Social Media Trends For Wednesday 18th November 2020

Olayemi Esan

In case you got too busy to read some trending news on social media for Wednesday 18th November 2020, read them below:

The Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government trended on social media as Nigerians continue to lament over the unending industrial action embarked upon by university lecturers about 8 months ago.

Many said that the strike has disrupted their academic progress, leaving them at a point where they do not know whether to push on with their education or to go learn skills.

They also pleaded with both ASUU and the Federal Government to resolve the lingering dispute for the interest of Nigerian students, whose future was now at stake.

The defection of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State to the All Progressives Congress has continued to generate ripples in the Nigerian political space and as well as on social media.

The crux of the matter, according to social media analysts, now rests on the notion in some quarters, that Umahi's defection was for the best interest of the Southeast region, which has been agitating for the 2023 presidency.

This proposition, however, has been keenly contested, as some argued that there was no guarantee that the APC was going to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the Southeast.

According to them, governor Umahi's defection was driven more by personal interest, aimed at self-preservation, especially when considering the fact that 2023 politicking is beclouded with utmost uncertainty.

Despite the opposing arguments, many others believed that joining the APC would give governance in Ebonyi State a sense of purpose and direction, adding that the Party's performance at the federal level was worthy of commendation.


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has been drawn into the face-off between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government over the continued strike action embarked upon by university's lecturers in the country.

A cross-section of Nigerians on social media was of the view that NANS and the Student Union Government (SUG) in various universities needed to step into the matter by exerting pressure on both ASUU and the Federal Government to resolve the lingering strike.

But some, however, said that the Association lacks the moral ground to undertake such a bold initiative, having been heavily compromised and politicized to an extent that it no longer has a voice in student unionism.

South-South came up on the trend after it was reported that the Presidency snubbed governors, traditional rulers and other leaders from the region.

South-South leaders on Tuesday demanded an unreserved apology from the presidency for abruptly cancelling a stakeholders meeting scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt.

According to a statement from the Rivers State Government, the presidency had fixed a meeting for Tuesday with the Governors and other leaders of the region to discuss burning national issues, including the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.

The Federal Government delegation was supposed to include all the Ministers from the geopolitical zone.

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, has explained that the Federal Government's delegation was absent at the meeting because of an emergency meeting of the National Security Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the same day.

He said a new date for the meeting would be fixed after due consultations.

Meanwhile, some Nigerians have been trying to give the development an ethnic colouration, insisting that the Presidency could not have done what it did if governors and traditional rulers from the northern part of the country were involved.

This, was, however, countered by many others who saw the need for the postponement of the meeting, maintaining that national security was most important. They said those who were now criticizing the cancellation of the meeting would still be the ones to condemn the presidency for placing the meeting above national security.

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