Word on the Street: Super Eagles qualify for AFCON 2019, Zamfara Twins return home and more
Hello friends, looks who’s back. I apologise for going MIA, I really couldn’t help it but I’m back.
We have a lot of catching up to do but first, here are stories that you may have missed during the past weekend.
Nigeria secures a spot at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON)
After a 1-1 draw with their South African counterparts on Saturday, Nigeria’s Super Eagles the 2019 AFCON scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. Asides Nigeria, Uganda, Mali and Morocco also qualified on Saturday.
They join host Cameroon, Madagascar, Senegal, Egypt and Tunisia as the nine countries that have secured spots at the upcoming tournament.
Cheesy right? I won’t forgive myself for it. Anyway, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2019 presidential elections Atiku Abubakar plans to release a policy document today. In summary, he promises to create more employment opportunities, promote entrepreneurship and ultimately reduce the nation’s poverty level.
The document according to news, also suggests that Mr. Atikulate would require seven years to deliver on his campaign promises. Very good right? I see how much support Nigerian youths are throwing behind Bubu and Atiku, and I ask “whatever happened to the Not Too Young To Run campaign?” No one answers me so I go back to minding my business.
Zamfara Twins return home safely
Sometime in October, twins Hassana and Hussaina were abducted a day before their wedding day in Zamfara state. Last week, a voice note of the twins pleading with their brother to rescue them was making rounds on social media.
Apparently, their abductors initially requested ₦100 million as a ransom for their release. After much negotiation, the ransom was reduced to ₦30 million and eventually, ₦15 million.
Many well-meaning Nigerians came together to crowdfund their ransom. On Saturday, after the ransom had been paid, Hassana and Hussaina returned home safely. I hope this doesn’t give kidnappers the idea that it is okay to kidnap random people and ask for ridiculous ransoms. Stay safe friends.
Linda Ikeji retracts Instablog9ja story
Well not entirely. The gist is lastweek, Linda Ikeji’s blog published an exclusive story of the alleged face behind Instablog9ja.
According to her, the account is run by one John Abayomi, former editor at Vangaurd and current editor of The Punch online. After the story trended for days, John Abayomi threatened Aunty Linda through his lawyer, Femi Falana, asking her to apologise within 48 hours or face legal charges. Linda did retract her statements.
Apparently, the real owner of Instablog9ja is John Abayomi Arubela, an entirely different person from John Abayomi who people have been threatening because of the controversial nature of the stories Instablog9ja publishes.
Tuesday’s a public holiday
Someone said you know you hate your job when you dread having to go to work. For some of us, what we dread is Lagos traffic. This week, we have one less day to worry as the federal government has declared tomorrow a public holiday to mark the Eid-El Maulud celebration.
For students affected by the ASUU strike, enjoy the holiday but don’t stay at home idle. This is a great time to learn a skill or make some money. Don’t sleep on the endless opportunities.
Have a great week.