YEAR 2019 is a year that Nigerians will not forget in a hurry. Being an election year, it was characterised by high-wire intrigues, alignments and re-alignments, uncertainties, turmoil, appointments and disappointments on the political terrain. The political firmament was astir throughout the year.Aside politics, the year also witnessed a series of killings arising from the herdsmen/farmers’ crisis, Boko Haram insurgency, cult clashes, electoral violence, banditry and kidnapping among others.
Directly or indirectly arising from the actions of political actors and leaders, some of the issues that shaped 2019 include: the 2019 general polls, the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections and the controversies hallmarking them; the forced resignation of Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN.
Others include continued detention by the Federal Government of Mallam Ibrahim el-Zakzaky leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN and the attendant Shiites protests and violent clashes with security agencies; squabble between All Progressives Congress, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; and disquiet in the presidency over moves by the cabal to ‘’clip” Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo’s wings.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s challenge of the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari up to the Supreme Court kept the political atmosphere charged till the apex court delivered its ruling recently.
Practically, the arrest and detention of Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore over his call for revolution, the attendant protests and flaying of the government by human rights activists and some prominent leaders kept the polity abuzz from August 3 to December 24 when he was released by the Department of State Service, DSS.
2019 will not close without recalling the loss of the Saraki political dynasty in Kwara State, the release of former National Security Adviser, NSA Col Sambo Dasuki, retd, the conviction of former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu for fraud, and controversial Federal Government’s policies such as closing of land borders and visa on arrival for Africans.