Social Media RoundUp: Did You Know that the Dollar Crashed to N182 this Week?
It has been a very fun week on social media. A lot of opinions and discussions were shared on some topical issues this week. From the fake crash in the price of the dollar, to President Buhari’s “fake” Martin Luther King Award, to Ambode declaring holiday for the President’s Lagos trip and the eventual traffic shutdown, we have all the takes. So without further ado, here are the top issues that rocked the social media this week.
President Buhari a Gets Fake Award?
On Monday, the President was given the First Black History Month National Black Excellence and Exceptional African Leadership Award by “the family” of famous human rights activist, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, the late activist’s family has officially denied giving the president any award. This caused a huge issue on social media.
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) March 28, 2018
Martin Luther King Jrn’s Family denies giving Buhari award
— Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) March 29, 2018
— Ibe (@utellmemore) March 29, 2018
Buhari definitely the best comedian we have in Nigeria now ..
— UBV (@pezeoffor) March 29, 2018
April Fools Day Comes Early: Dollar Crashes To N182
Okay, if you weren’t on social media, you would have missed this. But on Tuesday, it appeared there was a glitch in Google’s currency converter. The exchange quoted a price of $1 = N182, meaning the dollar had crashed! But it was fixed soon after.
People immediately began to share their reactions to the story.
— Ashrepublic.com.ng (@HOF_ayomidte) March 27, 2018
You've been saving some dollars, waiting for naira to fall more, and your village people decide to play with you😂 pic.twitter.com/CuU4tVJl4p
— Illionaire🍯 (@jesstake) March 27, 2018
But please, is the 182 Naira to 1 USD correct so I can travel out to the abroad quickly before it goes up again?
— Omope Abdulazeez (@Iam_Abdulaxis) March 27, 2018
When yahoo boys see the "new" dollar to naira exchange rate pic.twitter.com/sbmHW8XsSY
— Four-eyed Edo boy™ (@Alex_Houseof308) March 27, 2018
Was i the only one that shouted YES JESUS when Dollar was N182 earlier this week??
— Toolz O.D (@ToolzO) March 29, 2018
I over shout ,I tried buying dollars on the spot I saw it in d bank and the exchange Mallam beside me almost went into twear when he found out it switched back to 360 , almost cried too 😭😭
— Mr LagosClothing (@SenatorDebola) March 29, 2018
Ambode Declares Public Holiday for Buhari’s Lagos Visit
At the start of the week, the Lagos state government declared Thursday, 29 March as a public holiday, to mark the President’s visit to the state. President Muhammadu Buhari was going to be in town to launch a bus terminal. A good one, but people couldn’t believe Ambode’s decision to shut down the economy of Lagos!
@DrJoeAbah Can someone pls explain to me Y @followlasg is shutting down the 4th largest economy in Africa for 1 day bcos President Buhari is visiting? If @AkinwunmiAmbode cannot see d implications, @MBuhari MUST! We’ve successfully fought “Environmental Saturday’s”, now this? Smh
— Vera (@roshawn6869) March 29, 2018
Buhari goes to Kano, the almajiris there can climb billboards and treetops.
Buhari comes to Lagos, person no go fit use road again?
Is Lagos as dangerous as Maiduguri or Kano where Bokos reside?
— Okonkwo Emmanuel (@IamemmanueldCEO) March 29, 2018
Can’t he just Skype with us from Abuja..Just saying😧
— Mr.Enny (@ennycee002) March 29, 2018
So i heard LAGOS the 4th Larqest city.. A city tha Generates $250million everyday is shutdown.. Cus #PMBinLagos is cominq to commission of-all-freakinq-thinqs a common Bus Station! Nat even a rail station.. A friqqin' Bus Station! History 'll surely remember u sir.. @Gidi_Traffic
— VIÇ.. MiçhaeLs.. (Rights Activist) (@Official_Gamist) March 29, 2018
Teacher: what do you want to be when you grow up
Me: a president
Me: so that I can shut down a city when I want to, commission bus stops and attend birthdays all in one day!
— officialhouseboy (@ohouseboy) March 29, 2018
Its the same @MBuhari the man who cancelled the Lagos Metroline in 1984 and paid huge compensation (enough to complete the project) to the French Contractor that handled the project now he is to commission a BUS STATION in 2018, 34, years after! Sad!
— Akpante Marshal (@Akpante) March 29, 2018
So for this reason the governor of Lagos state has declared Thursday a Public Holiday when already there is a 4 days Easter break from Friday till Monday….Truly Common Sense is not as common as we all think..@AkinwunmiAmbode u need to have urself checked
— OVER, BUT NOT OUT… (@ambassadoriffy) March 29, 2018
Buhari Arrives Lagos, Traffic Wahala Goes Beyond Normal
When the President finally arrived the city on Thursday, Lagosians faced untold hardship due to traffic congestion. People expressed their displeasure at the situation and couldn’t wait for the President to leave so life could return to normal.
I'm no campaign strategist, but I can give #PMBinLagos and APC some free advice here: pointlessly shutting down #Lagos, simultaneously annoying 20 million people, and getting policemen to rough up women for trying to use pedestrian bridges is a bit of an 'own goal'. https://t.co/N5VZ9J4dce
— Matthew T. Page (@MatthewTPage) March 29, 2018
#HelloSir @AkinwunmiAmbode Eh-Sir, this moring I av trekkk from Sango to Mongoro because Say-Baba is coming to open bus stop in Lagos. is it fiar like that?
Sir, there's kpandamonium everywhere. Pls epp. #PMBinLagos pic.twitter.com/Gdrv8lREIT
— Lagos Class Captain (@AmbodeObsarver) March 29, 2018
these policemen & lastma are literally telling people not to take the pedestrian bridge just because the president of the country wants to pass through…
people are literally waiting..been here for 15mins and it's all stand still.. under this scorching sun for God sake pic.twitter.com/AlIrVFAS68
— Hunting Season 📸 (@waleSUCRE) March 29, 2018
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) March 29, 2018
It was terrible especially in Ikeja. Spent almost 2 hours between OPEBI and AROMIRE.
— Ibomhen I. (@ImeIbom) March 29, 2018
Please if you don't have any important thing to do arnd Ojota /Maryland axis,just stay back or use alternative route.Ojota to Maryland is nt g2g ATM @Gidi_Traffic
— Busayo Ademiku (@BusayoAdemiku1) March 30, 2018
— Kingsleê (@Mistakingso) March 29, 2018
— 💎Swagger👑Daddy💎 (@ernieomene) March 29, 2018
On the day the most ultra modern bus stop in Nigeria was opened in Lagos, Lagosians trekked like ancient men to their destinations.
What an irony.
Please give a proper headline to this story.@Gidi_Traffic
— THEJUSTICEMAN (@lorddxcel) March 29, 2018
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