by social media influencers but this one seems interesting. A particular influencer took to Twitter to narrate how Diamond Bank defrauded a company named O.Hales and Associates. Read the story below.

https://twitter.com/SubDeliveryZone/status/986335375550550016?s=19

This calls to mind the story of GTBank VS Innoson Motors from many roundups ago.

A few reactions

Death to Diamond Bank

https://twitter.com/Iam_Abdulaxis/status/986965071246123011?s=19

https://twitter.com/Iam_Abdulaxis/status/986963512021921794?s=19

#BankingMadeSimple

While #BoycottDiamondBank was trending, another set of influencers were tweeting with the #BankingMadeSimple hashtag.

https://twitter.com/sire_liljosh/status/986934820818341888?s=19

https://twitter.com/Tunnyking/status/986937851324616704?s=19

https://twitter.com/UrbanCulture06/status/986943901431947264?s=19

https://twitter.com/Rouvafe/status/986962045240213504?s=19

https://twitter.com/KingAbsolute_/status/986968955440062464?s=19

https://twitter.com/Shawnife_/status/986954201669554176?s=19

And these people were drawing our attention to the second hashtag.

More reactions

All Nigerian Banks are trash

https://twitter.com/Starlingvibes/status/986966738825867264?s=19

If you have beef with Diamond Bank and other Nigerian banks, I’m open to reading them in the comments section.

I'm always open to new experiences.

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