by Stanley Azuakola
So the president says he’s going to address us in the morning at 7am, and we can’t sleep. Our hearts are racing.
What’s he going to say? For those waiting with bated breaths, here are seven things we think he might say, come the morning. Share your thoughts!
1. Bakassi: This has got to be top on the list. It’s a very big deal. By tomorrow, Nigeria would be smaller by the size of Bakassi which becomes a part of Cameroun. The general sentiment was that Nigeria should appeal the court decision but Attorney-General Mohammed Bello Adoke knows best and pooh-poohed the idea, according to sources. Well, so the president will likely speak on Bakassi. Did he do a fast one and file an appeal on deadline day? That would be typical Naija style. Is Nigeria letting Bakassi go? Then he’ll want to preach calm and make some promises. The latter is more likely.
2. Floods: Another possibility, albeit a less likely one, considering that he made mention of the flooding disaster in his Independence Day broadcast. Since then though, the floods haven’t abated, it’s actually worsened. Even the road to Otueke has been submerged. And there you have a great reason for an early Monday morning address.
3. Mubi/Aluu: The two cases that have gripped the hearts of Nigerians in the past week. Both so touching, both so sad. 20 students slaughtered in cold blood in Mubi by unknown assailants; 4 undergraduates killed by barbarians in Aluu, Rivers State. Ordinarily, this should make any leader talk, even weep. This is the topic most Nigerians hope the president would address. But does he give a damn?
4. Patience Jonathan: The president’s dear wife, Patience is hale and hearty. NTA says so, amen. President Jonathan went to see his hale and hearty wife in Germany as she continued her stress-induced rest. And he sent us pictures. But he hasn’t told us the story. So maybe finally, the president might be ready to share with Nigerians, the story of this vacation taken by the first lady, which kept her from taking part in the Independence celebrations. That would be interesting.
5. Cabinet Reshuffle: “Fellow Nigerians, I have asked the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke to step aside with immediate effect and the EFCC has been invited to begin an immediate investigation into her tenure,” said the president in your dreams. Cabinet reshuffle, whilst a possibility, isn’t very high up in terms of probability. The president doesn’t necessarily need a Monday morning broadcast to announce a cabinet reshuffle. What does he have Abati for?
6. Boko Haram: The radical Islamic sect continues to be on the offensive, killing the innocent, and engaging the military. But if Boko Haram is the subject of tomorrow’s speech, then that means Jonathan is finally ready to grant them amnesty. Or maybe he’s ready to name all those Boko Haram people he once told us were in his government. Who knows?
7. Fuel subsidy removal again: Well, he said they were only resting the idea of subsidy removal for the ‘now’, didn’t he? Maybe that time is here. In which case, dust your protest shoes people. It’s Ojota reloaded.
7am, please come already.