Social media users reacted to a former presidetial aspirant, Adamu Garba’s statement that cattle are more valuable than Nigeria’s entire oil and gas reserve.
Adamu made the controversial statement in a series of tweets on Twitter in reaction to calls made by the chairman Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Bauchi State chapter for its members to vacate the 17 states in southern Nigeria over ban on open grazing.
His post read in part: “I perfectly agree with this proposal. All Fulani present in Southern Nigeria should come back. We shall use the cattle, process the resources, and sell all over the world as finished goods.
“Cattle have more economic value than the entire oil and gas reserve we have in Nigeria. Our major stakeholders in the North must admit cows as business opportunities not just culture & invest heavily to bring #CowToCurrency to reality. Cows alone can solve all Northen problems.
“The job opportunities, the manufacturing centres, & the connection to global hubs of demands for the best cattle meats can open more doors and set for the liberation of Northern Nigeria from cheap and somewhat, useless oil assets. We must invest in harvesting the value of cattle.”
These reactions and more followed the tweet:
The job opportunities, the manufacturing centers, & the connection to global hubs of demands for the best cattle meats can open more doors and set for the liberation of Northern Nigeria from cheap and somewhat, useless oil assets.
We must invest in harvesting the value of cattle
— Adamu Garba II (@adamugarba) May 17, 2021
And Buhari chose to be Petroleum Minister not Agriculture Minister?🤣 You are working hard; try find chair siddon. https://t.co/hu2zwp0sXf
— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) May 17, 2021
If Adamu Garba is not trending because of cow he will trend because of crowwe.
Stupidity addicted individual
— Samuel. A 📢💋🔫🇳🇬 (@MakinzSam) May 17, 2021
This is the reason why Adamu Garba is trending. pic.twitter.com/rX8Tp9bBEx
— T R N (@flexdada) May 17, 2021
Me when I see Adamu Garba chasing clout again😒 pic.twitter.com/rin9NZrw3b
— DE*LOY🎶🚙 (@iam_aydavid) May 17, 2021
Whenever there are real issues to debate on about the state of our nation,that is when Adamu Garba comes in. Please learn to ignore him like jack did…he’s nothing but a fool placed for distraction.
— OlaG3 (@Ola_G3) May 17, 2021
Between Adamu Garba and the media aides of Buhari, I don't know who is stupider. Adamu is just a clown, a foolish one.
— Blac-Ink (@alexblac_ink) May 17, 2021
Nigerians on social media on Monday also dragged an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, for allegedly abandoning his family in the United States to welcome a fourth child with his UK-based lover.
According to TheWillNigeria, Reno left his wife and three kids in the US to welcome the child whom he named after his ex boss, Goodluck Jonathan.
The report is coming barely a week after the outspoken activist stated that he had no sympathy for single mothers, except those who became single mothers as a result of rape. The statement was widely criticized by some Nigerians, especially celebrity single mothers.
In a series of social media posts he had tagged #RenoNuggets, Omokri once advised married men to desist from infidelity, noting that men should keep side businesses and stay faithful to their wives rather than keep side lovers.
The publication has come to many as a shocking contradiction of what he had radically preached against.
While his followers await his side of the story, some Nigerians did not cease to call out Reno’s ‘hypocrisy’.
I am hearing with one hear that "Pastor" Reno abandoned legal wife and pulpit in America to found a new "ministry" in the bosom and thighs of a London woman.
Is this the Lord's doing, Pastor How To Live Nuggets?
— Tenderbiggie Baby Face Assasin (Eru O B'odo) (@BayoAdedosu) May 17, 2021
He’s a crazy old man.
— je m’apelle Ehis (@ehigbaithegreat) May 17, 2021
This one too harsh na 🤣🤣🤣
— Moses Olalowo (@SPlowo) May 17, 2021
I've Changed the name to Buhari, is it true now?
— Latecomer Shitu (@shitu_shehu) May 17, 2021
Because he has sense.
— yemZie (@yemzie_) May 17, 2021
He for kuku show you him mama and him papa and him papa papa and him mama mama so you go know am intoto
— I N E M (@Inem_Inemesit) May 17, 2021
As if Reno left single mothers alone 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— bgfl❤️ (@maria00867) May 17, 2021
‘Hell Rufai’ not ‘El Rufai’ rose to the top of Twitter’s trends chart on Monday in connection with a protest organized by The Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) Kaduna chapter, over the mass sack of workers by the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai
The Union members marched in their numbers with banners, one of them reading; “Hell Rufai, stop poverty, hunger and insecurity. Stop the mass sack. Respect workers and human rights.”
The five-day warning strike, according to the NLC chairman Kaduna State, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, was for the government to reverse its decision and recall the laid off workers.
The Rigasa Train Station, Public hospital, filling stations and schools are reportedly under lock and key as workers protest against the mass sack of workers in the state.
See reactions to the banner below:
Hell Rufai 😂🤣🤣🤣🤣. That name has come to stay pic.twitter.com/QvgPqwhPRu
— Nina💕 (@Nellye190) May 17, 2021
The HELL RUFAI banner that was printed by Nigeria labour Congress for protests in Kaduna is hilarious. I love it.
— IFA FUNSHO (@funshographix) May 17, 2021
Kaduna state is often in the news for the wrong reasons. From herdsmen killings, kidnapping of students, banditry, illegal demolition of homes, disappearance of critics and now NLC strike.
No electricity. Banks, airport, schools have been shutdown.
Hell Rufai is pure evil
— Emeka Nnadozie (@ChNnadozie) May 17, 2021
Nigeria Labour Congress shuts down Kaduna over Hell-Rufai! Wish NLC leaders have enough balls to shut down Nigeria over Hell-Buhari! pic.twitter.com/qyKuO8h2QM
— Olusegun Iselaiye (@iotama22) May 17, 2021
– Isa Pandemic
– Lie Muhammed
– Adamu Garbage
– Desmond Idiot and now Hell Rufai
— Best E Ⓜ️ (@BestEhi) May 17, 2021
The meeting of the Southern Governors Forum, which resolved to place a ban on open grazing and push for Nigeria’s restructuring among other things, has continued to garner reactions from both politicians and the masses.
Following the reactions from Northern politicians, including Senate President Ahmad Lawan and former Vice President, Alh. Atiku Abubakar, social media users had these to say:
Atiku wasn't the only 'big man' that spoke against Asaba declarations by Southern Governors.
Even GEJ has just mentioned that meetings like that are detrimental to Nigeria's democracy.
The big deal here is how none of them seems to condemn it when Northern Governors meet.
— Benny (@BenUgbana) May 17, 2021
It’s disrespectful to Southerners that Alhaji Atiku didn’t say a word on the very serious allegations against Pantami even after being called out. That issue has been in the news for weeks. But he has quickly jumped on/criticised the progressive demands of Southern Governors.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) May 17, 2021
If Nigeria survives Buhari & elections hold in 2023, remember this
El-Rufai disengaged over 60,000 civil servants in 6 years, and threatened the labor leader
Atiku lost his voice while it was Pantami; a threat, but found it when a peaceful meeting was held by Southern Governors
— ᴋᴏɴʀᴀᴅᴇ (@Komrade_Konrade) May 17, 2021
There’s more meltdown over the meeting of Southern Governors on insecurity in the south than the actual insecurity in the country…
— CHYKO (@CHYQ_) May 17, 2021
“We cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine & what's yours is negotiable.”
— John F. Kennedy
I’ll leave this quote for Atiku. He must know that Nigeria is not a Buhari, Atiku, Sheikhs Gumi & Pantami Limited. The “Asaba Declaration” by Southern Governors, STAND!
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) May 17, 2021
When I tweeted about Atiku's selective opposition upon his silence on #IsaPantami I had one of d vilest bashing on twitter. Today, he is trying to gaslight southern governors for restructuring. I am actually not interested in d anti-people politics u people play. Make una getat!
— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) May 17, 2021
See how Northern leaders are terrified because of one Southern Governors meeting. I hope our Southern leaders understand the kind of power they wield and start making use of it from henceforth. Most of these Northern leaders didn't say shit during Pantami's case o.
— Unu Amaro Kam Siri Kwado (@AfamDeluxo) May 17, 2021
2. Now the Southern Governors have met, he became too clever by half, with that motivational thread
While I get the “focus” which is UNITY, which himself have practiced by marrying from Igbo (Onitsha precisely), Atiku refused to mention Pantami, the architect of the whole terror
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) May 17, 2021
The Southern Governors meeting was necessary. Even if not for the implementation of the resolutions, the mere fact that they met was a statement. A loud one. The scrambling & gerrymandering ever since the meeting tells you that it rattled 'them' badly. Shake things up!
— Sam Hart (@hartng) May 17, 2021
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