7 important things you didn’t read yesterday (but should have)

by Kolapo Olapoju

1. How effective has the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag been? If the abducted Chibok girls aren’t back after eight months, what exactly did the hashtag do for them?

Millions around the world got involved, rallies were held, some of the world’s most famous and most powerful people supported the movement, unfortunately, it didn’t bring back the girls. Journalist, Adedayo Ademuwagun gives 8 reasons why the hashtag didn’t bring back the Chibok girls.

2. It is apparent that the average Nigerian isn’t moved by the death of a fellow citizen.

Just 17 people were killed in France last week, and over 200,000 french people took to the streets to protest and show solidarity. In Nigeria, thousands have been killed by Boko Haram, and even the BringBackOurGirls rallies hardly ever records up to 2,000 participants.

3. Why rape? Worse still, why rape an 85-year-old woman?

A sick fella, Familola Ayodeji, was arrested for raping an old woman in Ido-Ekiti on Christmas day.

According to a statement by the Ekiti Police spokesperson, Victor Babayemi, the victim, a great-grandmother was asleep when the suspect sneaked into her room, bolted the door and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

4. If a 72-year-old Buhari can be the presidential candidate of APC, what is wrong with 70-year-old Rasheed Ladoja being a governorship candidate of the Accord Party governorship candidate in Oyo State.

The man, who has been there before, says he is even more fit at 70, and as such, will be having no sleep till after election day.

He said: “Having been there before, I know what to do. There is no more sleep between now and 28th February, the governorship election day, but we are sure of victory at the end of the day.”

5. Flood, fire outbreak, more Boko Haram attacks, economic hardship, are a few of Apostle Anthony’s predictions for 2015.

The General Overseer of Living Soul Harvest Bible Church Inc, Tony O. Anthony, had not too many good predictions for the year. He says: “President Gooluck Jonathan will win the 2015 presidential election. I see Nyesom Wike as the next governor of Rivers State. Nigerians should brace up for more economic hardship.

6. Kindly, direct your frustrations with President Jonathan’s administration to the grave of late Umaru Yar’adua. According to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, if Yar’adua had picked a more competent running mate, Nigeria will be better off.

The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, has identified the failure of the late President Umaru Yar’adua and Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna state to choose competent people as running mates, as the reason why Nigeria and the state are being misgoverned.

7. 91-year-old pensioner, Pa Jacob Kehinde Babajide, stopped receiving his pension four years ago, and for it to continue, he has to present his 1950 job appointment letter. Yeah, just 64 years ago.

He said:”I just noticed that I didn’t get alert from the bank anymore. There is this lady I used to contact at the pension office; she was the one who helped me before they paid me some arrears till August 2010. When I contacted her again, she said I should bring the copy of my pay slip from the bank. I sent it to her, then she phoned back saying I should bring my first letter of appointment which I received on July 10, 1950.”

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