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Twitter Pulse Week 1

Welcome to the new year. Since Twitter is where the pulse of the nation can be felt, I realise that it would be nice to curate tweets the resonate with me.

The above image is the story of the GDP of Nigeria from 2000 to 2019. You can tell for yourself how well the current administration has performed.

Goodbye Nigeria

Goodbye Nigeria

A Twitter user finally achieved his goal of leaving Nigeria. He came on Twitter to celebrate and met with serious backlash.

Backlash
Backlash Continues

If that was all, I would not feel bad. Sadly, more was to come:

Bad Belle

Sadly, one of the commentators lives in Canada.

Wizard

Clout Chasing

How far people will go for clout can be seen in the actions of a Twitter user called Didi of Malaysia. When called out, she had no reply.

Clout Chasing

Rape Attitude

False Rape Allegation

Today rape has become trivialised. The prevailing attitude about rape is simply scary.

Rape Mindset
Rape Setup

Feast Afrique

Feast Afrique has released a digital library of culinary text. One of the reminders that Twitter like real life comes with its own ray of hope.

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Welcome to a New Year

In the last weeks of 2020, the NIN issue which hounded JAMB registration in the early part of 2020 reared its ugly head.

Amidst the panic caused by the sudden announcement that everyone must link their SIM cards to their NIN, we have made it into a new year.

I once wrote the article My Top 10 Predictions for 2020 for the year 2020. Considering the fact that I missed the most important event of the year 2020, I won’t be making any prediction for the New Year.

However, I wish everyone reading this a prosperous 2021.

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Chernobyl

The accident at Chernobyl exposed the underbelly of Soviet authority to the entire world. In some ways, the reactor was a metaphor for the state: outdated, crumbling, dysfunctional, headed towards its own implosion.

The Heroic Bitter Land of ‘Chernobyl’ – The Moscow Times

The entire episode of the Coronavirus in Nigeria has convinced me that the country is heading towards its own implosion.

This article will cover events in the 13th week of the year and some this week.

Covid-19: The Unravelling Of The Nigerian Elite

When a nation defines it elites by the amount of money rather than their contributions to society will eventually face and existential crisis.

The Nigerian elite has been revealed to be incapable of handling the entire situation. From the moment the first cases were identified, action should have been taken to lockdown the country.

Now we are all in the country faced with squalid hospitals where nothing works.

Coronavirus Curfew

After weeks of begging the President to address the country, when he finally did, he would declare a lockdown on Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states.

Unlike other nations where citizens are able to be catered to, the food provided to individuals that did get it left a lot to be desired.

Nigerian Army Removes General

The Boko Haram situation in Nigeria is in its 11th year. Yet, a brave General who could speak like this hasn’t been given the chance to prove himself.

Personally, I no longer believe that the nation wants to solve the problem. There are too many vested interests in the problem still being unresolved.

Chad Launches ‘Massive’ Joint Operation Against Jihadists

This week showed Nigerians what was possible when a leader leads from the front.

This article on Nairaland looks at this situation.

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Lockdown in Lagos

The above picture isn’t from a war scene. It is from an explosion that occurred in the Abule Ado area of Lagos State on the 15th of March.

Amidst the crying and pain from the event, there was more to come in the month of March as the Coronavirus kept spreading in the state.

As a result of this, a lockdown was declared by Lagos state. Then after a broadcast by the President of Nigeria, a new lockdown was declared in the state.

The absence of leadership from the center has been very glaring. At the end of the day, after being roused to action by clamours on social media, the broadcast happened.

Tomorrow will be the first day of the Lockdown. Bad governance will kill everyone.

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Where is Buhari?

Too much emphasis on actions that yields photo ops, heavily laden with noise, generating impacts with zero signal/substance.

Emeka Okoye

President Buhari himself has not been seen in public since March 19 when he made a brief appearance at a gathering to commission federal emergency telephone lines in Abuja. His failure to publicly address a nation in crisis has fuelled rumours about his health.

His media aides have, however, continued to issue statements attesting to his firmness, saying his silence at a time leaders across the world are vigorously providing leadership and guiding their people was deliberate.

On March 22, a 23-second video purporting to show the president talking about the coronavirus was abruptly deleted after exposing him as being unable to pronounce COVID-19, one of the most used words in the world.

At a time when the President is needed, he is missing in action. Last week, I took a position that we didn’t have a President in Nigeria. Time has proven me right.

Nigeria Receives Test Kits and Protective Gears Donated By Jack Ma

Last week, Nigeria took receipt of materials from Jack Ma. In a clear display of Federal Character, they were disbursed to Abuja rather than Lagos which is at the epicenter of the pandemic.

Toyota Camry 2020

Although there was no money to pay for testing kits, the Senators got their 2020 Toyota Camrys delivered to them.

The tragedy of Nigeria isn’t the lack of resources but the lack of a clear definition of priorities.

Leadership Style

This isn’t a good time to be a media handler to the President. The past week saw the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina defend the President’s refusal to address the nation.

The standards of leadership in Nigeria have been buried. A style of leadership of incompetence leading to tragedy is now the norm in Nigeria.

Later on, pictures of the President would be released online. They would be torn apart on Twitter.

Thanks to that leadership style, Nigeria has come under attack by the Imam of Peace. If you want truth in times like this, the Imam of Peace is a veritable source of truth.

Abba Kyari Admitted at London’s Hospital

Proving that the failure to deliver healthcare facilities in the country is the ultimate failure, the Chief of Staff of President Buhari, Abba Kyari has been admitted into a London hospital.

Akure Explosions

A vehicle carrying explosives caused a blast in Akure. If you believe in the tooth fairy, you would also believe that the company in question doesn’t have a name.

As COVID-19 Makes A Landfall In Nigeria, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

This opinion piece pretty much sums up all the fears about the Coronavirus in Nigeria.

It highlights the biggest danger at this time which is a leadership vacuum in the nation.

As of today, most governors are stepping into the gap to lead their states.

The silence of the President is making a loud sound. It is my hope that this crisis passes.