This week was a rollercoaster of buzzy stories, from politics to pop culture and while we routinely reported each of these stories from our YNaija desk, here’s a roundup of everything that went down in the past six days and are still trending today:
Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
There’s an ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has led to 1,400 deaths so far. This has consequently led to the first Ebola case reported in Uganda, where a five-year-old boy arrived the country after crossing from the DRC. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, the boy was diagnosed of the virus along with his grandmother and three-year-old sibling and died in an isolation unit. Stay safe, guys.
“The young patient – 5- year-old index case of #Ebola died last night. Two more samples were sent to UVRI and have tested positive. We, therefore, have three confirmed cases of #Ebola in #Uganda“- @JaneRuth_Aceng https://t.co/oypAqpNZEW
— WHO Uganda (@WHOUganda) June 12, 2019
The suicide bombing in Borno
The suicide bombing this week in Borno rippled through social media and according to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Monday, 30 persons lost their lives while 42 others were injured when three suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Mandarari community of Konduga Local government area of the state. It’s just scary to think that we might be back to the reign of suicide bombings.
I commiserate with the families of the victims of yesterday’s Viewing Center bomb blasts in Mandarari, Konduga LGA of Borno State. My deepest condolences to all those affected.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) June 17, 2019
The Lagos State government insisting that the Lekki hotel rape case will still proceed
In an interesting development on Tuesday, the Lagos state government said that trial of Don-Chima George and Olusegun Rasaq will continue despite the appeal for a case withdrawal by the victim they raped. If you recall, George and Rasaq were accused of rape by a 24-year-old woman in February this year, whose drink was spiked in a nightclub before she was taken to a hotel in Lekki, owned by George’s father. If you can’t remember their faces, here:
I hope they rot in jail.
New GMD of the NNPC and the Kyari ”nepotism”
Just after Mele Kyari was installed by Buhari as the new group managing director of the NNPC, his appointment stirred reactions online as some Nigerians wondered why Buhari would appoint a ‘relative’ to Abba Kyari, his Chief of Staff. Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmaad, tried to clarify this on Thursday saying both men were not related:
Despite the fact that Mr. Mele Kyari the recent appointed GMD of the NNPC is from Borno State but he is NOT related to Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President as some social media users are busy sharing the fake news.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) June 20, 2019
Abba Kyari and Mele Kyari may not even be related.
Kyari in Borno is like Bello in Ilorin.
But people waiting to criticise anything are already making noise.
— A, Tunde Abdulrahman. (@berbzz_) June 20, 2019
>>Abba Kyari – Chief of Staff
>>Mele Kyari – NNPC GMD
>>Ms. Aisha Abba-Kyari – Assistant Vice President, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA)
Welcome to the Federal Republic of Kyari
And where are the APC Online Herdsmen?
— Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) June 20, 2019
The Super Falcons qualifying for the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup
The Super Falcons reached the last 16 on Thursday by picking the last of four qualification slots reserved for the best third-placed teams in the groups, 3 of which had earlier been picked by Brazil, China and fellow Africans, Cameroun.
Congrats, @NGSuper_Falcons! 🇳🇬
— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 20, 2019
Despite losing their first and last group games to Norway and hosts,France respectively, a dramatic 3-3 draw in the final Group D match between Argentina and Scotland brightened the African champions’ hopes of qualification and was further sealed with the final Group F result as the girls from Chile failed to beat their Thai counterparts by at least a 3-goal margin to pick the last slot ahead of the Thomas Dennerby’s ladies.
Tiwa Savage repping dark-skinned women or something like that
Tiwa Savage posted a picture of herself on Twitter this week, saying she didn’t see ”brown skin women” while growing up and how she, as a dark-skinned woman in the industry, wants to be that representation. Her picture came with scrutiny and criticism, which tried to undermine her valid experience given that she grew up in the UK.
You didn’t see many “brown skin women” to look up to in Nigeria, Tiwa? https://t.co/QokCgYbSIh
— A10 (@AmaraKayden) June 20, 2019
I’m actually surprised at how many people didn’t know Tiwa Savage was raised in the UK , she was even on X factor back in the day .
Just like Lola Rae was on Britain’s got talent and Seyi shay.
Wait till you guys find out D’banj and Don Jazzy came out of the UK scene also
— Rosewood🤴🏾🌹 (@DammyRosewood) June 20, 2019
WE bully a lot on social media. If Tiwa says this is her experience while growing up, we should not dismiss her as a copycat or something. Let’s live and let live. https://t.co/GTqPHK9q7b
— Bambam (@Prideoflife2018) June 21, 2019
Miyetti Allah calling for establishment of Fulani vigilantes in South-East
To combat security, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) called for establishment of Fulani Youth Vigilante body in the South-East to complement those in their host communities’ and other constituted security apparatus in the zone.
However, this didn’t go down well with the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo. The president of the group Chief John Nnia Nwodo said they would resist Fulani vigilantes in Igboland. The controversy has also generated reactions online, with many saying it was a recipe for disaster.
Miyetti Allah is offering Vigilante Services in the South East. This is ridiculous! The SE is enjoying peace.
I expect Miyetti Allah to take their services to the North where there is bombings, killings and massive displacement.
Charity they say, “begins at home”.
— Savn Daniel (@savndaniel) June 21, 2019
When did Miyetti Allah become a pressure group that can make demands like the Labour Union? What is going on in this country?
— Art. (@LadyDreyx) June 21, 2019
The wise response to the Miyetti Allah’s plan to establish a vigilante group in the South East isn’t to shout/cry. It’s for Leaders of the Zone to strategically engage themselves & come up with a master plan; call forth your Bakassi Boys and set plans in motion to activate them.
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) June 21, 2019