Social Media Trends For Wednesday 7th October 2020

7 Oct. 2020 update: Good morning Nigeria, welcome to mnaija.com trending gist on social media platforms in Nigeria for Wednesday 7th October 2020.

Lauretta Onochie

The Social Media Aide to President Buhari was on the trend after she was quoted by some news platforms as saying: calling anyone old man was not disrespect.

Onochie while responding to Wizkid’s diatribe against the President over the high-handedness of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, said the way and manner the musician addressed the President left a sour taste in the mouth.

According to her, Wizkid exhibited crass ignorance, insensitivity and childishness, adding that when he grew up, he might learn respect.

But the statement didn’t go without criticism as some Nigerians lashed out at Onochie. They said since her relatives were safe overseas, she might not really understand the pains people passed through in the hands of SARS.

Onitsha

The Anambra commercial city came up on the trend following the arrival of a container ship at the Onitsha Inland Port that was commissioned on Sunday.

Many Nigerians took to social media to salute President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for achieving what they described as a significant milestone. They said it was the first time in the last 42 years that a cargo vessel had berthed in the region.

One Twitter user, aptly captured it thus: “So Onitsha Port was commissioned and you can now send a container from China to Onitsha without going through Lagos? And some of you have been using it for months but kept quiet? Why do people refuse to talk when good things happen in Nigeria? Una dey fear una influencer?”

Another Twitter user added: “Just Wednesday and so many great news have happened this week. Father in heaven, we thank you for how you are re-writing the story of Nigeria. May Your name be hallowed in our nation forever. Amen.
1. Stock market rally
2. Onitsha Inland port
3. We won another arbitration in Paris.”

IPPIS

The Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) that has been the bone of contention between the Federal Government and lecturers in tertiary institutions, was today brought to the fore, with many wondering why ASUU was against it, when in fact the IPPIS is being used to pay other categories of workers in the country.

Those who sympathized with ASUU, cautioned that it was important for people to desist from issues they were not well informed on. They said ASUU members won’t subscribe to the IPPIS, which according to them, was heavily compromised. They added that those who have registered were now regretting.

Emir of Zazzau

The Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. He succeeds HRH Alh. (Dr.) Shehu Idris who died on Sunday, 20th September 2020, after reigning for 45 years.

While congratulating the new Emir, some Nigerians on social media said that Allah gives power to whom he chooses not necessarily because Bamalli was better than the other contenders for the throne. They prayed Allah to bless the emirate and help the new monarch discharge his responsibilities creditably.

A couple of others, however, said that the development had put to rest, the insinuation which trended on social media yesterday, regarding the balkanization of the emirate by the state government.

Zamfara

The news of Zamfara’s march towards gold refining has put the state up on the trend and at the same time opened up an interesting debate on social media.

While some said that the news emerging from the state was a welcomed development, others questioned the constitutionality of Zamfara refining gold, which according to them, is a mineral resource that ought to be under the purview of the Federal Government.

Countering the argument, few others submitted that though all mineral resources were under Federal Government’s control, state or individuals can apply for license to mine and refine them, and that therefore, Zamfara’s drive towards gold refining was in order and within the ambit of law.

Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Railway

President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended by Nigerians for approving the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railway project.

They said the rail line would connect, Bonny, Port Harcourt, Aba, Umuahia, Enugu, Makurdi, Lafia, Kuru, Bauchi, Gombe, Biu and Maiduguri. They added that it would reduce the cost of transportation in the Southeast and further stimulate economic growth along the corridor.

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