29 Sept. 2020 update. Good morning Nigeria, welcome to mnaija.com trending gist on social Media platforms in Nigeria for Tuesday 29th September 2020.
Senator Elisha Abbo
A Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, has been commended for awarding N50 million damages against the Senator representing Adamawa North, Senator Elisha Abbo, to be paid as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate, a female attendant at a sex-toy shop, whom he assaulted.
Those who reacted on social media said, beyond the judgement, the Senator should tender his resignation for involving himself in an act they described as despicable.
They also urged the court to ensure that the money was paid to the victim.
The hashtag trended on Twitter after a student alleged that the school was ignoring COVID-19 test. The female student claimed the school was carrying out only pregnancy and drug tests on students.
The allegations which could not be verified, however, generated a lot of reactions on social media, with many calling on the authorities concerned to investigate the matter.
Some however dismissed the claim as deliberate falsehood.
TSTV trended on social media with excitement as Nigerians eagerly anticipate its commencement of full operations on October 1, 2020.
The digital TV service provider which promises a pay-per-view experience, caught the fancy of a larger population of pay tv users in the country, who have long been clamouring for the introduction of pay-per-view by major providers.
They also called for support to enable TSTV make a triumphant entry into the market, saying the platform would meet the demands of the people.
Nigeria’s unity has again been brought to the fore as a cross-section of Nigerians took to social media to survey the hindrances on the path to achieving a one Nigeria.
While calling for sincere and patriotic approaches toward attainment of national unity, those who trended the hashtag highlighted gross inequalities in the distribution of resources and employment as the bane of a united Nigeria.
They also expressed fear that if something was not done urgently, the country might break up.
The Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) courted controversy as social media users blasted it for attempting to place tax on the Big Brother Naija prize won by Laycon.
The Service had, while congratulating Laycon via its official Twitter handle, reminded him to pay his tax.
This has, however, left many Nigerians questioning the legality of taxing a prize won in a competition.
Transportation Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, trended alongside each other, as their supporters squared up over who between the two ‘strongmen’ performed well as Governor.
The tight debate on social media, however, had no clear winner as supporters spoke both glowingly and damningly about the two men.
Nigerians have called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to disclose the identity of the private bank account in which the sum of N2.67 billion meant for school feeding was discovered.
The call followed clarification by the Commission that the diverted sum had nothing to do with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, as mischievously pushed by some news media.
Those who reacted said it was good that the ICPC made the clarification, but requested that it goes beyond that to unmask those behind the loot and ensure they were brought to justice.
The English Championship side showed up on the trends following news of the successful signing of Super Eagles’ defender, William Troost-Ekong on a five-year deal.
While the move attracted commendations and well wishes from many, some however said there wasn’t much to write home about.
According to them, Watford was an underdog, hence their relegation from the Premier League to the Championship last season. They argued that a player like Ekong deserved a bigger club to push up his career.
Hope seems to be rising for university students across the country after assurance by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, that the issue of ASUU would soon come to an end.
The Minister stated this on Channels Television live briefing programme, ‘Politics Today’.
In the reactions that followed, many said they could not wait to return to school as the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the over three months strike had impacted their academic pursuit negatively.
They equally appealed to the government to open negotiations with ASUU with a view to bringing the industrial action to an end.