News recap: Trouble in the First Family and other happenings
Just as Friday was about to end on a dour note after an interesting, high-octane Thursday [remember, 21 Chibok girls were freed that day and we are yet to know, for certain, what exactly the government gave to Boko Haram in return], Nigeria’s First Family treated us to a show, and Nigerians paid for no ticket to enjoy the drama.
This week’s news recap gives you a summary of the drama starring First Family , the release of 21 Chibok girls and some more.
After his wife, Aisha, said an interview with BBC Hausa’s Naziru Mikailu that she may not back him if he seeks reelection in 2019 because she felt the government has been hijacked from him, President Muhammadu Buhari did not wait for his wife’s salvo to cool down before firing back – from faraway Germany.
Buhari laughed off his wife’s comment while talking to reporters in Germany where he is meeting with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room,” he said.
Before the presidential drama of Friday, Nigerians were greeted by a heartwarming news of the release of 21 Chibok girls, one of whom returned with a baby.
The girls were freed after a negotiation was brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed said at a press conference.
And before the release of the 21 Chibok girls, the Department of State Service almost monopolised the attention of the media for arresting a number of judges in coordinated sting operations.
As more criticisms trail the arrest of the judges, the Senate resolved to amend the laws that establish some security outfits in the country, including the Department of State Services (DSS).
While some judges were unceremoniously arrested at their residences, one person was lucky to escape an arrest. Shehu Dikko. And no, he is not a judge.
Dikko, who is the chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) was in the midst of the returning players and officials from Zambia where the Super Eagles had defeated their hosts last weekend when gun-wielding security operatives opened fire in a failed attempt to arrest him at Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja.
Over there in Uncle Sam’s country, two leading presidential candidates – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – are still enmeshed in their own version of the unpresidential drama. Remember their vitriolic debate?
This time, the head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team John Podesta slammed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday for helping Republican rival Donald Trump in the bitter White House race, while accusing Moscow of being behind the hack.
And of course, the Donald has spent most of this week trying to fend off a barrage of accusations that he groped and forcibly kissed a few women in the years past. Apparently, these women are not welcoming of the idea of having a groper-in-chief in the White House.
On its part, the Central Bank of Nigeria is still trying to perfect the naira-yuan swap deal between Nigeria and China. The CBN on Monday raised the hope that the lingering Naira-Yuan swap deal will be achieved as part of strategies to reducing the huge dollar demand pressure on the local currency. If this happens anytime soon, I may finally lay my hands on that Xiaomi phone I’ve always wanted.
The future is now. In Britain, driverless cars may soon become the norm. Driverless vehicles carrying passengers took to Britain’s streets for the first time on Tuesday in a landmark trial which could pave the way for their introduction across the country.
The compact two-seater cars trundled along a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes, north of London, in a trial by Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) which plans to roll out 40 vehicles in the city.
Dear Nigerians, do not be envious of the Britons who are enjoying driverless cars. They do not enjoy abacha, the much coveted local delicacy.
Despite being in the news a few weeks ago for the wrong reasons, health experts have said that a meal of well-prepared abacha is good for human consumption and could even help in the prevention and treatment of diseases.