2019 will not be forgotten in a hurry for obvious reasons. One of which is that many Nigerians of interest made some remarkable, controversial and in some cases, funny remarks, that will remain etched in the memories of fellow citizens.
One of the very controversial comments made in 2019 came from An Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Yomi Shogunle on Wednesday, April 17, when he said that a sure way to avoid trouble with men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squard (SARS) is not to speak Queens English with them during interrogation.
Shogunle advised Nigerians to rather communicate with officers of SARS in pidgin which he thought is a more acceptable and local language that will not make the security personnel feel intimidated.
This came at a time when brutality from men of the force on innocent Nigerians was unbearably on the high side with a number of unwarranted killings recorded.
Senator Aliyu Abdullahi
After mixed and heated reactions to the hate-speech bill which some Nigerians regarded as brutal, the sponsor of the move, Senator Abdullahi (representing Niger North) said that the proposed legislation will be amended by the Senate to suit the wishes of Nigerians.
This is coming days after the Senate itself, through its acting spokesperson, Godiya Akwashiki, has disowned the bill and has said that it is entirely sponsored by the senator.
The detention of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest, in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) brought a lot of heat on the presidency both from the citizens of the country and the international community.
One of nations which kicked against Sowore's detention after the order of the Federal High Court, was the United States (US), which said that the presidency has no regard for court order and the rule of law.
In reaction to this, a presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said that the US is not the police of the world and has no business in the affairs of Nigeria.
This is one very controversial statement to make because the US, as a world power, is a stakeholder in a lot countries of the world for many years such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Afganistan, Lybia, Haiti, Sudan, Congo, Cuba, Spain and even our dear nation Nigeria.
In relation this, the former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, berated the presidency for its position over US' call for adherence to the rule of law and due processes in the country.
Sani said that the federal government is not willing to listen to the advice of the US on the issue, but is always ready to accept aids, loans and even investments from the country.
Following his defeat in the Kogi West senatorial rerun election, former Senator Dino Melaye made some rather controversial remarks in reference to the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello.
Melaye said that he is better in many aspects of life: education, physical appearance and even in bed.
Needless to say, this is coming from a man who is yet to attain the status of a governor, a position which Bello has occupied at least twice.
The same Melaye called Senator Smart Adeyemi, his rival at the election, his political wife a few months to the poll, boasting that he would defeat him even if we know that he eventually lost his seat at the Senate.
Even after the election, Melaye refused to congratulate Adeyemi, claiming that doing so would be like hailing a thief for carrying out a successful robbery operation.
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Muhammad
Another statement that triggered controversy in the nation was the call by CJN Muhammad for the amendment of the Nigerian constitution in order to accommodate sections of the Sharia law.
Added to this, the CJN also called for separate faculties to be dedicated to the Islamic set of laws in tertiary institution.
The whole move rekindled fears among a section of Nigerians who felt that this is one of the steps towards the rumoured Islamisation of the country, although this is not really true.
The general overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Daniel Olukoya, blew up social media with his controversial message that claimed that the celebration of Christmas was idolatory.
Moreover, Olukoya said that the date 25th of December could not have been when Chrsit Jesus was born as the weather in Israel then did could not permit shepherds to be out in the fields with their flocks.
However, Collins Edomaruse, a spokespersons of MFM, making clarification about the message of Olukoya, said that the church will use the date for prayer, meetings and seminars, adding that it is not against other Christian organisations that celebrate the season.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the DSS had been ordered by the federal government to release the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, and Sowore.
The minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, made this public in a statement on Tuesday, December 24.
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