This week was a rollercoaster of buzzy stories, from politics to pop culture and while we routinely reported each of these stories from our YNaija desk, here’s a roundup of everything that went down in the past six days and are still trending today:
Senator Elisa Abbo the woman-beater
If you have been out of the loop, Premium Times released footage showing Elisah Abbo physically assaulting a woman in an adult store in Abuja. Abbo is the senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district, on the platform of the PDP and the viral video has generated a frenzied buzz on social media, overwhelmingly calling for the senator to be removed from his position with the appropriate punishment meted out to him. Here’s the video, in case you haven’t seen it:
In the presence of a police officer, Nigerian Senator Elisha Abbo, representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, assaults sales staff in an adult toy store in Abuja. pic.twitter.com/ezDpecGetD
— T. Rankïn’ ∆ 🏁 (@AfroVII) July 2, 2019
“Being a woman” should be classified under “endangered species” in Nigeria. It is as much about the rapists in lowly & powerful places, wife beaters and barbarians like Elisha Abbo as it is about their enablers and defenders, of the “consented rape” & “it doesn’t add up” gang.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 3, 2019
Olamide and Maria Okan pregnancy saga
Not long after Olamide welcomed a second child with his baby mama, Marian Okan came into the picture allegedly pregnant for the rapper. Okan is a former radio presenter on Beat FM, and some reactions on Twitter have revolved around the contrast between her and Olamide, in the context of the worlds they come from – him a street rap king and Okan a dainty, English-accented princess. Then the swirling report that Olamide gave her N2m to abort the pregnancy, which Okan took but didn’t go through with the abortion.
It has once again generated a conversation on abortion and women’s bodies, and how Nigerians are only pro-choice when a pregnancy is on its way to doom a man’s life. We will be keeping tabs on this story.
Maria Okan & Olamide?
All the accent only to be with shepeteri president?
— Alternative Man (@OBpizzle) July 3, 2019
If Olamide refuses to take responsibility now, Maria Okan will start calling him dead beat dad. You agreed to get an abortion, you billed him for it but went ahead to have the baby anyway.
— Penguin (@Le_arma) July 4, 2019
Maria Okan collected olamide’s N 2.m to abort the pregnancy and then suddenly decided to keep the pregnancy and the money ?
If this ain’t yahoo what is ? Lol
— Terry (@Terrybrainz) July 4, 2019
Buhari reappoints Abba Kyari as Chief of Staff
Buhari on Friday reappointed Boss Mustapha as the Secretary to the government of the federation. He also reappointed Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff, who caused a controversy last month in the context of perceived nepotism.
It is highly hypocritical to attack Abba Kyari for being Cheif of Staff to the president, after all, he didn’t appoint himself!
— Abubakar Mohd Kareto (@amkareto) July 5, 2019
Abba Kyari has reappointed himself as Chief of Staff to President Buhari
— Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) July 5, 2019
Supreme Court declares APC’s Oyetola winner of Osun guber election
The Supreme Court on Friday declared Osun Governor, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the September 22 governorship election held in the state.
In a lead judgement of five justices with two dissenting, the appeal by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke was dismissed as the verdict also nullified the judgment of the elections petition tribunal which had declared him as the winner of the contest.
I am not surprised by Oyetola’s so-called “victory” at the Supreme Court. Adeleke was robbed. Nigeria is finished.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) July 5, 2019
APC celebrates as Governor Oyetola Wins again at the Supreme Court.
Adeleke can now enrol for your so-called best dancer’s dancing school so that Davido can rest!🚶♂️🚶♂️🤗
— #LifeOfAnExtrovert 🔋🚀 (@_Abdulquyum) July 5, 2019
Busola Dakolo files petition against Biodun Fatoyinbo
Since celebrity photographer Busola Dakolo came forward with the revelation that she was allegedly raped by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), her story has enabled a number of victims to speak about similar experiences. Now, in a new development, Dakolo’s legal representative has filed a petition against Fatoyinbo with the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Lagos on 27th June, 2019, prior to the release of the viral video where she recounted her ordeal.
Detained Madonna University students and lecturer released from prison
Since February, six Madonna University and a lecturer were unlawfully detained for allegedly writing a Facebook post that portrayed the school in bad light. The hashtag #Madonna7 emerged on Twitter as a campaign to get them out of prison, which happen on Thursday when the court granted them freedom. If there’s anything to be learned this week, it’s that Nigerians are starting to realise that they can effect the changes they want to see when they stick together and protest.
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) July 4, 2019
Ailing Ben Nwabueze leads Atiku’s legal team as lead council
Eighty-eight-year-old erudite Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ben Nwabueze, on Thursday, took over as head of the legal team representing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
Wow, Professor Ben Nwabueze announce appearance for Atiku at PEPT
— Hamma (@HAHayatu) July 4, 2019
Buhari suspends Ruga settlement project
On Wednesday, new circulated that Buhari has suspended the controversial Ruga project, according to the governor of Kebbi after the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) committee on the deadly farmers/herders crisis.
The Federal Government after consultations with stakeholders has suspended the RUGA Settlement Project, for now, Kebbi State Governor disclosed that after a meeting with Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) July 3, 2019
Northern group issues governors 30-day ultimatum on Ruga settlement
A coalition of northern groups has given state governors who are opposed to the Ruga settlement plan one month to reconsider their position – The coalition, through it spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, called on such governors to give peace a chance – It also said that the difference in views on the initiative among state governors is causing disaffection for herdsmen in the country.