Today (Tuesday) marked one week since the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters by men of the Nigerian military at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
In honour of the lives that were lost on that fateful night, Nigerians on Twitter raised to the trends table, hashtags like #blacktuesday, #LekkitollgateMassacre, #LekkiMassacre and #sorosokegeneration.
Issues bothering on politics and government policies also got maximum engagements on social media, as online platforms continued to serve as a tool in checkmating the progress of government at all levels.
These trends recieved the most engagements:
Twitter users called out Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello for referring to the #EndSARS protests as politically motivated and a foreshadow of the 2023 general elections.
In an interview with Channels TV (Sunrise daily), the Governor said: ‘Dear Nigerians, let me tell you what is happening today, this so-called #EndSARS is politically motivated. Whether anybody says it or not, I am saying it once again and you can quote me anywhere, any day and I will prove it to you.”
Further faulting the style of the protests, Bello said, “Why will you demand for five for five items which was granted and you refused to take it? Which struggle, agitation or uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership?”
The governor also blamed the country for failing to treat Covid-19 with the same sincerity it did with Ebola. He recalled that he had afore warned against accepting the “imported alien disease” which was bound to create economic problems in the long run.
Although insisting that the state had no record of Covid-19, the governor however admitted to receiving support and palliatives from the Federal government since the state was also economically affected.
Bello said he knows too much, that he'll spit!
He's only a decoy from APC to discredit youth.
— Certified trouble maker 🇳🇬 (@Ayoscaleb) October 27, 2020
Yahaya Bello is the youngest Governor in Nigeria. He also doubles as the most foolish and empty-headed Governor in Nigeria.
When we are beating the drum for "youth leadership" in Nigeria,we should always remember the caveat: youth leaders WITH SENSE."
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) October 27, 2020
Yahaya Bello is also showing us that a young person can be a Governor and remain clueless and Vision-less.
The self- acclaimed leader of the youth is a thug in disguise. My condolences to Kogi state people
— Adahor | (@adahorinc) October 27, 2020
Coming from a man who volunteered to lead the #endsars movement now he's saying the movement is been used by politicians…
Clowns in agbada
— $treetmade Bourgeois (@BooBooggie) October 27, 2020
Strangely he has been vindicated because Lockdown only made things worse everywhere it was implemented
— Paul (@Francheski64) October 27, 2020
In an interview with CNN host, Becky Anderson on Monday evening, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu admitted to the shooting incident by the military at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos based on footages and evidences gathered from the scene.
In what was described by most Twitter users as a grilling interview, the governor also promised to hold those responsible for the shooting accountable. And these got Twitter users talking.
— #EndSARS (@kizento_) October 26, 2020
The CNN presenter, Becky Anderson legit told Governor SanwoOlu that i asked a simple question when she asked about the full investigation of the Lekki incident.
Gov. SanwoOlu was stammering. Wow.
These Politicians fear international platforms 😭
Sky News should be next.
— POOJA… (@PoojaMedia) October 26, 2020
E go end in tears.
— MAZI EKENE. W. OBAJI (@KMilladine) October 27, 2020
The Television station has recieved commendations from most Twitter users for keeping up with their standard of unbiased reportage despite sanctions from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over reports on the #EndSARS protests.
Arise TV is the cruise. This morning, they were reporting their fine from NBC and all the fashola memes calling him inspector gadgets and fashola holmes 😂😂 I rolled on the floor 😂😂😂😂
— The Hair Plug (@Msmenalicious) October 27, 2020
If Audacity was a TV station, it'd be Arise TV 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/EeC0EAm0at
— Dvddy Muonso 🕊 🇳🇬 (@emekah_) October 27, 2020
“What more can happen? Haven’t we been fined?”
— t’nonchalant (@jibreelpro) October 27, 2020
Nigerian rapper and songwriter, Folarin Falana, a.k.a Falz also recieved love from his fans, from #EndSARS Protesters and from fellow celebrities, as he marked his 30th birthday on Tuesday.
Happy birthday Falz❤
— Ayobami (@blessedwithjoy_) October 27, 2020
Happy Falz day !! @falzthebahdguy ❤️🦅
— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) October 27, 2020
— Mesioye Ibrahim Mobolaji (@Hebrew30) October 27, 2020
Oath of Secrecy
The judicial panel of inquiry on cases of police brutality, which had some #Endsars protesters as youth representatives, had a sitting on Tuesday.
A document titled ‘Oath of Secrecy’ was allegedly handed to members of the panel to sign, and it became a matter of controversy.
Most Nigerians on Twitter pushed hard against signing the document, advising the youth representatives in the judicial panel to maintain that all activities of the panel would remain public.
Oath of Secrecy ? On a public matter? No no no!!!
— i Develop Websites™ 👨🏽💻 🅙 (@iamAbiodunAA) October 27, 2020
They’ll make them sign an oath of secrecy and they’ll make sure everything done behind close door is secrecy by then rinu and the other guy will be in problem with their conscience and they’ll stop saying truth forever.
This is the reason we need to change everyone in office
— #Endsars #endsarsnow 🩸 (@AdexCover) October 27, 2020
I will propose a street parliament be quickly constituted comprising people leading activities at Alausa & Lekki protests ground to check mate the activities of those representing us at this panel. Signing an oath of secrecy is a sign of ideological deficiency.#LekkiMassacre pic.twitter.com/VU7mRblCmR
— Towolawi Jamiu #EndSarsNow (@jharmo) October 27, 2020
Is this public panel being televised?…as far as I'm concerned I don't trust this government!
— Queenex (@EseQueenex) October 27, 2020
I’m at the Lagos Judicial Panel of Enquiry sitting. First observation, they’re late. #EndSARS
— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) October 27, 2020
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