The death of Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, sent shock waves across the country as many Nigerians were put in mourning state. There was stiff opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical trip to London as Nigerians in the UK protested at Abuja House. The Politico therefore highlights some of the top stories from last week.
COVID-19 cases hit 131,414,181 globally in the just concluded week while persons who have died from the virus increased to 2,860,347. In Nigeria, cases increased to 163,113 at the end of the week while fatalities rose to 2,058. Discoveries also increased to 151,853.
Yinka Odumakin Died
There was rude shock across the country as the Publicity Secretary of Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, died. He died of complications arising from COVID-19 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital. The news of his death attracted glowing tributes from Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
NAF Jet Disappearance
A fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force disappeared from the radar on its way to provide aeriel support for ground troops fighting insurgents in Borno State with two pilots on board. Boko Haram in a video claimed it shot down the jet, killing the two pilots. NAF however dismissed the claim, arguing that the video was doctored. NAF said the jet might have crashed.
Gunmen Attacked Soludo
Former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, escaped death as he was attacked by gunmen at a Town Hall meeting in his hometown in Isuofia in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State. Three policemen attached to him were killed during the attack. Soludo, who is aspiring to become the next Governor of Anambra State on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, said the attack lasted for more than 10 minutes. The state police command in a statement said five persons had been arrested in connection with the attack.
Buhari’s London Medical Trip
President Muhammadu Buhari traveled to London for his routine check-up which sparked outrage among Nigerians both home and abroad. The announcement of the president’s latest medical tourism attracted condemnations and stern criticms. Reno Omokri, an erstwhile aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan, also led a protest at Abuja House in London to demand the return of the president to Nigeria.
Resident Doctors Commenced Strike
Resident doctors commenced an indefinite strike which paralysed medical activities in public hospitals in the country. The doctors are demanding the payment of their salary arrears among others. Many patients were left stranded while some relatives moved their sick persons to private hospitals.
CCT Chair Assault
Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman Danladi Umar was under fire as he was accused of assaulting a security guard at Banex plaza in Wuse, Abuja. The video of the incident elicited outrage as many Nigerians called for the removal of the CCT chairman.
Coup Foiled in Niger
A military coup was foiled in Niger just days before the inauguration of the next president, Mohamed Bazoum. Some soldiers attempted to seize the presidential palace but were fought off by the presidential guard. Those responsible for the coup attempt were all detained. The new president was eventually sworn-in to mark the country’s first transfer of power from one civilian leader to another since independence.
Kashimawo Laloko Died
A former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chief Kashimawo Laloko died after a brief illness. He died at the age of 76. Many football lovers paid tribute to Laloko, who had discovered many talents, after his death. He was buried at his Gbonagun residence in Abeokuta according to Islamic rites.
Iheanacho Won EPL Player of the Month
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho was named Premier League Player of the Month for March. The Nigerian international scored five goals in three appearances in the league during the month under review. Iheanacho is the fourth Nigerian to win the prestigious award after Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Osaze Odemwingie and Odion Ighalo.