Social Media Trends for Monday 27th July, 2020


4th of August
Mix reactions have continued to greet the announcement by the Federal Ministry of Education, stating that secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only. This therefore means that students will have two weeks to prepare for WAEC due to begin on 17 August, 2020.

While some Nigerians on Twitter hail the decision, others are of the view that the development was coming on a rather short notice.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of some railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridors after deserving Nigerian citizens.

They include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo – Kajola station, Babatunde Raji Fashola-Agege station, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti-Papalanto station, and Wole Soyinka-Abeokuta station, among others.

Many have expressed surprise at the omission of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the list, but maintained that the Egba nation has been honoured since nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka is included and that was fair enough.

Mali Crisis
Leaders of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) have called on the 31 parliamentarians holding controversial seats to resign.

This was one of the resolutions reached by the ECOWAS leaders at the end of their extraordinary meeting held virtually on Monday morning.

774,000 Jobs
The Federal Government has allocated 10 per cent of the 774,000 job slots in the special public works programme to politicians, the spokesperson for the Kano State selection committee, Abubakar Muhammad-Janaral, has disclosed. He said this was to prevent interference by politicians.

Stamp Duty
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has assured that stamp duty will not be collected in arrears from tenants. It also said it should not be collected from tenants by landlords.

The Executive Chairman of the Service, Muhammad Nami, disclosed this as part of the planned stamp duty palliatives for tenants.

As the dust raised by the sudden defection of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara is yet to settle, People’s Democratic Party BoT Chairman, Walid Jibrin, has said the 2023 political ambition of Dogara, was responsible for his exit from the Party.

Executive Jets
The Federal government has lifted the ban placed on the Executive Jets Services which conveyed musician Azeez Fashola in breach of Covid-19 protocol in mid June.

The airline service was suspended indefinitely by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika for violating the licence approved to operate a flight from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has stated that Nigeria is safer and more secured than it was five years ago.

He made the assertion during a sit-out with Wounded Soldiers ln Action (WIA) in Kaduna State.

Boko Haram
The reintegration of 601 repentant Boko Haram terrorists into communities continues to generate lots of reactions.

The hashtag which is mischievously being promoted, is being used as propaganda by the likes of Imam of Peace and Reno Omokri, who are hell-bent on pushing out a wrong narrative about the Buhari Administration.

Toke Makinwa
Media personality, Toke Makinwa, has allegedly lost her Banana Island house to the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

The development has sparked reactions as the said mansion was allegedly bought by her billionaire boyfriend, Festus Fadeyi, Chairman and Managing Director of Pan Ocean Nigeria Limited, while being heavily indebted to Skye Bank.

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