You are welcome to your favourite weekend dish. This week, as always, we break down some of the ground-breaking news this past week: Award or Plaque: the MLK controversy, Buhari’s infamous visit to Lagos, PDP begs Nigerians for forgiveness as Atiku officially declares his presidential bid and Super Eagles’ cindarella run ends.
The week started with Nigerians basking in the euphoria of the wedding of the decade that had Bill Gates in attendance, then we heard the news that President Buhari was awarded by the Martin Luther King centre for his fight against corruption. At an event in Aso Rock, the King Centre represented by Naomi King and others presented the award to President Buhari and reportedly urged Nigerians to vote him for a second term. While we were chewing on that, the Centre came out to deny knowledge of the award, and it all seemed an arranged event.
Remember, there was a similar event with the same actor during the GEJ’s regime. And in a swift response to restore the almost battered image, the Federal government said it was not an award but just a ‘commemorative plaque’ to recognise the ‘giant’ strides of our president. As one of the representatives of the family said, Nigerians should appreciate them for seeing what we here have not seen in our president and not condemn. Condemn we won’t.
Meanwhile, President Buhari made a landmark visit to the Centre of Excellence this week and as it was with presidential visits in recent years, the city was shutdown. Even the declaration of a public holiday still couldn’t stop Lagosians who need to continue their hustle to maintain what is left of their lives which would probably have been way better, if the government was doing what it was supposed to.
We were told PMB is coming to commission the Ikeja Bus Terminal which is probably not ready to function and the Eko Atlantic City project. But the question is why they didn’t just tell us he is coming for 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium in commemoration of the 66th birthday of the APC National Leader and that the commissioning was an afterthought. Well, we hope the president has seen how popular he is in Lagos and he would consider that when making future decisions.
Also this week, the PDP apologised to Nigerians for 16 years of maladministration. Giving this apology was the new party chairman, Uche Secondus who tried to assure Nigerians that the party is now more mature and ready to give quality leadership. Furthermore, party spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan said the apology came because the party voted to replace them had brought untold hardship on Nigerians and they feel it is necessary to regain people’s trust in what they described as a rebranded party. Well, while this apology is good, does it mean the party is admitting to have failed us and trying to get another chance, even when they have not even provided a formidable opposition. We will like to believe Nigerians are that forgiving.
Meanwhile, latching onto this public apology, serial presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has officially ‘atikulated’ his intention to run (yet again) for the presidency in 2019. Atiku made this declaration in Port Harcourt, Rivers state while on a visit to Governor Wike and PDP chairman, Uche Secondus. In another forum this week, he also promised that if he wins, the youth will get a 40% stake in his cabinet, this is yet another pointer to the fact that he is targeting the youths in his campaign. Well, as the mist keeps getting clearer, arms are still folded and legs crossed as the nation awaits the decision of the incumbent president (not) to run.
Aside: INEC has said that 80 political parties are set to take part in the 2019 elections. The question is, does it mean because we have had issues with leadership over time, every Emeka, Segun and Adamu should now be contesting elections? Can these parties come together and give us a third force, oh sorry, a fourth one?
Lastly this week, the Cindarella run of the Super Eagles under Coach Gernat Rohr came to an end on Tuesday in an uninspiring 2-0 defeat to Serbia. Newcastle loanee, Aleksandr Mitrovic, who has been in a rich vein of goal scoring form since joining Fulham in January got a second half brace to give the Europeans a deserved victory in the friendly fixture at the Barnet stadium in London. This defeat has shown that the Eagles are not invincible and a whole lot still needs to be done ahead of the World Cup in Russia. But that said, we are still rooting for them to go all the way.
See you guys next week.