After long months of calling on the government to end the misconduct of officers of the Nigerian Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Nigerian youths have gotten the break they have been pushing for through the #EndSARS campaign. Well, almost.
This week, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo directed the Inspector General of Police to “overhaul the management and activities of SARS”.
Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, I have directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS. pic.twitter.com/xliQS1CRBN
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) August 14, 2018
Here’s how Nigerians reacted
We WON Guys! #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG @julietkego @Tutsy22 @DrJoeAbah Time to build a new. The #NewNigeria is real. Congrats to @PoliceNG as we begin to reform. Out with the Old and welcome the New. 👏🏼👏🏼 #OsinbajoDelivers pic.twitter.com/jHlyjbirsn
— SEGA L'éveilleur® (@segalink) August 14, 2018
— RUGGEDMAN (@RuggedyBaba) August 14, 2018
Not so fast, what does “overhaul” really mean?
Biko, the overhaul word dey confuse me, does it mean there will no more sars? #EndSARS
— E-zrael Ani (@EzraelAni) August 14, 2018
Osinbajo's PR is deceiving you guys. It would be laughable if it wasn't so serious. Again, the letter directing for the "overhaul" of SARS is just hot air. All you need to do is remember Ogoni cleanup which the same Osinbajo launched in 2016.
— Ms Boateng (@JoyceOdukoya) August 15, 2018
Someone, please educate me.
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) August 15, 2018
All hail Segalink!
Africa Facts Zone has decided to name Social Justice Advocate, Segun Awosanya, the CEO of AliensMedia and Convener of the #ENDSARS campaign as the AFZ Person of the Year for the 2nd year in a row. #ENDSARS calls for the end of the human rights abuses committed by crime unit, SARS pic.twitter.com/k8r9pzhGoo
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) August 14, 2018
How many retweets for this guy? 👏👏🙌 pic.twitter.com/mqfvE4ZLfc
— Angels in Heaven 🧚♀️🧚♂️ (@badgalmaddie_) August 14, 2018
Finally, Osinbajo has agreed to check VAR on #EndSARS
He has also issued them a YELLOW Card for their FEROCIOUS tackles.
The World is Happy.
And we hereby congratulate our Legend and Team Captain, @segalink for this Historic win.
— Ebube The Statesman (@akaebube) August 14, 2018
How’s it going Yomi Shogunle?
— Angels in Heaven 🧚♀️🧚♂️ (@badgalmaddie_) August 14, 2018
I've seen a few people who never supported the #EndSARS movement celebrating "their achievement"…
Anyways I'm particular about what is gonna happen to YOMI SHOGUNLE… He needs to be removed!
— 20-10-2020 (@DirectorSolomon) August 14, 2018
— Ayo of Ibadan (@theayoadams) August 14, 2018
Looks like SARS didn’t get the memo
I just saw SARS beating a grown man into their bus. What exactly did they overhaul or am I missing something?
I’m tired of Nigeria tbh
— Amaka (@Amiiee_Ig) August 16, 2018
We expected these
Lai Mohd- We won't end SARS
Oshio-We won't end SARS
IG: We'll never end SARS
— Lérd Chigbo ā (@itschigbo) August 14, 2018
Vice President Has Finally Ended SARS. #EndSARS
Yahoo Boys: pic.twitter.com/HlB6sUARC5
— Sleek Timmy 🐓 (@ShyBloggerPR) August 15, 2018
Ending or Reforming SARS is like treating the symptom of a disease
Who will Train the new SARS
The Nigerian Police as an institution, needs Overhaul from recuitment, training regime, discipline, welfare,TTP standard and evaluation
— Murtala (@Murtalaibin) August 14, 2018
Am I the only one unbothered by SARS overhaul on paper??
The same govt that allegedly increased allawee for corpers?
The same govt that vowed to centralize internship this year and passed a circular to that effect?
Naaa…let me save my excitement for when its actually done…
— Ugwunna Ejikem (@UgwunnaEjikem) August 14, 2018
— Mu’awiyyah Yusuf Muye (@MP_Muye) August 14, 2018
Will SARS really be overhauled? Only time will tell. While we wait, check out other trending topics on social media this week. Spoiler Alert: There’s a story from Kenya.
Victor Moses is retiring
This week, Victor Moses, Nigeria’s Super Eagles player and Chelsea FC winger, announced his decision to retire from international football. According to the 27 year-old, he made the decision to focus on his club career and family. Read below.
— Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) August 15, 2018
Thank you Victor Moses
— Tboyy (@tobianii) August 15, 2018
Honestly, Victor Moses retirement isn't surprising to me. Body language and background information in Russia pointed to this decision. I saw it coming, in fact the decision came late.
Thank you Moses for all the memories, All the best!!
— Adepoju Tobi Samuel 🇳🇬 (@OgaNlaMedia) August 15, 2018
Thank you Victor Moses. You are a HERO!!!
— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) August 15, 2018
Retiring at 27? Wow
How old is Victor Moses that he is announcing his retirement from 🇳🇬 international football. Every wan dey comot their hand for naija
— Doctor YazzY (@Dr_Yazzy) August 16, 2018
There is no doubt Nigeria/Nigerians will miss Victor Moses but it's sad that we didn't prepare for this kind of exit.
At 28, Moses shouldn't be quiting international football but we have to respect is decision.
One of the best on his day. Good luck Moses. #PoojaFootball
— POOJA!!! (@PoojaMedia) August 15, 2018
Strange decision by Victor Moses to retire from international football.There is a lot excitement & promise around this set of Eagles & they could go on to do great thin.But he has a family now & the opportunity cost of those international breaks is family time.We will miss him.
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) August 15, 2018
His colleagues’ tweets
— Ahmed Musa MON (@Ahmedmusa718) August 15, 2018
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) August 16, 2018
Buhari please just retire like Victor Moses, please.
— 𝗥emi (@aderemimoses) August 15, 2018
Victor Moses’ retirement may not be the last we hear. Others likely to follow. Surprised it took this long #Team9jaStrong
— Colin NOT Collins 🇳🇬🇺🇸 (@ColinUdoh) August 15, 2018
Why did Victor Moses retire from international football at 28?
When there's nations cup next year? Nah, he shouldnt have
— good evening (@Ogbeni_Peter) August 15, 2018
Someone made a thread of Victor Moses’ achievements for the Super Eagles. Read it here.
Is Duncan Mighty a legend?
Remember last week’s argument on whether Wizkid revived Duncan Mighty’s career or not? Well, this week’s gist doesn’t exactly paint Duncan Mighty in a legendary light, at least in the opinion of many Nigerians.
It all started when a video of Duncan Mighty almost prostrating for Davido went viral. Watch it below.
Duncan Mighty attempting to prostrate for Davido is either humility at it's peak or the most hilarious thing I've seen since teletubbies. 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/XAVR5piGV8
— Tosin Abayomi (@TosinSports) August 16, 2018
Apparently, Davido flew to Port Harcourt to shoot the video of the song he recorded in collaboration with Duncan Mighty and Peruzzi.
Spent two weeks defending Duncan Mighty with all my might, only for him to go thank Wizkid profusely on TV, & almost dobale for Davido. 😒😒
— Awele (@DreNwadugbo) August 16, 2018
Duncan Mighty is falling the hands of his supporters lmaoooo
— The Agendist (@oddy4real) August 16, 2018
Duncan Mighty fans see him Vs how he sees himself. pic.twitter.com/0lVE6FU3wF
— Umeh💡 (@UmehWrites) August 16, 2018
Duncan mighty is officially no longer phs first son. We give that title to Timaya, someone that has a sense of self-worth and would not go and disgrace us outside. Thank you.
— Sody (@SodyHalliday) August 17, 2018
Duncan Mighty is still one of the greatest
God is no respecter of Age, Time, Wealth or Statues.
Duncan Mighty was Overwhelmed with what God is doing in his life.
It brought him to his knees, he didn't to @iam_Davido as a human being.
He was humbled by God.
Wene has been too overlooked..
God REMEMBERED HIM!!
— Port-Harcourt Billboard Lady (@Datoofthecreeks) August 16, 2018
"Duncan Mighty" was not bowing to Davido because he feels inferior, the gesture only shows how appreciative he is. Davido's reaction was just perfect too. #Gratitude #PlaymodeMusic #VATA2019Declaration #UNICAF pic.twitter.com/yAx2yPEkHj
— Mayrian (@Themayrian) August 16, 2018
About d video posted online abt Duncan Mighty prostration 2 @iam_Davido,let me clear it. He was just grateful Davido came 2 feature on his song, stress over with d whole cost of fuelling his private jet but never still’ll charge him 4 d feature. It's just a thankful generous act.
— Frosh🎚 (@Doctorseyi) August 16, 2018
Read more here.
Kenyan Taj Mall to be demolished in 14 days
Yesterday, the Kenyan government gave the owners of Airgate Mall (formerly known as Taj Mall) a notice to demolish the building within the next 14 days. According to the government’s multi-sectoral committee, the building is hindering the expansion of the Outering Road, located in Nairobi.
Taj Mall notice of demolition issued.
Tenants have until 30th August to vacate the mall. The building will also be demolished ‘at the owners risk and cost’. pic.twitter.com/hUnuAkkkWG
— Ahmed Mohamed ((ASMALi)) (@Asmali77) August 16, 2018
Ramesh Gorasia, the Managing Director of the mall has dared the government to demolish the building. Read all about it here.
Taj Mall owner Ramesh vows not to demolish his building and dares whoever is pushing for the demolition to stop hiding and show his face. pic.twitter.com/dvvf1O6Efa
— Kenya West (@KinyanBoy) August 16, 2018
Here’s how Kenyans reacted
The most glaring reason why the Taj Mall need to be demolished. Painful Sacrifices must be made for the country to develop. pic.twitter.com/Xlf0qXxpnA
— Ahmed Mohamed ((ASMALi)) (@Asmali77) August 11, 2018
Changing the name of the building from Taj Mall to Airgate center wasn't enough to sanitize it from controversy that it was build on the road reserve
— Edwin Makokha™ (@vanMakos) August 17, 2018
This is the aerial view of Taj Mall. How will Gorasia even defend himself? pic.twitter.com/0wdUckv0eA
— Kelvin Mutwiwa 🇰🇪 (@Kelvin_Mutwiwa) August 16, 2018
The way Taj mall owner Ramesh talks you may think he owns this country. Such people should be deported back to their countries, here in Kenya we respect the law and government institutions.
— Duncan Makori (@EngnrDan) August 16, 2018
That Taj Mall notice is NONSENSE. You don't give grabbers notice. They didn't give us notice that they wanted to grab. #STOPTheGrabbers
— Robert ALAI (@RobertAlai) August 16, 2018
How Taj Mall looks on Outering Rd pic.twitter.com/NhY5nmb5WL
— local man (@localman254) August 16, 2018
How hon. Sany operators are preparing themselves on forthcoming Taj Mall demolition. pic.twitter.com/ryhh5i8sk2
— ዴኒስ ሞቩዋ🔥🔥 (@dennismoivre) August 16, 2018
Taj Mall vs SANY
Place bets here…
— Peris (@Peris_Ke) August 16, 2018
Read more here.