Amid the spread of COVID-19, Muslims around the world celebrated this year’s Eid-el-Kabir under the laid down health protocols. The world marked World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to create awareness on the plight of trafficked victims globally. The Politico however highlights top stories from last week.
1 Coronavirus Update
COVID-19 infections crossed the 18 million mark last week as the total number of cases hit 18,042,795 globally. The number of deaths reached 689,164 while patients who recovered from the disease rose to 11,340,879. In Nigeria, the most populous black country, cases increased to 43,537. Deaths rose to 883 while the week ended with 20,287 recovered patients. Governor Kayode Fayemi who announced that he tested positive for the disease however recovered last week after testing negative.
2 Eid-el-Kabir Celebration
Nigerian Muslims joined others around the globe to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir despite the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Government declared Thursday and Friday as public holidays to observe the Sallah celebration. Some states opened Eid prayer grounds while some banned congregational gatherings at prayer grounds. President Muhammadu Buhari observed Eid prayer with his family at the Presidential Villa in line with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 guidelines. Buhari and other political leaders in congratulatory messages urged Nigerians to embrace peace and continue to comply with COVID-19 protocols.
3 Pa Ayo Fasanmi Died at 94
Elder statesman and a Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, died at the age of 94. The Second Republic senator died in Osogbo, Osun State capital, after a brief illness. Following his death, political and socio-cultural leaders have been extolling the virtues of the late Fasanmi on his contribution to the development of the country’s democracy, noting that he would be sorely missed. His burial has been fixed for August 4 at St John Cathedral, Iye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
4 Olumide Akpata Emerged NBA President
Mr Olumide Akpata pulled an upset to emerge the President of the Nigeria Bar Association after defeating two Senior Advocates of Nigeria in an election conducted electronically. He scored 9,891 votes of the 18,256 total votes cast to emerge winner. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) recorded 4,328 votes to place second while Dele Adesina (SAN) got 3,928 to finish third in the election. In his acceptance speech, Akpata dedicated his win to all young lawyers “who have become disillusioned with the way the NBA has been run over the years and how the profession appears to be disconnected from the challenges that face them and their future.” However, Adesina, a former General Secretary of the association rejected the result of the poll, alleging fraud. He called for the cancellation of the election.
5 Senator Elisha Abbo Won Assault Case
Lawmaker representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo, won a case of assault instituted against him by the Nigeria Police Force. Abbo was charged to a Magistrate Court, Zuba, Abuja, in 2019 following a viral video which showed the Senator assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja, which generated furore on social media. He would later apologise for his conduct. The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, last week upheld a no-case submission filed by Abbo, ruling that the police failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the lawmaker assaulted the victim, Osimibibra Warmate. The outcome of the case sparked outrage on social media as many Nigerians accused the judiciary of favouring the rich.
6 Mamman Daura Stirred Controversy
A statement on the 2023 presidential election from Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, created controversy in the polity as he said the next President should not be chosen based on rotation. Daura in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, Hausa Service, noted that competence should determine who rules the country after Buhari. The statement was condemned by socio-cultural leaders and groups especially from the Southern part of the country. The Presidency also distanced itself from the interview granted by Daura, saying he only expressed his personal opinion and did not represent the view of President Buhari or his administration.
7 Akinwumi Adesina Exonerated at AfDB
An Independent Review Panel cleared the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, of all allegations of corruption levelled against him by a group of whistle-blowers in the institution. Adesina had been exonerated by the Bank’s Ethics Committee but the United States called for an independent review of the Committees report. The Independent panel which was headed by a former President of the Republic of Ireland, Mary Robson, dismissed all accusations against the Nigerian. Adesina is expected to win a second term as the President of the AfDB.
8 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. July 30 of every year is a day set aside by the United Nations to create awareness and intensify campaign against human trafficking globally. Nigeria has been described as a hot spot and route for trafficking. While speaking to commemorate the day, the Uyo Zonal Commander of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nduka Nwawene, said the agency has secured the conviction of over 500 traffickers and rescued over 18,000 victims across the country from 2004 till date. The theme of the 2020 commemoration was “Committed to the Cause, Working on the Front Line to End Human Trafficking,” which focused on the efforts of first responders to the issue of trafficking.
9 Arsenal Won 14th FA Cup
Premier League giants, Arsenal, won their 14th FA Cup trophy after defeating Chelsea in the final of the oldest cup competition at Wembley. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored twice to give Arsenal the famous victory over their local rivals. Christian Pulisic had put the Blues ahead before the Gunners captain equalized from the spot after he was brought down in the area. With the victory, Mikel Arteta became the first person to both captain and manage Arsenal to victory in an FA Cup final. The North London side has also booked a place in next season’s Europa League.
10 Osimhen Joined Napoli for Club Record Fee
Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen, became most expensive Africa player after making a switch to Italian side, Napoli from Ligue 1 outfit, Lille. The 21-year old penned a 5 year deal for a fee that could rise to a record €81.3 million. He was handed the club’s number 9 shirt. Osimhen scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in all competitions last season before French football was called off due to Covid-19. He helped Nigeria win the U17 World Cup in 2015, when he finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals.