The week that just passed will undoubtedly go down in Nigerian history as one of the most action-packed in 2016. The most hilarious yet upsetting being Nigerians’ collective tour through rooms until we all found ourselves in The Other Room. In unrelated events, we (except for a few haters) revelled in the joy of having 21 of the kidnapped Chibok girls back after two years. Pure joy!
Before we start getting in our feelings, here are the winners and losers from the past week:
The parents of the 21 rescued Chibok girls: It was joy, gratitude, renewed peace and every other beautiful emotion from the parents of the 21 girls who were safely rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram terrorists exactly 915 days after they were snatched from the government secondary school in Chibok town, Borno state.
Yesterday, 16th October was a day those families will always live to remember as all the hope they had lost was restored during the reunion ceremony for the girls.
The rest of Nigeria prayed earnestly for the return of the remaining 197 girls.
All BBOG campaigners who fought and are still fighting relentlessly: Everyone who falls in this category is an obvious winner though, they do not claim total victory since most of the girls are still at large.
For them, the return of the 21 girls has refuelled their energy as they demand for the remaining 197 girls. Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, frontliner of the campaign spent the better part of the weekend sharing photos and expressing gratitude to God and the Federal Government for making the return of the girls possible.
She also called on Nigerians to pray for the girls and enjoined the government to ensure that they are rehabilitated and properly reintegrated into the society.
Aisha Buhari: The wife of Nigeria’s President granted a BBC interview that has had the most severe ripple effect in recent times. When snippets of the interview that was done in Hausa was first released, a lot of people called her out for turning against her husband publicly, by claiming he’s not familiar with most his appointees.
But somehow, everything took an entirely different turn and in her favour when President Buhari was made to address the issue. Mrs. Buhari became the heroine, Nigerians began to dig up facts about how awesome she had always been lowkey and before we could question her victory in all of it, President Buhari granted another interview and served another major gaffe to his wife, this time, in a trophy that finally sealed her victory.
Davido: For most, he may not count as a major winner but still, we acknowledge Davido’s return after a four-year album hiatus.
His career never came to a halt at any point in the four year span, he released beautiful singles and now he’s here with a 5-track EP and an international collaboration. Way to go, Davido!
President Muhammadu Buhari: If not checked, President Buhari might hold the top spot on the list of losers for weeks to come. The disparaging remarks he made about his wife when he reacted to comments she made in a BBC interview about his approach to running the government showed us a frightful side to the president.
We saw the misogynist and the authoritarian husband all wrapped in one. As it is now, there is hardly any love left for President Buhari in the hearts of Nigerians and it will take a miracle to win the support and goodwill of citizens.
Donald Trump: Loser for the past, present and the future, we can’t imagine that time when loose-mouthed billionaire, Mr. Trump will find a place on our list of winners, but we certainly look forward.
Ever since the leaked video of his dirty conversation with TV host, Billy Bush went viral, Trump has landed from one mess into another. In the video, he bragged about kissing women without first asking; well, all the victims of his “unsolicited” kisses have come forward to attest to his claims.