From a covetous governor obsessed with securing kickbacks to a disgraced professor soliciting sex for marks, is there anything redeeming about this lot?
- Salisu Yusuf
A BBC investigative report on sharp practices in African football carried out by the Ghanaian reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, indicted Coach Salisu Yusuf. Head coach of the team that represented Nigeria at the Ghana WAFU 2017 Tournament, Salisu Yusuf, took about $1000 from an undercover players’ agent, and agreed to field two of his players in the upcoming CHAN 2018 Tournament regardless of form. Salisu Yusuf has been banned from all football–related activities for one year with immediate effect and asked to pay $5000.
Soul singer Aramide did nothing but win a hotly contested award at the Headies. Unfunny comedian Ebiye’s knee-jerk response was to head to Snapchat to accuse Aramide of trading sex to claim the trophy. Yes, it was as bad as it sounds, made worse by the fact that Aramide had just beaten a strong line up of male nominees to win the Headies trophy for Best Alternative Song. Ebiye was promptly dragged for his misogyny and was forced to put out an apology thereafter.
- Isaac Adewole
The Minister of Health Isaac Adewole was in the news for the wrong reasons. There was his beef with the suspended executive secretary of the health insurance scheme, and then his insensitive and anti-intellectual downplaying of the importance of residency training. According to Adewole, doctors could find alternative career fulfilment in clothes making or farming as not all doctors are cut out to be specialists. Who else is wondering the quality of leadership Adewole is providing at policy level.
- Ibrahim Mantu
Former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu during an interview on Channels Television, confessed to have been actively involved in compromising election officials, security officers and agents of rival parties to secure victory for the PDP. Mantu isn’t the first politician to confess to electoral crimes but it seems that every one from INEC to the EFCC has turned deaf ears to his claims.
- Richard Akindele
Until this year, Richard Iyiola Akindele was a Professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University. His career came unravelling when he was accused by a former student, Monica Osagie of demanding sexual relations in return for a pass score in one of his courses. Ms Osagie came with receipts, releasing recordings of phone conversations between them. Akindele was sentenced to a two year jail term this December.
- Visionscape and #CleanerLagos influencers
The single legacy that outgoing Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode leaves behind is a filthy one. Lagos is incapable of managing its waste and the reason for this is the monopoly secured by Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, a foreign firm with no demonstrated experience or competence in managing waste on a large scale. Instead of working hard at ridding Lagos of waste, Visionscape and Lagos state got some online influencers for a feeble PR attempt that backfired immediately it was attempted.
- Kemi Adeosun
Former Minister for Finance, Kemi Adeosun was forced to resign her appointment over allegations that she forged her National Youth Service Corps certificate of exemption. A Premium Times report claimed that the finance minister, who did not participate in the one-year national youth service, forged an exemption certificate several years after her graduation. This certificate, dated September 2009, was reportedly signed by an NYSC Director-General, Yusuf Bomoi, who had already left the scheme in January 2009. Adeosun was also accused of succumbing to blackmail by national assembly members who were in the know of her situation.
3. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris
Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris’ handling of the clashes between herdsmen and host communities in the middle best has been embarrassing to say the least. Worse still is his propensity for speaking nonchalantly. Idris disobeyed a direct order from the Presidency to relocate temporarily to Benue state and was not sanctioned. He also continued to meddle in partisan matters where he should stay above the fray.
- 2. Tukur Yusuf Buratai
In December, the New York Times published an investigation into the bloody clash between processing Shiite muslims and soldiers that left many citizens dead. The report was more than enough to have demanded the resignation of the Chief of Army Staff. It was only one in countless episodes of gross human rights abuses that have characterized the tenure of Buratai as COAS. Others are reprisal attacks that followed the murder of an army general in Jos and the harassment of Amnesty International.
- Abdullahi Ganduje
In a series of videos that shocked and appalled the country, Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje was recorded received bribes totaling about $5 million in installments from a certain contractor on several occasions. Four different video clips showing the governor accepting bundles of dollar notes and stuffing them into the recesses of his clothes have gone viral and the publisher of Daily Nigerian, Ja’afar Ja’afar who released the videos claims to be in possession of more clips. Speaking through his commissioner of information, Ganduje claimed that the videos were doctored.
Wilfred Okiche is a medic, reader, writer, journalist, culture critic, and occasional ruffler of feathers. One of the most influential critics working in the Nigerian culture space, his writing has appeared extensively in platforms like YNaija.com and 360nobs.com. Okiche has provided editorial assistance to the UK Guardian and has had his work published in African Arguments, Africa is a Country and South Africa’s City Press. He has received trainings and acquired experience in multimedia and online journalism. He also appears on the culture television show, Africana Literati. He has participated at critic programs in Lagos, Durban and Rotterdam.