This Week in Nigeria
Sunday 4 – Saturday 10 October 2015
President Mumammadu Buhari on Sunday visited the National Hospital, Abuja, where victims of Friday’s bomb blast, were taking treatment. The blasts, masterminded by Boko Haram terrorists, rocked Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory and Nyanya, Nassarawa State.
The President was also at the pediatric ward of the hospital, where he stopped to visit a little girl receiving treatment after being shot by armed robbers. He however, offset her medical bills of N268,790.
Barely two weeks after the release of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, from his abductors, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, on Monday, at about 2a.m., Fulani herdsmen moved their cattle into the elder statesman’s farm at the outskirts of Akure, Ondo State, destroying a kilometer-long stretch of maize plantation.
Same day, the British National Crime Agency, obtained a court permission to temporarily seize 27,000 Pounds Sterling from former Minister of Petroleum resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Earlier, N1.2m had been recovered from the former Minister’s Abuja residence. She is currently standing trials on money laundering charges in the United Kingdom.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, announced 21 ministerial nominees contained in the list sent to him by President Muhammadu Buhari 30th September. The names read out on the floor of the Senate however generated reactions across Nigeria.
Meanwhile, as part of the reactions to the ministerial nominees, on Wednesday, the Senators had a rowdy session when Senator George Sekibo from River State, made a presentation against the nomination of former governor of River State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi. Sekibo was however shouted down severally by Senators from Amaechi’s All Progressive Congress.
Still on Wednesday, First Republic Minister, Chief Edwin Clark, enjoined Nigerians not to distract President Muhammadu Buhari on his administration’s anti-graft war. Clark, who declared his leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), applauded Buhari for his fight against corruption. He also criticised former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for lacking the political will to fight graft.
Nigeria’s national football team, the Super Eagles, on Thursday, in a friendly match in Belgium, suffered a 2-0 defeat against their counterparts, the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
On Friday, ace broadcaster, Mike Enahoro passed on at the age of 76. Enahoro, a relative of the late nationalist, Chief Anthony Enahoro, became popular in the 1990s on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), for his diction and his traditional Ishan costume.
News of the demise of former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha went viral on Saturday. The former governor died at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving treatment, after a few days in coma. The 62 years old former Air Force officer, retired from the force as a Squadron Leader and joined politics. He was impeached in 2005 for corruption and succeeded by his deputy, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He also stood trials on corruption allegations in the United Kingdom where he jumped bail only to get convicted in Nigeria. Recently, the British authority demanded his extradition to stand trials. Alamieyeseigha passed on before his proposed extradition.
Same Saturday, Nigeria’s Under-20 female National Team, the Falconets, qualified for the final round of the African qualifying series for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, after an aggregate 4-1 defeat of their counterparts from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Also on Saturday, Super Eagles goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama, apologised to Nigerians for the controversy surrounding his exit from the Super Eagles. Enyeama, who recently lost his mother, had had a clash with the team’s coach, Sunday Oliseh on Thursday.
Lastly on Saturday, news of another air mishap was received. A fighter jet belonging to the Nigeria Air Force crashed in Adamawa State Saturday evening, killing the pilot.
Compiled by Dayo Emmanuel