30 Names Of Noise Makers In Nigeria: Those Who Made The Headlines In 2016 (1)
It is a no-brainer that 2016 would take a walk down memory lane as a year inflamed in the gale of monumental scandals and controversies.
A year that was impregnated with stories of scandalous proportions, which tugged our heartstrings and ripped the social media platforms apart with a colossal meltdown.
READ MORE: 30 People Who Made The News In 2015
Though tragedy struck from so many corners of the country this year – hostilities on oil pipelines, terror threats, corruption and a general sense of fear – there were also several heartwarming stories that restored our faith in humanity.
With less than 19 days to the valediction of 2016, we have decided to bring to you a list of 30 noise makers – people, agency and group – that made the headlines this year.
These outstanding noise makers, which among others include; politicians, celebrities, bloggers, pastors, agencies and groups earned their reputation based on the immense impact made that caught the attention of the general public, media and also made the news.
While a host of them caught the eyes of the public with their vocational eccentricity, others gained prominence in notoriety.
In no respective order, meet the 30 Noise makers for the year 2016.
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, is easily one of the biggest critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari led government and a virulent pathogen to the ruling party, the All Progressives Party (APC).
Unmistakably an idealised version of intrepidity at its most accruing tempo, Fani-Kayode has beyond doubt proven to be a man that will not bow to the whiplash of the presidency nor be cowered by the bridle of a superior authority that doesn’t share his kind of political creeds.
The Nigerian social community was ignited in October after his wife, Mrs. Precious Fani-Kayode, was accosted by security officials of the Access Bank branch in Ado Ekiti on the order of the EFCC, after she had gone to make transactions.
It then dawn on the nursing mother, who was in Ado-Ekiti as a guest of Governor Ayodele Fayose, and had visited the banking hall with her eight month old baby that she had to call for help.
The timely intervention of Governor Fayose secured her release as the state executive of Ekiti state stormed the bank with some of his supporters around 7 pm.
Barely days after the incident, Mr. Fani Kayode, who served as the spokesman for the ‘failed’ re-election campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, was arrested by the anti-graft agency with connection to 17-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N4.9 billion filed by the commission in Abuja against him.
Fani-Kayode, who was subsequently released from the Kuje prison after spending twenty four days, recently got engaged in a fierce twitter fight with popular businessman, Chief Jimoh Ibrahim, In the wake of the Ondo State Gubernatorial Election.
The outcome of the squabble was nothing short of shame and infamy as morally inexcusable words were traded openly to the delight of netizens around the country.
29. Niger Delta Militancy:
Sequel to the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria, militancy became the gambit for attention after a certain sabotaging cult within the creeks of the Niger Delta, threatened to undermine the peacefulness of the nation’s sovereignty with the continuous destruction of the country’s economic assets within the region.
In spite of the parley meeting on ceasefire held between their delegates and the Buhari led government, the dauntless militant groups, spearheaded by the Niger Delta Avengers, betrayed the armistice and then embarked on another level of vandalisation of oil pipelines.
The unending spasm of hostilities on oil facilities by the militants have cost the West African country a whopping lost of more than N1.8 trillion in oil revenues since the resurgence of militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta region – truncating the output to the lowest in almost 30 years.
In an attempt to stem their nefarious activities, the president threatened to unleash the tactics used against Boko Haram insurgents on them – a threat that was received with more assaults on the country’s petroleum infrastructure.
In reply, the spokesman for the NDA, Mudoch Agbinibo, in a statement issued on its official website, blamed the federal government refusal to honour the ceasefire it entered into with them to allow for a dialogue on November 1, 2016 as the reason for the renewed attacks.
The group also accused the government of using military to undermine the process by ‘unnecessarily’ harassing communities and arresting innocent people in the region.
The outcome of the vandalisation has left the economy of the country in dire straits (recession), plunging the nation further down the road to a financial crisis and deeper into the abyss of untold austerity.
The situation becomes worrisome when viewed against the backdrop that crude oil exports account for about 70 per cent of Nigeria’s revenue and 90 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings.
28. Pastor Enoch Adeboye:
The founder and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye, is a cultured cleric of unquestioned tenet and sacred rectitude – one who apparently holds no communion with controversies and scandals.
However, that appellation was put to question on a Sunday morning in the month of August, when the “Man of God”, admonished his young male congregation not to marry a lazy woman, a woman outside the church and a woman who can’t cook.
The clergyman also served his female congregants from the plate of the admonishment, urging them not to marry a man who had no job or who could not show concrete evidence of his means of livelihood.
The admonishment, which was well received by quite a number of Nigerians, did not go to well with others, as several Nigerians on social media questioned the era in which such admonishment was dished – a period in which unemployment, untold hardship and economic downturn reign supreme in the country.
As a result of this, the social media community was overwhelmed with pulsating reactions on the matter, as several ‘troubled’ Nigerians hurled offensive words of utter resentment at the esteemed cleric.
However, in response to the backlash, the cleric told Nigerians not to feel inflamed, adding that: “My message are not for everybody. So, I plead with you, ask God to speak to you specifically.”
27. Aisha Buhari:
Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of Nigeria and the beautiful wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, is a no-nonsense woman of conspicuous candor and leadership, sandwiched in the culture of humility and pellucidity.
However, her almost flawless temperament was aroused in June, after she clearly got fed up with the provocative antics of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, in the wake of the Halliburton scandal.
A Twitter account that was credit to her tweeted below [with the tweets promptly taken down after a few minutes].
The internet was stirred with multiple reactions as scores of Nigerians criticised the First Lady for her lack of tact in handling Governor Fayose’s provocation.
Months after the social media community had recovered from the hangover of that furore; a more dramatic party ensued in the media community after she granted an interview to BBC Hausa.
In the interview, Mrs Buhari had warned her husband that she may not support him “if he seeks for re-election in 2019 unless he shakes up his government,” adding that his administration had been hijacked by some cabals.
Apparently ruffled by her statement – which was published by BBC immediately after he left Nigeria for Germany – President Buhari, in a satirical manner, said “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”
This led to a plurality of opinions among Nigerians as many likened the president to an impenitent totalitarian who has no regard for the egalitarianism of womanhood – this is just as others condemned the way the statement was being exaggerated and taken out of context.
In the light of the orientation programme for the 2016 Stream ‘II’ of Batch ‘A’ in May 2016, trouble started when the Scheme announced that it might not converge for orientation course due to lack of money.
The announcement was met with a “hammer on the back” as “aggrieved” prospective corps members, in their droves, took to social media and the streets to protest their chagrin at the incompetence and failure of the government to fund their orientation course and the untoward delay in their mobilisation.
The NYSC continued to make the headlines this year on different matters arising – from the deplorable state of the camps’ facilities, need to scrap the scheme and then the increment in allowances – until recently when a heartrending news broke out on the death of 3 corps members in a “blame game” and showdown of alleged negligence between the media and the scheme.
The internet was inundated in monumental outrage after the three corps members, Chinyerum Nwenenda Elechi, Ifedolapo Oladepo and Monday Asuquo Ukeme, where declared dead within the space of a week in their orientation camps in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara States respectively.”
To be continued…