Every day on the Nigerian internet, there are people who keep our eyes glued to our phone screens as we read their rants, opinions, perspectives on political and social matters, etc. Sometimes, they are just downright ridiculous. We make it our job to take down the names of these noisemakers.
Too many things have happened in one day in Nigeria and this is how it unfolded:
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, at 8 pm in the night invited the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki to answer allegations that he was actively involved in the robbery case at Offa, Kwara, and about the time when he was supposed to appear before the IG, his convoy was blocked by the Police – the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu‘s residence was also under siege.
This happened – according to unconfirmed reports – so as to stop Saraki and some other Senators from defecting from the APC to the PDP, which Saraki himself mentioned in a statement:
This plot aimed at compelling me and my associates to stay in a party where members are criminalised without just cause, where injustice is perpetrated at the highest level and where there is no respect for constitutionalism is an exercise in futility and it will fail.
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) July 23, 2018
This defection also happened in the House of Representatives, after which the Speaker Yakubu Dogara‘s name was chanted as he entered the House today.
And just as we will always have it, social media has been abuzz.
Here’s our list from today:
1. Atiku Abubakar
The news of the sieges on the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, is both troubling and unsettling. No democratic nation ought to treat the leadership of its Parliament like common criminals. https://t.co/TOh1yGXD6Y
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) July 24, 2018
‘Troubling and unsettling’ indeed. How can the Commander-in-Chief even allow this to happen in a democratic dispensation? Especially after he promised to have repented?
Ogundamisi has something to say about this:
.@PoliceNG blocking @bukolasaraki's residence must be the most ill advised decision ever made. He's the President of @NGRSenate Yes he's not above the law but wait for him to report to Force HQ. Not just Saraki, you cant invite a Nigerian Citizen and then go block them at home. https://t.co/CLE1fv1KN8
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) July 24, 2018
Security operatives block Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,'s residence in Apo, Abuja… Senate President Bukola Saraki already invited by the Police by 8am… Is this a democracy?
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) July 24, 2018
Rehabilitating Buhari is a big mistake. How you hand over democracy back to those who truncated?
For those who are silent just because their principals are in line, your whiplash is coming.
It is not about Saraki. This is about the Office of the Senate President. https://t.co/VyD5pAFFiz
— Oluseun Onigbinde (@seunonigbinde) July 24, 2018
What’s happening today is actually not about Saraki or Ekweremadu. It is about our democracy. You don’t have to like them but everyone must protect this democracy. #DemocracyInDanger
— Bamikole Banks Omisore (@MrBanksOmishore) July 24, 2018
Interestingly, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is yet to defect. Hate him or love him, he plays this game really well. https://t.co/jI3q0cLdQh
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 24, 2018
He is sure a smart politician, just like Kelvin says:
1.Saraki got a tip that he'd be arrested.
2. Saraki decided not to sleep in his house
3. An empty convoy made its way to NASS
4. Police spends time blocking empty convoy
5. Saraki takes "keke napep" to NASS to oversee defection
6. Saraki won the game of chess.
— Kelvin Odanz (@KelvinOdanz) July 24, 2018
Maybe it's just me….Whenever I see or hear about Senate President Bukola Saraki, Its always as if I am watching Francis Underwood of House of Cards. Take it or leave it, he is a game changer. pic.twitter.com/SBWmgyul7X
— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadoosky) July 24, 2018
3. Eromo Egbejule
Anyone shocked by the presidency’s hounding of Bukola Saraki & Ike Ekweremadu clearly never heard of (or has forgotten)the Umaru Dikko Affair exactly 34 years ago this month.
Buhari ordered the kidnap of a citizen on foreign soil, so what is ordering arrest in his own backyard?
— Eromo Egbejule (@EromoEgbejule) July 24, 2018
We should actually be shocked. This man promised that he has repented and this is the office of the Senate President we are talking about and the Deputy Senate President. In a democratic nation! Or is it pseudo-democracy?
4. Dipo Awojide
Making a hero of Saraki and winning him sympathy; then, shitting on the Senate, Police and EFCC. Fantastic and intelligent moves from Mr Integrity. Sai Baba ????
— Dr. Dípò Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) July 24, 2018
Just like Ronaldo, Saraki is a G.O.A.T
They parked the bus against him
But he still stepped up and Scored the Free Kick
— Ebube D Statesman (@akaebube) July 24, 2018
6. Olu Loco
When the political elites are fighting, don't take sides. If roles were reversed, Saraki would do the same to whoever.
All this is never about the masses. They are settling scores in bid to control Power so that the side that wins can continue to share the National cake.
— OLU LOCO (@tope414) July 24, 2018
7. Kamaldeen Abdulsalam
Defecting Senators & Reps members have left the APC as far as i am concerned since the inception of Saraki & Dogara as the Senate President and Speaker respectively. That's why the leadership of the APC have scheme them out of the party arrangements for long.
It's long overdue
— Kamaldeen Abdulsalam (@IyandaKamal) July 24, 2018
8. Naufal Ahmad
Political cross carpeting is bad for Nigeria’s democracy.
Beyond just wining elections political parties should ba built on a shared ideological foundations that serve as a guideline for the politicians and their constituents.#Senate #Saraki
— Naufal Ahmad Netizen (@9aufal) July 24, 2018
9. Omoniyi Israel
Official Release of 3 full seasons.
Kwankwaso met Buhari last night n today led those that decamped to PDP.
-Game of Thrones
Saraki, always 15 steps ahead.
-House of Cards
15 Senators defect from APC to PDP.
-Transfer window, 2018/2019 season.?
Netflix could never!
— Omoniyi Israel (@omoissy) July 24, 2018
10. Gimba Kakanda
Imagine being serially insulted by a bunch of hirelings and fire-spitting minions for simply asking your own President – the man we all elected fa! – to deliver on his campaign promises. Imagine having to deal with such nonsense from citizens who have chosen to worship him.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) July 24, 2018
Sigh! The truth is that we are tired of these cycle of politicians since 1960!
Omoleye Omoruyi… an apprentice web/game developer, novelist, sensitive to happenings in the world. Meet him @Lord_rickie on Twitter/Instagram