Welcome to your weekly dose of news, as we serve you all the news bits that shook the town in the past week. This is newsquakes
The week started with Senate president, Bukola Saraki featuring in yet another scandal. The police had paraded the suspects who allegedly carried out the Offa robbery which left about 30 people killed and millions of naira carted away from four banks. In their confession, the suspects claimed they were armed and funded by the Senate president, Saraki and Kwara state Governor, Ahmed Abdul Fatai. One of the suspects was even identified as a close aide of the governor. This led to an uproar, as the Police invited Saraki to give his side of his story but later backpedalled and asked him to respond in writing. While we wait for what happens after this, thetransverse.com seem to wonder if Senator Bukola Saraki ever does anything good or maybe his good deeds never get into the news, either way, as a typical Nigerian, he continues to trudge on, scaling one debacle after the other. This is one scandal too many for one person, maybe the most in history for a person holding such a revered position in the country but then, last we checked he was still the Senate president.
As protests and counter-protests were going on over the ‘Senator’s president’ (According to Sen. Ali Ndume), members of the national assembly after a joint closed door meeting has threatened to impeach President Buhari if he does not sit right. They gave him a 12 point agenda to work with and if he fails, the legislature might be compelled to invoke its powers. Well, most of the conditions are things we know already: state of insecurity, rule of law, deepening democracy, and fight against corruption. There was also a recommended sack the Inspector General of Police. What we did not see, however, is that the executive should stop planting cases against the Senate President but we believe its there somewhere. By the way, there was also a unanimous vote of confidence on both the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. Not many Nigerians are confident of that vote of confidence, we want to believe.
Meanwhile, while the senate were doing their thing and MURIC was busy haggling Falz to take down his music video, “This is Nigeria” which had ladies in hijab dancing shaku shaku, the presidency made a ground breaking announcement. June 12 will now be the official Democracy day, starting from next year in recognition of the election popularly regarded as the ‘freeest and fairest’ in Nigerian history. It was cancelled by the then Military head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida but 25 years later, the presidency has agreed to recognise this day and also give a post-humous award of the Grand Commander in Chief (GCFR) to the winner of the election, late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. This announcement has however generated a lot of public debates over its legality, logicality and significance. While some were of the opinion that it is long overdue, others see it as just a political statement to appease the Nigerians especially those from the southwest ahead of the 2019 elections. Prominent Nigerians have reacted to this as popular lawyer including our reality TV senator, Dino Melaye said the award is for Nigerians and not dead people. But generally, the move as been accepted across the divide as a good move to award Abiola who was said to have sacrificed his life for the democracy we enjoy today. Politics or not, the people especially the Yorubas are elated that President Muhammadu Buhari has done what even former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is from the same state with Abiola, could not do.
Talking about Obasanjo, in a rather unusual manner, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made a public outcry that Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is gathering evidence against him to initiate his arrest. This news came as a shock to many Nigerians who had hitherto believed that Obasanjo is untouchable. Well, in a swift response, the presidency had responded saying if OBJ’s hands are clean he would not be afraid of arrest. Recall that Obasanjo has been a vehement critic of Buhari’s administration and has even formed a party to drag the position with him come 2019. We wait to see if the OBJ’s outcry was foul or perhaps something big is really coming.
So lastly, the whole world was held spellbound by the beauty of the Super Eagles jersey so much that it sold out within minutes after its launch. However, that much cannot be said of the team itself as it continued its lacklustre performance in the build-up to the mundial in Russia. In the last three games, the Eagles have drawn Congo, lost to England and Czech leading to tumbling down in the latest FIFA ranking. But then fans are divided in expectation from the team; while many thought the friendly matches are not enough measure to write off the team, others say the performance in these matches just gives a hint of what to expect. We all wait to see what happens though, the jury is out for Coach Gernat Rohr as the NFF seem to have given the team the best of preparation. The Eagles kick off their World cup campaign against Croatia in the Russian city of Kalinigrad on Saturday 16th June.
That’s the news brief for this week, watch this space for more wonderful stuffs. See you next week.