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Word on the Street: Alex Iwobi wows at the Emirates, Norway wants more Nigerians and more

October 23, 2018


Word on the Street: Alex Iwobi wows at the Emirates, Norway wants more Nigerians and more

Welcome. Did you have a great Monday? If you’re in Lagos, I’ll assume the answer is “not so much”. Traffic was hellish and the rain, let’s not even talk about the rain.

Anyway, I do hope you have a better Tuesday. Let’s begin with stories from yesterday that caught our eyes.

10 wins and counting

Alex Iwobi against Leicester City

Arsenal FC’s winning streak continues following its 3-1 defeat against Leicester City at the Emirates last night.

The star of the match was Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi as his outstanding performance wowed everyone. Iwobi was named the man of the match.

Arsenal fans around the world could not contain their pride and joy during and after the match. What a time to be an Arsenal fan. COYG!

Norway wants to accommodate more Nigerians

According to Jens-Petter Kjemprud, Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, out of the 870 visa applications from Nigerians last year, only 370 were issued and between January this year and August, only 290 visas were issued out of 600 applications.

However, that is about to change. According to the ambassador, the Norwegian embassy plans to increase the number of visas issued to Nigerians. He said there’s an increasing number of Norwegian fisheries companies interested in doing business with Nigerians.

I do hope that as more Nigerians get into Norway, they would not ruin things for the rest of us that may want to get into the country later in the future.

VP Osinbajo received a big L at Felabration

At Felabration this past Sunday, Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeats Legend Fela Kuti while addressing the thousands of music lovers in attendance, said he’d not support Buhari come 2019 because of his father.

Apparently, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had asked for his support and he not only declined in private, he did so in the presence of thousands of people, make that millions, to include those of us that watched the video. To save face, at least that’s how I see it, Osinbajo began talking about how Nigeria will be great, among other things.

For context, during his tenure back in the day as Head of States, President Buhari jailed Fela Kuti for charges relating to foreign currency violation.

Operation Reform SARS is in progress

Remember in August, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo charged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to set up a panel that would investigate complaints against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The NHRC has indeed set up a panel and between yesterday October 22 and Thursday, October 25, the panel for the North Central Zone will investigate the 27 complaints it has against the squad.

Just 27? My question is when would the panel for South-West Zone meet? They’d have so much investigation to do, I almost feel sorry for them.

Fayose plays hero at EFCC office

Former governor of Ekiti state is currently facing corruption charges worth millions of Nigeria but that didn’t stop him from being his dramatic self.

Yesterday, he reportedly fed 150 detainees and visitors at the EFCC office in Lagos and got lawyers for those who were in dire need of legal representation.

The most amusing thing is that through Fayose’s Twitter handle, his media aide described the former governor’s actions as “stomach infrastructure”. And oh, the beneficiaries of the stomach infrastructure reportedly sang the National Anthem “after their stomachs were adequately serviced” *Laughs in Nigeria’s economy*

That’s all for today, have a splendid day.

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