Wait first, seven days isn’t the longest time President Muhammadu Buhari has spent in his home country Nigeria in 2017, it only turns out that these last seven days uncharacteristically comes with memories that will linger a life time (way longer than the Hausa perfume).
President Buhari returned from a medical vacation that last over century of days, but that is not the whole story. While a couple of people predicted the Nigerian president wouldn’t return, affirming from a ‘trusted source’ that they would release dozens of pictures of Buhari’s bedridden condition, others have assured that the ‘Lion King’ will make a comeback and when he does, jackals and hyenas would vacate the jungle.
Fast forward to Friday, August 19, news of the Lion King‘s return rented the social media and indeed, the world over would heave a sigh of relief from Nigerians’ ‘unserious’ invasion of the social media, which has rather turned to a playground of some sort.
Saturday, August 20, President Buhari made his comeback; everybody that cared had something to say about it especially when the news from the presidential aide announced that President Buhari would address the nation, Monday, August 21.
There was anticipation everywhere and political analysts were upbeat about issues the president’s speech was going to address in a time where national unity and security had a thread strength.
Then the real drama begins:
While Nigerians were doing their things, we were also busy with our things and we came up with some four interesting quotes and issues that happened on Buhari’s first week in Nigeria after 103 days absence (hey, none of them is about the state of the economy).
1 Kogi State declares Public Holiday for Buhari
We know Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is a great fan of Buhari, but a public holiday on a Monday, two weeks to another major world public holiday? Nigerians didn’t spare him. See how they reacted:
2 Garba Shehu and the Aso Rock rats!
Garba Shehu is one of the spokesperson of President Muhammadu Buhari. Okay, let’s rephrase this. Garba Shehu is an image maker of the Nigerian President. Turns out that members of the Buhari’s media aides have goofed a lot in time past, but what surprises me is how they managed to break their own goofing record. Nigerians like them for this anyway.
Shehu entertained Nigerians again on Wednesday, August 23, when he said that President Buhari would be working from home because rats, yes, rodents, have taken over the president’s office. Needless to say there was allocation for fumigation in millions that should have taken care of this. It’s not about us though; it’s Nigerians that said all these:
3 Nigerian Army monitoring hate speeches
In the world over, hate speeches is almost inseparable from politics (you can ask the American president), that doesn’t makes it right though. When President Buhari retuned, he expressed his dismay over spat of hate speeches on social media and it looks like he has had enough of it already. The Nigerian Military is now monitoring trends of hate speeches on social media trust me on this one; you don’t want to be a scapegoat.
4 …And JAMB happened
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been in the business of reconfiguring destinies. It’s after passing (or not passing) JAMB that you can tailor you dream long career path, needless to say some have found interest in something far away from education after JAMB.
JAMB announced on Wednesday, August 23, new cut off marks for prospective university and polytechnic students; 120, 100 respectively. Of course, Nigerians have reacted as usual and the last has definitely not been heard on this.