2014 has been an interesting year. As with every other pre-election year, there has been a lot of political drama this year. CISSELODGE.COM will take you through the 14 of the most scandalous events that rocked the polity.
1. $20billion oil money scandal
In October 2013, Mallam Sanusi Lamido, then Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria now Emir of Kano raised alarm that $49.8 billion was missing from the federation account. By January 2014, the CBN governor switched tone and said the missing amount was $20billion.
2. Suspension of CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Fed up with Sanusiâ€™s whistle blowing, President Goodluck Jonathan handed him a suspension and the SSS seized his travel documents. It became quite a scandal as Sanusi headed to court to fight his suspension and the All Progressives Congress, APC lined up behind him.
3. Kidnap of Chibok school girls
On April 14, over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from Government secondary school, Chibok in Borno state. The kidnap of the Chibok school girls birthed the #BringBackOurGirl movement.
4. Impeachment of Murtala Nyako
Months after defecting from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor Murtala Nyako was impeached by 18 out of 25 members of the Adamawa state assembly.
5. Immigration recruitment stampede /deaths
On March 15, 19 Nigerians lost their lives during the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment exercise. The deaths brought to the fore, the high rate of unemployment in the country and governmentâ€™s callousness.
6. Incumbent Governor Fayemi loses Ekiti gubernatorial elections
Trouble maker, Ayo Fayose defeated incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi to clinch the Ekiti Governor seat. The election was characterized by propaganda as the opposition found it difficult to accept the defeat of Fayemi, who had earlier won the election on social media.
7. Patience Jonathanâ€™s emotional outburst ; “there is God o”
Finally, the federal government admitted that the Chibok girls had been kidnapped. First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan meddled into the matter and tried to play detective. When her effort to get information from the major actors failed; the first lady got emotional on national television and wailed “there is God o”
8. Ebola in Nigeria
The dreaded Ebola Virus arrived in Lagos, Nigeria after months of ravaging a few other West African countries. The government was ill prepared but quickly rose to the challenge. Within months, Nigeria was free from the virus and politicians scrambled to take credit for the successful defeat of Ebola.
9. Sanusi becomes Emir of Kano
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria became the Emir of Kano,Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II . The nation was shocked, even Sanusi couldn’t believe his own luck.
10. Botched South African arms deal
The Nigerian government came under fire after it tried to purchase weapons from South Africa. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria was roped into the scandal and the country was merry with gossip.
11. Boko haram ceasefire sham
The Nigerian government announced that it had reached a ceasefire agreement with the dreaded Boko haram terrorists group; Nigerians jubilated until the boko haram group struck few days into the alleged ceasefire and all hell was let loose.
12. Tambuwalâ€™s defection
After months of sitting on the fence, speaker of the house of representatives, Aminu Tambuwal finally defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
13. Collapse of Synagogue building
A guest house belonging to Prophet T.B Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) collapsed on September 12, 2014 killing several persons; mostly South Africans. While the South African government spat fire, the Nigerian government condoled with Prophet Joshua.
14. Lawmakerâ€™s scale assembly fence
The Nigerian Police Force attempted to stop embattled speaker of the house of representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and his supporters from entering the National Assembly complex. The lawmakers revolted and took to gate climbing.