Social media has been a breeze since the last time we did this. Then again there is always stuff to talk about. Here goes your dose of gist during the course of the week.
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Thursday, a series of tweets showed up that shocked an already shocked “political” Twitter. The tweet came from the Federal Government’s handle stating that “bank account holders to fill out a form to verify who they are”. Needless, the Nigerian Twitter community kicked. Hard too. So hard, that by Friday, the tweet had been deleted and a “clarification” was put forward by the FIRS to the effect that the new rule did not apply to everyone.
We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly pic.twitter.com/KBiPh0lCwJ
— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) September 18, 2020
Many users have noted the suspicious nature of some of the obnoxious policies that different agencies have been putting forth since the last elections beginning with the border closure. Here are a few reactions:
When the government is incompetent and takes it's people for a ride, the result is chaos & confusion. As if Nigeria isn't already hard enough, they keep making it worse.
Corruption is, indeed, not our only problem. Add gross incompetence to the list.
— Bright Alozie (@bryt_alozy) September 18, 2020
Government in Nigeria use Twitter as a litmus test to know what policies to implement.
LASG did it with the 5% levy for movie production.
The FG and FIRS just tried it with this rubbish Self Certification Form.
Twitter NG – we are the watch dogs. The 4th Estate of the Realm.
— Tolulope Olorundero (@Tolucomms) September 18, 2020
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— #OriginalCopy 🧁 (@cuppymusic) September 16, 2020
Nigerian DJ, Florence Otedola, daughter of Nigerian business tycoon, Femi Otedola broke the internet this past week when she and her sisters announced to the country how their uber-rich father casually took them shopping and bought them each a Ferrari. The social media space went crazy. The reactions have been everywhere from comedic to even sober. I came to the conclusion that Nigerians enjoy being flexed on. Coincidentally, rapper Olamide also copped himself a Lamborghini around the same time. I just wonder what roads these exotic models will be driven on. However, trust Nigerians not to sit this one out.
Las las na marry dem go marry mr eazi. I hear say dem don buy am car, next na to pay him dowry.
Meanwhile Dj cuppy next song na "Garri in my ferrari"
— Samuel Mbah (@mbahdeyforyouuu) September 16, 2020
DJ Cuppy’s Dad Femi Otedola took his girls shopping and got them #Ferrari’s with customized plates!!! Goals‼️🙌🏽
May God give us the grace to this for our kids some day soon 🙏🏽😌
Congratulations @cuppymusic 💖 pic.twitter.com/qfDtg2tUO1
— Moji Sensei Delano (@MojiDelanoBlog) September 16, 2020
Election time is crunch time in this country and we know this because it is that time again in Edo and Ondo States. Increased police presence and general tension tell you just that. Interestingly, the FG is deploying thousands of policemen to Edo this weekend when Southern Kaduna is clearly under-policed. How typical, right? Anyways the elections in Edo is on Saturday so vote wisely and remember that misusing your vote will have serious consequences on your future. Stay safe while you vote, please.
Why will there be an ELECTION & looks like war zone. People are staring as a result of shock!@MaziNnamdiKanu @BBCWorld@julie4north@Israel_MOD@BBCBreaking@BBCNews@IpobEnuguTwit @EdoIpob @ipobdeltatwt @Abiastatetweet1 @Chibuzo76881211 @MrSomtoOkonkwo @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/lp5cxN0T6H
— Underscore Tunchi (@UnderscoreTunc1) September 18, 2020
So there is our roundup. You probably think there should be more but these were the very biggest trends on the social media space asides the much-reviewed reality TV show (you know the one). So meet me here next week for more gist. Stay blessed, readers.
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