Nigerians have reacted over the approval given to the Dangote group by the Federal Government to export cement to West African countries through Nigeria’s land borders.
They said it was unfair to allow Dangote export cement through land borders while disallowing Lafarge and BUA companies from doing so.
They urged the Federal Government to correct the anomaly, if not the move would be seen as discriminatory.
Some, however, see the exemption of Dangote Cement as a softening of the government’s position on the border closure that started in August last year, and believe it could open the way for other businesses to fully resume exports across the country’s land borders.
The social media space was agog with reactions after an activist, Kenechukwu Okeke, filed a criminal complaint before a Chief Magistrate’s court in Abuja against 50 persons for their alleged roles in the #EndSARS protests that took place last month.
According to reports, Okeke had alleged that during the riot, his properties were destroyed and the defendants who promoted the #EndSARS protests must be brought to justice.
Those listed as defendants include the Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, musician Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz; and social media comedians, Debo Adebayo aka Mr. Macaroni, and Maryam Akpaokagi aka Taoma.
Other musicians sued include Peter and Paul Okoye, Innocent Idibia aka Tuface, Bankole Wellington popularly known as Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Michael Ajereh aka Don Jazzy, and Yemi Alade.
Apart from musicians, others listed as defendants include; activist, Aisha Yesufu; ex-Super Eagles legend, Kanu Nwankwo; a former Director-General, Bureau for Public Sector Reform, Dr. Joe Abah; journalist, Kiki Mordi, and actors, Yul Edochie and Uche Jombo.
Social media influencers – Feyikemi Abudu, Olorunrinu Oduala, Pamilerin Adegoke, Japhet Omojuwa, Ayo Sogunro and Deji Adeyanju were also included in the suit.
The development attracted series of reactions on social media as many slammed the petitioner and described him as a cloud chaser.
Decrying the level of destruction heralded by the EndSARS protest across the country, some however maintained that the protest was unnecessarily prolonged, which was why it was hijacked by hoodlums to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.
The danger of fake news in the society was again brought to the fore after the false publication of Rahama Sadau’s arrest by police circulated all over social media. Her family members confirmed that Sadau is fine and debunked reports of her arrest by the police.
Even those who opposed the social media bill joined other Nigerians to frown at the development, urging people to be careful with the way they circulate unverified news.
Some said that the Social Media Bill, although not the best option, would help sustain peace between Islam and Christianity and check the menace of fake news being spread by some persons to incite hatred between the northern and southern parts of Nigeria.
Oyo was on the trends following the inauguration of the State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Police Brutality, Violation of Rights of Citizens and Unlawful Killings. The panel is made up of eleven members led by Justice Bolajoko Adeniji (retired), as Chairman.
Members of the panel are drawn from the legal community, the National Human Rights Commission, the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), the National Youth Council of Nigeria, youth representatives of End SARS protesters and the community.
Those who reacted on social media applauded governor Seyi Makinde, adding that one of the most admirable things about the State was the number of young people in top leadership positions.
They said the State is driven by young minds with a leader who understands the people and described the governor’s loyalty as top-notch.
They also chipped in a word of commendation over opposition to the social media bill by the Oyo State House of Assembly.