On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) dressed in hoods and masks reportedly barricaded the entrance of the Nigerian National Assembly Complex, preventing members of the National Assembly from accessing the premises.
Most people didn’t know who ordered the siege, but that didn’t stop them from speculating, and throwing blames around.
And the blame game began
It is a matter of record that yesterday, lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly were prevented from entering the National Assembly Complex by heavily armed security agents of the Department of State Services (DSS). #WorldPressConference
— Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) August 8, 2018
So it turns out that there are no APC Senators at the National Assembly, just PDP Senators trying to resume before the resumption.
— Johannes T. Wojuola (@Johannxs) August 7, 2018
— Olu Onemola (@OnemolaOlu) August 7, 2018
The invasion of the National Assembly was planned by the Federal Government through the instigation of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole https://t.co/b7l8aj6gDs
— ScannewsNGR (@ScannewsNGR) August 8, 2018
DSS don't take directive from anybody except the President or the Acting President, so for DSS to take directive from an opposition party or somebody else is not correct. – Dennis Amachree. #Sunrisedaily
— Channels Television (@channelstv) August 8, 2018
Just a gentle reminder that none of what is happening at the National Assembly is about you.
Politicians are playing themselves again and asking for your voice to amplify theirs.
Face your work, grow, improve, learn, teach, and love yourself. Drink some tea too. God bless you.
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) August 7, 2018
Whenever there’s an attack on the National Assembly, Members would always say it’s an attack on Nigerians, but when there’s a really attack on Nigerians they go mute. No sir this is an attack on your seat and your allocation leave us out of this one.
— Linda (@lindaisioma) August 7, 2018
A reminder that PDP and APC are two sides of the same sordid coin. What happened yesterday isn't new. Jonathan, PDP, defend police blockade of National Assembly – Premium Times Nigeria https://t.co/XOLXjHBhK9
— Farooq Kperogi (@farooqkperogi) August 8, 2018
Incredible scenes at the National Assembly this morning but more appalling some of the outrage on Twitter.
When thieves clash it’s often wise to unlook.
When they loot together they don’t take sides with your poverty.
— Ugodre (@ugodre) August 7, 2018
Lawal Daura sacked
Since preventing members of the National Assembly from performing their legislative and constitutional duties is unacceptable, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ordered the immediate sack and arrest of Lawal Daura, the Director General (DG) of the DSS.
As a start, I have directed that the appointment of the DG of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura be terminated.
He has been directed to hand over to the most Senior Officer in the State Security Service.
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) August 7, 2018
BREAKING: Former DG of DSS, Lawal Daura Arrested And Detained by a team of @PoliceNG officers after a meeting at the office of the Ag. President @ProfOsinbajo, accused of breaching National Security for invading the @nassnigeria
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) August 7, 2018
I just want you to remind you that the Oga of DSS was sacked before the Oga of SARS because who you terrorize matters.
— The (@DamiElebe) August 8, 2018
The story has only just got interesting since morning -Lawal Daura sacked! Almost thought this was unthinkable not to talk of the actual act…
— Esther Ogun-Yusuf (@MaupeO) August 7, 2018
Plot Twist: Could sacked Lawal Daura cooperate with the Authorities & Turn State Witness & Be Another Prosecution Witness Against the beleaguered Saraki? 🤫🤔🧐😊😊
— Isuph JT (@IsuphJt) August 8, 2018
This is what a siege on the NASS looks like and it happened in 2014 and not 2018. The difference is that in 2014 nobody was fired. In 2018 a DG DSS got fired pic.twitter.com/b9lOUJTHHA
— 🇳🇬 Legit Omo Ijesha 🇳🇬🔥🔥 (@legit_ijesha) August 7, 2018
The Presidency has since appointed Matthew Seiyefa, the most senior director in the agency as the Acting DG of the DSS.
Morning: I support the actions of the DSS in invading the National Assembly because of what the PDP planned to do.
Midday: The Ag President has done very well by sacking the DG SSS.
Afternoon: The DG SSS was working for Saraki
My brother you sound pathetic. And stupid.
— MistUka (@OrjiUka) August 7, 2018
Nigeria. Lol. If you believe that the head of a security agency acted on his own and invaded the national assembly, I have a ponzi scheme to sell to you.
— O O (@otoiks) August 7, 2018
Here is my confession: I am deeply sorry for everything, I understand that my action has caused a lot of confusion in the country, I felt guilty within me & decided to confess.
I am the one that ordered the DSS to block the National Assembly gate, it's not Buhari or Osinbajo. https://t.co/JiAfrIdiSY
— Olúyẹmí Fásípè, AICMC (@YemieFash) August 8, 2018
Day b4 yesterday a Christian acting pres fired a muslim DSS chief & replaced him with a Christian. We from d north hailed d decision. Had it been it was Buhari replacing Olanisakin, Emefele or HoS Mrs Oyo-Ita with a Muslim, some will give it religious meanings. PLS LET'S GROW UP!
— Abdulbaki Aliyu Jari (@Bahaushee) August 9, 2018
New evidence suggests that Lawal Daura acted alone, read all about it here. Read on for other trending topics on social media this week.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are apparently bad for you
On Wednesday, officials of the Nigerian Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) stormed the Krispy Kreme outlet in Victoria Island, Lagos.
After discovering expired doughnut fillings and other raw materials, the agencies shut Krispy Kreme down.
Happening Now: #CPC, in collaboration with #NAFDAC, shuts down Krispy Kreme Doughnuts following regulatory issues with shelf life of their raw materials.@TundeIrukera @MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo @NafdacAgency @DGatNAFDAC @SONNigeria @AkinwunmiAmbode @CafonNg @lasgcopa @purrples pic.twitter.com/yjzdmz3YoU
— FCCPC Nigeria (@fccpcnigeria) August 8, 2018
Krispy kreme Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?!!!!!!😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— Seyifunmi (@oseyifunmi_) August 9, 2018
Krispy Kreme sells sugar and adds Lil doughnut to it.
Even at that, they still use expired product? 😂😂😂 https://t.co/XDmhWljOCu
— Dami (@DareOgunmowo) August 8, 2018
Krispy Kreme that they just opened recently in VI was shut down.
Does anyone even plan on eating Krispy Kreme donut more than once in a life time? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/qWDwSJe43E
— Eric Okafor (@KneWKeeD) August 8, 2018
You guys have it mixed up honestly
Krispy kreme sells sugar
Did they check to see if the sugar is ok?
— Tunji Andrews (@TunjiAndrews) August 8, 2018
This is Nigeria
Nigeria is so trash that when i hear of stories like the Krispy Kreme raid, i am always like "hmm it is probably a personal vendetta, the government does not give a shit about us like thattttttt"
— Baeonetta (@revalanche) August 8, 2018
But if a regulator went after Krispy Kreme we know why, and it's not because they want to protect you.
If they really were interested in protecting you, you probably wouldn't be eating gala today or drinking most of the nonsense they sell in traffic that you buy and whoof down.
— Ikenna Ronald Nzimora (@ronaldnzimora) August 8, 2018
You guys don’t have work. Of all the people ‘exploiting’ Nigerians, it is Krispy Kreme you went to shakedown. Carry on. We’ve all watched this movie before https://t.co/9vUd8qaIm1
— tyro (@DoubleEph) August 8, 2018
There was a reason God didn't allow those sales guys at Krispy Kreme sell doughnuts to me the night I was there. @GbemiEreku
I'm not upset anymore.
— AuntyChena🐾🇬🇭🇬🇧🇳🇬 (@ChenaOnuorah) August 8, 2018
Nigerians don't want Nigeria to work, it's all pretence. Krispy kreme should be left alone now? Wondafu! 😂
— Àṣàkẹ́ (@justbabygirling) August 8, 2018
Due to your negligence for health safety , you not only disgraced a Popular Brand but made alot of people lose their jobs in the process .
Krispy Kreme , nè siyè 👏👏
— Taiye Bayode (@taiyebayode) August 9, 2018
Read more here.
From PDP to APC
This week began with rumours of the defection of Godswill Akpabio, Nigerian Senator, from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former Akwa Ibom state governor did defect, and he also resigned as the Senate’s Minority Leader.
Today I formally resign my position as the minority leader of the 8th senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
— Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON (@Senator_Akpabio) August 7, 2018
His defection was against the tide of the recent wave of APC to PDP defections and as expected, triggered a mix of reactions from Nigerians.
Apkabio is not happy moving to APC I could read in his face that he not a happy man again, think his is under pressure.
— Ken Ezihuo (@KenEzihuo1) August 9, 2018
Apkabio in Apc is just a means of balancing the scales of migrations from one party to another. It doesnt make him a saint and I beleive if he was to be taken to court by EFCC in d next 4 yeats to come he will leave the party too
— Muktar saeed (@Muktarsaeed) August 9, 2018
Twitter politics are full of party bigots calling themselves democrats.
Saraki decamps to PDP. A welcome development or democracy and Nigeria.
Apkabio want to decamp to APC. His scared of EFCC.
All of u will be alright las las
— ADEDOYIN Emmanuel. Olorogun of Ile-Ife. YNWA ❤️ (@oluwacovermi11) August 6, 2018
“Let the world know I’ve joined APC; I’m now a progressive. I want to tell my PDP brothers that I left behind." – Senator Apkabio
— Tam Otis E Zuokumor (@toztweets) August 8, 2018
Seun: Do you want to become Senate President
Apkabio: No I don't have any intention of becoming Senate President today but I become whatever God wants me to be. My name is Godswill and I believe in the will of God.
— Adeyemi Ademola (@Shemzy_thegreat) August 9, 2018
Senator Apkabio says"I joined APC when I realised that Buhari is a man of integrity and a nationalist."
What is your take about Akpabio's defection to the APC?
Do share your views#mobilepunch #apc #pdp @APCNigeria @OfficialPDPNig #nigeriadecides2019 #buhari #senate #punchng pic.twitter.com/3c86dmgSev
— Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) August 8, 2018
Governor Emmanuel sacks commissioners who welcomed Akpabio https://t.co/leHsFuke77
— Premium Times (@PremiumTimesng) August 8, 2018
Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo has been renamed Akwa Ibom stadium by Gov Udom Emmanuel.
This made my day. The gov has shown that he is in charge & that he is not a weakling.
I expect him to destroy whatever legacy of Akpabio remaining in Akwa Ibom. Let's all be petty!
— Miz Cazorla (@MizCazorla1) August 9, 2018
— Channels Television (@channelstv) August 8, 2018
So EFCC did not freeze the accounts of Akwa Ibom state!!
Kai Nigerian journalists need to be delivered from the spirit of Fake news before their families partake in their destruction
— ZahrahMusa Ph.D (@Zahrahmusa) August 9, 2018
In Nig, we play PETTY POLITICS.
Udom entered, renamed Nest of Champions, the stadium built by Akpabio to Godswill Akpabio stadium to appreciate him for winning the Gov. election.
3yrs later, Akpabio decamped to APC.
Udom re-renamed to Akwa Ibom Stadium.
3 names in 3yrs. 😅😂
— POOJA!!! (@PoojaMedia) August 9, 2018
Udom Emmanuel has connived with EFFC to freeze his state's account to gain sympathy and make Akpabio look bad.
That's what APC online militia will spin it. Mad people. https://t.co/e9ikbwwblo
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) August 8, 2018
Ette Godswill Akpabio will go down in history as the worst traitor in modern Nigerian politics. In his treachery, he has made Udom Emmanuel an overnight political tactician and superstar.
— Ogbete Oligarch (@OdogwuOgbete) August 6, 2018
I said the whole AkwaIbom would come out for Akpabio they said I don't know anything! PDP, where is your money cos Akpabio is a money man. His people will come out for the money not his ideologies. Udom Emmanuel is also a cool guy, not the same with Wike & Amaechi saga. Got it??
— Ronke Kosoko | Sanwo-Olu 2023 (@ronkeemployment) August 8, 2018
Read more reactions here.
The dangers of pregnancy
This week, a Twitter user posted her “dangerous” experience with pregnancy and childbirth. Read it below.
Childbirth is dangerous. Nothing ever goes back to normal. Many near death things occur. We need to stop downplaying it. I still have pelvic girdle pain, and people are telling me “its not fair” to not give my child a sibling. This shop is CLOSED.
— Ozzy (@ozzyetomi) August 7, 2018
Read the thread for other women’s experiences here.
Pregnancy and PTSD – IT KILLS JUST ABOUT 10 IN 30 WOMEN SO WYS?!?!
— Zainab (@zizzycarter) August 8, 2018
Pregnancy is not dangerous
It's better to use the word "risky" in place of "dangerous" when speaking about pregnancy. I think the whole problem is wrong choice of words.
— COC (@TweetMOPOL) August 7, 2018
The facts are there, thats why we keep advocating for better health services for women!.
Its our duty as Doctors to educate them too on these 'dangers" ..
But No! Dangerous isnt the word i would use to describe Childbirth.
Sadly it seems like the "whole" of twitter disagrees.
— Kvng Jay 😷 (@DrJohnAfam) August 7, 2018
Pregnancy has its risk and complications but I won’t use the word ‘dangerous’ even when I know it has some danger signs.
— AMCO (@Amjcool) August 8, 2018
Childbirth is painful, we know. Dangerous is an extreme word to use. Womanhood is painful, but not dangerous https://t.co/181pj7JjpY
— Salaudeen Hammed (@ayanfe29) August 7, 2018
Men, please shut up
My mum died during childbirth to my youngest sister. Don't talk about pregnancy if you don't have an uterus and put your life on the line to reproduce life. You know and feel nothing other than pleasure!
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) August 8, 2018
A man has no right to tell women how to deal with pregnancy or menstruation. How can you try to add your 2 cents on what you've never experienced?
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) August 8, 2018
"My wife died during childbirth but I assure you, pregnancy is not dangerous" is without a shadow of doubt, the WILDEST thing I have ever seen on Twitter
— ً (@mhagayr) August 9, 2018
This pregnancy talk really brought out all the scummy men. So many men don't believe in women's right to choose and this is exactly why we need feminism.
— Tori (@FreeTori) August 8, 2018
Pregnancy is dangerous oh!
Nigeria has the second highest burden of maternal mortality in the world. We alone contribute 14% of the problem.
One of the main reasons why it's this high is because some people believe it isn't dangerous and therefore aren't cautious
— okwute ụmụ asa (@_diGREAT) August 7, 2018
Whether you agree pregnancy is dangerous or you say the term to use is not dangerous, there are issues that need to be handled.
Arguing about the term to use doesn't cut it
— Chidi Nnanna (@ZeSage) August 8, 2018
Nigerian Assembly is in a state of absolute disarray.
Nigerian men outchea talking about pregnancy isn't dangerous and silencing women telling their own experiences.
Nigeria may just need to start from scratch because I'm not sure what the remedy is at this point.
— Ese (@missobrimah) August 7, 2018
Is pregnancy dangerous? Don’t answer that if you’ve never experienced it.