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SocialMediaTrends: #RescueJangebeGirls, Osinbajo’s speech on Crypto & ‘failed arrest’ of Sunday Igboho

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The abduction of schoolgirls in Jangebe in Zamfara state and the speech on cryptocurrency by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo were some of the most-engaged discussion trends on social media on Friday.

Nigerians reacted massively to the following trends:

#RescueJangebeGirls, Another 300, Bandits, Gumi

Social Media users pushed for the rescue of yet another set of abducted pupils from a Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state by suspected armed bandits.

At least 317 school girls were reportedly kidnapped after the attackers invaded the school premises, heavily armed, in the early hours of Friday.

Security operatives deployed to the area are said to have begun a joint search for the abductees and their captors, but Nigerians on social media are decrying the rising spate of insecurity in the North.

The attacks have persisted despite negotiations initiated by the state governments and Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi with the bandits.

The latest abduction is coming only a week after students and staff of a Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State were kidnapped by armed bandits with no report yet of their release.

Nigerians reacted:

Read Also: SocialMediaTrends: Reactions trail CBN Governor’s ‘cryptocurrency created out of thin air’ comment

Osinbajo, Vice President

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo’s call for a regulation rather than prohibition of Cryptocurrency trading in Nigeria had Twitter users talking on Friday.

The Vice President shared a snippet of his meeting with the Bankers Committee Vanguard. In the video titled ‘We must act in knowledge, not in fear’, Osinbajo noted that blockchain technology was indeed the future of banking and that adopting the new development called for prudence and care.

“There is no question that blockchain technology and digital currencies in particular will in the coming years challenge traditional, including reserve banking in ways that we cannot yet imagine,” he said

“The point I’m making is, some of the exciting developments we see call for prudence and care in adopting them and this has been very well articulated by our regulatory authorities.”

Nigerians also called out the perceived lack of synergy between the Federal government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) after the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele had recently described cryptocurrency as “money created out of thin air”.

Sunday Igboho

Reactions have also trailed the alleged attempted arrest of self-acclaimed Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho by security operatives.

…By Okiemute Abraham

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