Hardly can any week pass without an episode of political drama in Nigeria. This time, we had the usual cast, Governor Ayo Fayose denouncing the PDP in parables and suggesting he would join another party come 2018. Also, the mighty men of Kaduna, Senator Shehu Sani and Governor Nasir el-Rufai, who have been at loggerheads since 2015, came for each other’s throats again.
Beyond politics, the NYSC had many Nigerians riled after a first-class graduate and new corp member lost her life at the Kano orientation camp.
Here are last week’s winners and losers:
National Youth Service Corps: This government scheme is the biggest loser of the week, for all the obvious reasons. Three corp members lost their lives in one week at different camps across the country. Bayelsa, Zamfara and Kano! These avoidable occurrences keep coming up with every stream, and batch and this time, we really have had enough. The NYSC needs to give up the carelessness and take up full responsibility for each corp member under its care. Until then, it will continue to be a loser.
Governor Ayo Fayose: He is the only PDP governor in the Southwest as things are and the very blunt, extremely opinionated Fayose may begin to feel threatened. Governor Fayose has begun to study the political situation and may be making new choices that will amount to him leaving the PDP that he holds so dear. Where else for him to go than the APC? The opposition party he detests and would never tolerate. When he dropped the hint last week, the APC fired back. It was apt. Don’t think about it, Fayose! Leaving the man, as of this week, with nowhere to run.
Senator Shehu Sani: The representative for Kano Central in the Senate has absolutely no chill. He was suspended from the APC for breaching the constitution of the party and misconduct in his relations with the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai. The senator did not show a hint of remorse but instead took to his Facebook to express his disapproval for the governor and he used all the derogatory language in the book. Why does he count as a winner though? Yesterday, the senator’s campaign office was attacked and his Kano home was almost razed. If it turns out the governor or the APC has a hand in these attacks, then we have a clear winner.
The Experience 11: Bigger, stronger and more impactful than previous years, the 11th edition of the annual spiritual gathering beat its own record of over 700,000 in attendance. It’s so remarkable that the Guinness Book of World Record has noted that it will be around next year to confirm the event as the largest music concert in the world. And it’s humbling because this happens just around us here in Tafawa Balewa Square. True to this year’s theme, Jesus was revealed.