For folks who are well informed and love to keep up with events and happenings as they break, I’m certain that you will agree with me that the just concluded week was filled with so many shocking and surprising events, some of which were never imagined to have been possible, but actually happened in the course of the week, both within the shores of Nigeria and internationally too. However, for this article, the crux of this analysis of the biggest stories will be events that affect a wide section of Nigerians.
So, without any delay, sports fans, especially football fanatics and in particular, Manchester City football club fans were on Monday jubilant with the news that their club was crowned English premier league, EPL, champions after Manchester United lost 1-0 to relegation-threatened West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday. After resilient defence, West Brom delivered the blow on uUnited in the 72nd minute of the game to silence the entire Old Trafford.
The English premier league’s win became Pep Guadiola’s second trophy in England after he won the Carabao cup in march.
And while a section of Nigerians were still celebrating their club side’s win, Tuesday morning came with a news story that i’m certain would have made almost every mature Nigerian angry when British prime minister, Theresa May called for same-sex marriages in Nigeria and all other countries within the Commonwealth.
She said this while speaking at the first joint forum at Commonwealth Head of Government meetings, in Westminster. I wonder what must have prompted such assertion from the prime minister, considering the fact that her proposition is the least in the agenda of Nigeria or other African countries at the head of government meetings. But, it’s her opinion though and she has a right to express herself freely, as long as she doesn’t foist the idea down the throat of our leaders.
Moving on, Wednesday came with one event that is unprecedented and is almost unbelievable when you consider the reality in carrying out what really happened. There was mild drama in the senate after the mace, which is the official symbol of the senate was hijacked.
The Nigerian national assembly is one of the most heavily guarded places in the country, and only five persons broke all of these security apparatuses and successfully absconded with the symbol that symbolizes the power of the senate. Some people would say that it is only in Nigeria that this anomaly can happen, but thinking of it critically, it ought not to have happened and is a shame on the country and our democracy. I wonder how secured Nigerians are if this could have happened.
The suspended lawmaker representing Delta central senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was accused of leading thugs to steal the mace at the senate.
And to the biggest story of the week (in my opinion). This one hit Nigerians in the face and a lot of Nigerian youths, including folks beyond youthful age are still talking about it at the moment. On Thursday, president Muhammadu Buhari said many Nigerian youths were uneducated, lazy, not ready to work and dependent on revenue from oil to survive.
He said the youths, who make up 60 percent of the population, were waiting to get social amenities free without doing anything. the annoying aspect of the story is that the president spoke during a panel discussion at the commonwealth business forum in Westminster, London. In the presence of world leaders, making us a laughing stock to the world. I wonder where his wisdom went to while he was making that comment. the consequence of his comment has been many memes, talks and articles dissecting and analysing this comment.
Moving further in the week, a shocking event happened in the world of football when Arsene Wenger announced in a shocking press statement that he will be quitting as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
Going by the very little knowledge I have about football, i know that a lot of Arsenal fans would have considered this good news considering the series of ‘failures’ that the club has gone through for a while now. However, due to Wenger’s stake in the ownership of the club, nobody saw this happening this way. But it has happened and we await when he will finally hand over the reins to someone else.
The Frenchman joined the Gunners in 1996 and won three premier league titles and several other trophies, leading the club to an unbeaten league campaign in 2003/2004.
Finally, just yesterday, Saturday, the nigerian army said its troop successfully repelled an attack by Boko Haram terrorists at Gamboru-Ngala, Borno state.
The director of army public relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu in a statement said that one of the insurgents was killed while others fled due to the superior fire power of the army. unfortunately, one soldier died in the operation. The troops however recovered a lot of sophisticated weapons from the terrorist group.
The last story above ends this week’s edition of Newsquake, until we come again next week with the summary of the biggest stories of the week, do have a great week ahead of you. remain in peace. peace out!