IPOB declared terrorist group; Trump the Golden Goliath; NFL bends the knee | These are last week’s winners and losers

From the president who is taking ginormous Ls from footballers in his country to Africa’s President Buhari and to Lagos state’s government’s inability to keep truck drivers away from major roads, here are the winners and losers from last week’s biggest newsmakers.


President Muhammadu Buhari

However a fraction of Nigerians felt about it, President Buhari delivered a fairly good speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly and he earned himself positive remarks from international observers.

Described as one of the most proactive speeches by any of the world leaders gathered, President Buhari touched on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, urged the international community to intervene in the misery in Myanmar, proposed a strong UN delegation to urgently engage the North Korean Leader etc.

His speech was a far cry from that of the US President, Donald Trump who threatened that “the US will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea”.

Diego Costa

Although he was told he was not part of Antonio Conte’s plans for Chelsea this season, Diego Costa will now be returning to his former Spanish side, Atlético Madrid for £57 million.

Costa has not played in any Premier League match this season and the last time he showed up for Chelsea was in May. He and Conte had been in contention for a while over transfer plans but it’s finally goodbye now.

Colin Kaepernick

American football quarterback, Colin Kaepernick has been protesting police brutality, racial discrimination, racial injustice for a while now.

He’s demanded that conversations be made surrounding these topics that affect the lives of millions of Americans and his unique way of protesting has always been to kneel while the US anthem is being sung at football games.

Although he’s been condemned for his approach with many calling kneeling during the anthem disrespectful, Kaepernick has finally gotten a large number of other footballers on his side and we have Donald Trump to thank.


Donald Trump

No one is surprised that America’s loosemouthed president tops our losers list again. First, it was his very un-American speech that sent the Zimbabwean president and his team into a state of slumber. Just look at the men:

Then he got himself the title ‘Golden Goliath’ from President Mugabe for threatening the extinction of other countries.

Worse off, Trump went on another Twitter rampage calling out basketball team, Golden State Warriors and particularly Stephen Curry for not honouring his White House invitation. For Curry, it was a case of good riddance to bad rubbish as he restated that he had no intentions of going to Trump’s White House anyway.

Like that wasn’t enough, Trump went on attack the NFL, accusing players of disrespecting the US and its flag and anthem, making references to Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel in protest during the anthem. He even called some of the players “sons of bitches”. America sure has BIGly problems these days!


After a meeting of executives of the Confederation of African Football in Accra on Friday, Kenya was stripped of the rights to host the 2018 African Nations Championship. Bad news!

Lagos state government

Have you seen Ikorodu road lately?

Lagos has become home to man-made disasters and the frequency of the occurrences genuinely scare us. For reasons that will forever be unjustifiable, truck and tanker drivers – hundreds of them – have made the Ikorodu road their parking lot and the senseless gridlock comes all the way from Apapa.

We wonder how those at the helm of affairs in Governor Ambode’s administration go to bed at night knowing the people they swore to serve have to go through daily discomfort.


According to a recent court order, the activities of IPOB in any part of the country amounts to an act of terrorism. Although Senate President Bukola Saraki thinks it is unconstitutional to declare it a terrorist group, IPOB is officially one now and if nothing else matters, their leader, Nnamdi Kanu is still at large. Did he bail on his people already?

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