Nigeria still scores low in corruption
Also this week, Transparency International released report that Nigeria is 148 out of 180 in least corrupt country index. Nigeria scored 27/100 in this year’s rating, one mark below the score in 2016 rankings and one above that of 2015.
This news actually churned some stomachs who still believe we are in an anti corruption era. But wait, haven’t we been fighting this corruption since? How come we still rate high in the standings?
In a swift response, the FG came out to defend itself. As usual, the government of the day blamed past governments for the rating. It further reiterated that its Anti corruption game is still strong and the report by Transparency International is probably untrue. But we all know who to believe, don’t we?
This Indecisive President
So we are slowly advancing into the election season, we have started witnessing the concomitant frenzy and propaganda. We have also started witnessing people throwing their hats into the ring. It is no longer news that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has already started his campaigns albeit subtly, we also had our favourite governor, Ayo Fayose. More recently, we have had Donald Duke and Pastor Tunde Bakare also initiated interest in the race, well this past week, we had two prominent personalities also join the race, World Famous motivational speaker, Fela Durotoye formally declared he is running for presidency in 2019 and while we were still ruminating over that, World Famous troublemaker and activist, Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters fame also declared his interest.
While all these is going on, our principal actor still has us in suspense. It was reported that President Muhammadu Buhari this week asked the APC to give him time to decide whether or not he would be vying for a second term.
This our president seem to have issues with taking decisions, it always takes him time to do almost everything. It took him time to appoint ministers, appoint heads and members of the board of parastatals, make a decision on herdsmen and even delivering on campaign promises. Everything is just taking him time.
We would have expected him to get serious and plain with us once and for all but it seems he just has the ‘mumu button’ of most Nigerians.
Like Chibok, Like Diptcha
So, we heard that in Yobe state, the technically defeated Boko Haram insurgents struck again. This time they attacked a school on Monday, precisely Government Secondary School in Daptchi, and abducted some girls from the school. While there has not been a clear report of the number of girls abducted, we had various contradicting reports. From girls were abducted to no one was abducted.
It was reported later that some of the girls have been rescued by gallant men of the Nigerian Army but the Yobe state government has come out to say, none of the girls have been found yet.
Come to think of it, it was around this time before the 2015 elections that something similar happened. We hope we are not headed in that direction again?
APC House of Cards falling?
All does not seem well between the APC ranks. PMB had weeks earlier appointed national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu to help reunite the warring factions of the party ahead of the upcoming elections.
Apparently, Tinubu was not happy with what he found as he set about his job that he had to show his letter writing skills too. He wrote an open letter to the Party Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun who he accused of sabotaging his efforts. This led to some rancour and the president had to meet with the chairman. The Chairman replied the letter though, and in it, all he said was thank you sir, God bless you. Amen.
In Kaduna state, a faction of the APC had suspended, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai and the next day, they had their secretariat demolished. The Governor also sued his major adversary in the state, Senator Sani Shehu for damages to his person over his comment on this issue.
And in a related development, the chairman of Northern senators forum, Senator Sani Muhammed was suspended because he couldn’t provide the sum of N70m in his custody. Legend has it that the money was swallowed by a monkey where he kept the money on his farm.
Nigerians are probably just understanding the real meaning of the movie ‘Snake in a Monkey Shadow’.
Much Ado about NFF awards
So we had the first Aiteo/NFF Awards this week to honour Nigerian footballers who blazed the trail last year. Chelsea and Nigerian midfielder, Victor Moses won the Male player of the year while AssisatOshoala won the Female player of the year.
The contentious issue however is the Legend list released by the NFF. The list is a blend of both Super Eagles and Super Falcons players. Many are of the opinion that the list should have been separated, with the array of stars that have represented this country in the past, why should we have a combined list?
Another contentious issue is that the names of RashidiYekini and Stephen Keshi were conspicuously missing. How can we have a list of Nigerian legends without these two. Could it be because they are both late and the NFF would rather celebrate the living? Jamb question.
There you have it again beautiful people, please join us next week for another breakdown of the news.
Have a blessed week ahead.