From all the events of last Saturday, it was easy to guess that the new week would be crammed; and it was just as we expected. The release of 82 Chibok girls, President Muhammadu Buhari’s reappearance in public, the arrival of Davido’s bundle of joy and that’s all just in Nigeria. Over in America, President Trump was up to a lot of tweeting and firing.
From the world over, here are this week’s winners and losers:
Chelsea FC: The Blues defeated West Brom to win the Premier League title last night. It’s simply congratulations!
Emmanuel Macron: The 39-year-old who disrupted the status quo in France. On Sunday, Macron defeated far-right female candidate, Marine Le Pen in the France presidential election to emerge the youngest president in the 59-year history of France’s Fifth Republic. Macron led with 66% of the total votes cast.
Macron in his acceptance speech said, “I will do everything I can in the coming five years to make sure that you never vote for extremism again”. Before the election, Macron had never held any political office.
82 Chibok girls: Three long years of prayers and resilience have passed by and we welcomed 82 girls set free after lengthy negotiations between the Federal Government and terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
The girls were exchanged for a number of terrorists held by security authorities and the swap deal was facilitated by the Nigerian military, the Swiss government, the International Red Cross and some NGOs. The 82 girls were received by President Buhari on Sunday and although, a bit of controversy has followed all of these, we’ll just concentrate on the victory, for now.
Davido: This week was a very important one for Nigerian superstar artiste, Davido. First, he welcomed his second daughter, Hailey Veronica in Atlanta and he could hardly rein in his excitement. Then, the joy multiplied when he shared an audio clip that featured R&B legend, R.Kelly on a remix of his chart-topping hit track, “If”. From what we heard on that short clip, R.Kelly may have just made a mess of the song but we won’t make any conclusions yet. Davido still wins, though.
National Assembly: The Nigerian National Assembly kept its promise to the citizenry by publishing details of its 2017 budget, much to the applause of a number of Nigerians. There are still lots of questions to be answered by the lawmakers but for this singular act, they’ve earned a measure of respect.
James Comey: How does it feel when you stand before your team of intelligence experts, dishing out instructions and then you glance at the television set hung up on the wall and see you’ve just been fired? How exactly does it feel?
Well, there’s only one man to ask and it’s James Comey, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Comey was fired by President Trump weeks after the former announced that the FBI was investigating Russian meddling with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election.
His dismissal letter written by the President read in part, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,…”
Comey is also the man who former presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton partly blames for her loss in the election. It was him who handled investigations into her email scandal, shut down the investigation then later made a statement few days to the election, that may have torpedoed her chances at winning.
The South African murder suspect: We’re pretty sure he has a name. Oh yeah, it’s Sandile Mantsoe. The 27-year-old who beat his girlfriend, Karabo Mokoena to death then burnt her body till it became black dust, unidentifiable.
He stood before a SA court on Friday, appeared unshaken and even confessed that his family helped him to clean up his apartment after he committed the act. Here’s what the bastard looks like:
Lanre Gentry: Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe’s husband who allegedly battered her and left her with injuries that will require a surgery to heal was reportedly remanded in KiriKiri prison this week as he was unable to fulfil bail conditions.