Social media roundup: NNPC’s ₦9 trillion contract scandal

On Sunday, October 1, Nigeria celebrated her 57th year of independence. While we all agree that we still have a long way to go as a nation, Nigerians expressed their patriotism on social media.

Let’s not get carried away

We remember our fallen heros


The mediocre independence day cake

While we continue to celebrate our great nation, some other interesting topics trended on social media this week. Here are a few of them.

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NNPC’s corruption scandal

This week, a letter written by Ibe Kachikwu — Minister of State, Petroleum Resources — to President Muhammadu Buhari was leaked on social media. In the letter, the Minister accused Mr. Maikanti Baru — the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of insurbodination and corruption. He also stated that all his efforts to meet with the president had proved abortive. Read the letter here and Nigerians’ reactions below.

Some threw shades at the president

In the president’s defence…

Some think Kachikwu should resign


It appears that Ibe Kachikwu has finally gotten the president’s attention as they were reportedly in a closed-door meeting. We look forward to learning the result of their meeting.

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Trouble in paradise?

Following the TSTV launch on October 1, two broadcasting companies have reportedly accused the Nigerian-owned satellite TV service of intellectual property infringement. Letters from beIN and Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited surfaced on social media this week.

From beIN– a global network of sports channels

From Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited

Some Nigerians believe DSTV was at work

TSTV has since issued a disclaimer

TSTV may be here to stay afterall.

The Monkey pox outbreak in Bayelsa

This week, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released a press statement revealing the outbreak of monkey pox in Bayelsa state. Monkey pox is a rare viral disease that occurs primarily in remote Central and West Africa near tropical rainforests.

Although it is similar to small pox, it is much milder. According to the NCDC, 11 cases have been identified and are currently receiving medical care.

Nigerians react to the news

We do hope the disease is contained before it spreads to other parts of the country.

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GTBank’s bad week

During the course of the week, customers of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) experienced service disruption and they took to social media to complain.

GTBank apologises to their customers

Happy customer service week!

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