#DontForget2018: 7 Events That United Nigerians
It is the last day of 2018 and a lot has already happened in the year.
Several events occurred in the year that really united Nigerians and put smiles on their faces, but not very many persons will remember these events.
Here are few of them:
1. Nigeria Bobsled Team Makes Debut
On February 20, 2018 the much awaited day for Nigeria Bobsled team to feature in the winder Olympics came and Nigerians who had access to the game on TV were glued to their televisions watching.
The three ladies that represented Nigeria; Ngozi Onwumere, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga, made their debut at the Pyeongchang 2018 event.
Although the team did not win a medal in the event, Nigerians commended their performance which was the first ever for the populous African nation.
2. 'Release' Or 'Return' Of Dapchi Girls
On March 21, after over one month in the custody of the Boko Haram's splinter group's custody, news about the return of Dapchi girls came in and everyone was happy.
They had been taken from their school's dormitory in Dapchi, Yobe State on February 19 at about 5:30 p.m. by the Boko Haram group that had affiliation with ISIS.
Nigerians commended the government for acting fast in negotiating the return of the girls aged 11 to 19 years back.
It was an incident in Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government area of Yobe State, but Nigerians followed diligently even as they were received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
3. Grand Finale Of BBNaija "Double Wahala"
The final day of Big Brother Naija event, April 21, was another day for Nigerians and lovers of entertainment.
People voted overwhelmingly for the contestant of their choice, with Miracle emerging winner.
The event, which trended globally on the day, became the talk of town and on social networks.
Nigerians who had followed the reality show keenly expressed their conviction that the choice of Miracle, a pilot, was right.
4. June 12 Declared Democracy Day
No one sustained any kick against it for more than two days.
The South Western part of Nigeria acted like the decision of President Buhari to change Nigeria’s Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 was "hot rob that soothes excruciating pain".
It was long clamoured for and it came on a platter of gold, even though the opposition Peoples Democratic Party said it was a cheap way for the President to woo the region for their thumbs on the ballot paper.
Not very many Nigerians disputed this day that M.KO. Abiola was deprived the chance of ruling Nigeria after an election everyone hoped he would win was annulled.
It was victory at last for those in the South West that had consistently marked the date as Democracy Day with public holiday to match.
5. Ahmed Musa’s Goals Against Iceland
On June 22, I sat on a sofa and watched the game with keen interest, my heart knowing were my support was, and that it was exactly where the support of over 190 million Nigerians were at the time.
We were all playing against a population that is a little over 300,000 people and we were praying for victory.
The first half had passed with Iceland holding forth against the legion coming against them. We needed to win to keep hope alive.
At the 49th minute of the game the silence on the streets was broken.
Ahmed Musa had done it and the whole nation screamed at once like the wall of Jericho was again going to be brought down.
Indeed, it was broken to pieces when at the end of the second group stage game Nigerians had three goals in their pockets as we headed home after the self-inflicted draw against Argentina.
This game called football has continued to show its power to unite Nigerians and again everyone was happy, forgetting their tribes, religion and political divide.
6. The Reform SARS Order By Acting President Osinbajo
In August, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in Acting President capacity, ordered the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and this came as a soothing decision for many Nigerians that has pushed the #ENDSARS campaign in late 2017 and early 2018.
In a statement on the ordered reform, Laolu Aknde, a spokesman for Professor Osinbajo, said: "Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Acting-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.
The order was welcomed by majority of Nigerians who had started seeing these men in black as more of a threat than persons meant to protect the populace.
We will keep hoping that someday, sometime, people with the good of the people at heart will emerge as our leaders. However, the leadership of any nation is a reflection of the majority of the people.
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