This is a round-up of some news in Nigeria and globe yesterday, Tuesday, 22nd, September 2020 trending on the social media.
The Federal Government has received commendations as application portal for the 72 billion Naira Survival Fund for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) opened on Monday midnight.
Those keying into the scheme lauded the President Muhammad Buhari administration for coming up with such initiative, which they described as people oriented. They, however, urged the government to ensure that only the target population benefit from the programme, so as to achieve its set objectives.
The integrity of former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has again become a subject of public scrutiny after the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an agency of the United States Department of Treasury, placed him and his family members under close watch.
According to reports on some news platforms, FinCEN flagged some transactions linked to the 2019 Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party as suspicious while monitoring the movement of money within the international financial system.
A cross section of Nigerians who reacted to the development on social media, bashed Atiku for always trying to trick the people into believing he was without blemishes. They also submitted that someone with such financial impropriety cannot be entrusted with the task of leading a country that is battling rampant corruption in government.
A BBC Africa investigation has uncovered the cause of the explosion which occurred at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos State in March this year.
While the documentary put the blame on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for lack of proper maintenance of gas pipeline, some Nigerians, however, pointed out that the report was not comprehensive as it did not say whether it was appropriate or not to have gas and petroleum pipelines running through residential areas.
Others who also reacted, called on government to ensure that victims of the incident were adequately compensated.
A former Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi, came under intense criticism after news and photos in which he was reported to have stripped naked, four of his hotel staff for allegedly stealing the sum of N5,000 went viral on social media.
Reacting to this, some said that Gbagi, who is currently nursing a governorship ambition in Delta State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, is notorious for maltreating people who work for him. They also alleged that he derived so much pleasure in withholding his workers salaries for months.
Meanwhile, others have called for his immediate arrest and prosecution for human rights abuse and torture.
Our Military Is Capable
Despite the death of Colonel DC Bako, Commander of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Nigerians have taken to social media to express their continued support and confidence in the capacity of the country’s armed forces to surmount security challenges across the nation.
According to them, the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy and other security agencies have recorded lots of successes, as many bandits have been arrested and paraded.
They also called on the citizens to encourage service personnel by avoiding rumours capable of affecting their morale and combat readiness.
2,500 Delisted Cross River Workers
Some Nigerians have joined over 2,500 workers removed from payroll of the Cross River State Government since September 2019 to appeal to Governor Ben Ayade for reinstatement.
Reacting to protest by the workers, as reported by Channels Television, they said that the treatment meted out on the workers by the state government was injust, inhuman and wicked.
A couple of others, however, urged the affected workers to continue protesting until their demands are met.