Social Media Trends For Thursday 10th December 2020
CNN and BBC
With over thirteen thousand engagements, CNN and BBC was one of the trending topics on social media, with several mixed reactions over the reportage of the EndSARS protests by the two international media.
President Muhammadu Buhari, via his verified Twitter handle @MBuhari, tweeted: "It must be said that foreign press coverage of the EndSARS violence was not balanced, especially from CNN and BBC. I was disgusted by the coverage, which did not give attention to the policemen that were killed, the stations that were burnt, and prisons that were opened."
While the President's view was countered by some EndSARS campaigners, one of several others who agreed with President Buhari's position @KOOLKING01, said "We knew CNN was compromised. They were up to something insidious. We are blessed to have you as our President Nigeria will succeed."
There was uproar in the early hours of today after a viral video showed a 17-year-old boy lying dead and covered with blood.
Those who reacted to the video footage said the boy, a tricycle operator, was shot dead by policemen in Rukpokwu area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, over his refusal to give the officers hundred naira.
This is as many expressed rage over the incident, calling on appropriate authorities to fish out the perpetrators. They said it was sad that the incident was happening at a time when there is high resentment against police officers over the brutality of innocent members of the public.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers, Nnamdi Omoni, said in a statement that the state Commissioner of Police condemned the incident and has ordered the immediate commencement of the Inspector’s Orderly Room Trial.
He also added that the officer will be dismissed and charged to court immediately for murder.
Nigerians have decried what they described as a 'new trick' of evading justice by corrupt public officials.
This follows the reported fainting of the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Taskforce Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, during the resumed hearing in his N2 billion money laundering trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Many like @AimThaMachine_, who recalled how politicians have been staging the fainting drama, said "From Ayodele Fayose - Olisa Metuh - Dino Melaye - Daniel Pondei - Sambo Dasuki and now we have a new player in this mix, the one, and only Abdul Rasheed Maina.
Same script; just fall sick and stall the court process or ask for international medical check-up. Same shit different toilet."
They said government must put a stop to this drama, which according to them, was another way to circumvent the fight against corruption.
Nigerians have called out Pastor Timi Adigun, the founder of MINE Ministry, a teenage and youth ministry known for their “Sexual Purity and World Virginity Day”, for alleged sexual abuse of under-aged girls.
Below reflect the over three thousand reactions on the allegation against the clergyman:
@TheIfeOluwa_x: "This is Timi Adigun. Timi preached abstinence to us while taking advantage of girls around him. Timi is a hypocrite and he must be held responsible for his actions."
@askifang: "You can't have consensual sex with teenagers who are below 18... Timi Adigun should be arrested and prosecuted for rape charges."
@iam_joshisrael: "This is hard to take, still fighting to believe this. I’m dumbfounded that @timi_adigun can be dragged for this damn thing for street o. The guts that these men have to disguise as Men/Servants of God to carry out their intentions loud."
@Tonybrainy: "Timi Adigun owned a teenager's church where all parents will allow their wards go because the movement is NO SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE, unknown to them, he has been taking them into the inner temple.
His secrets are out but he has started another church."