Political Figures of the Week

Shefiu Muib
By Muib Shefiu 4 Min Read

This week has been particularly eventful in Nigeria’s political landscape, with significant developments surrounding various political figures.

From a presidential decision that stirs nostalgia and controversy, to legal reaffirmation, and policy adjustments, these leaders have been at the forefront of national discourse.

Here’s a closer look at the political figures making headlines.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, has captured the nation’s attention by reinstating Nigeria’s national anthem from the 1960s. This move has sparked a mix of reactions.

Supporters praise Tinubu for bringing back an anthem rich in meaning and history, suggesting it evokes a sense of national pride and continuity.

However, critics argue that reverting to an anthem composed by a foreigner during the colonial era symbolizes a step backward. They fear it undermines the post-colonial identity and progress Nigeria has made.

This decision underscores the ongoing tension between tradition and modernization in Nigeria’s national identity.

Elvert Ayambem

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In Cross River State, political drama unfolded with the impeachment of Speaker Elvert Ayambem by 17 members of the house over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

However, this action was short-lived. Following mediation by the state governor, Bassey Otu, and other key stakeholders, the 10th Assembly of Cross River State unanimously reaffirmed Ayambem as their Speaker.

This development highlights the complex dynamics of state politics, where power plays and reconciliations often intersect, and underscores Ayambem’s resilient hold on his position despite significant opposition.

Usman Ododo

Image source: Kogi State Government

Usman Ododo has been affirmed as the Governor of Kogi State by the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal. The tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Muritala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), ruling that the election was conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act.

Ododo’s victory is significant not only for his political career but also for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), solidifying their influence in Kogi State. Ododo, who previously served as Auditor General, is expected to continue his governance with a focus on maintaining electoral integrity and implementing his administrative agenda.

Mahmood Yakubu

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As the Edo State gubernatorial election approaches, concerns about potential malpractices have been widespread. In response, Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has assured the public that the election will reflect the will of the people.

This reassurance is critical in maintaining public trust in the electoral process, especially amidst a climate of skepticism. Yakubu’s leadership will be under scrutiny as he works to ensure a transparent and fair election in Edo State.

Festus Keyamo

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Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, has taken a responsive approach to public outcry regarding helicopter landing levies. Following significant backlash, Keyamo has suspended the enforcement of these levies and established a committee to review the concerns raised by stakeholders.

This decision demonstrates his willingness to engage with industry feedback and underscores the importance of adaptive governance in the face of public and industry pushback.


This week’s political landscape in Nigeria has been marked by significant decisions and developments that reflect the dynamic nature of governance.

From revisiting historical symbols to navigating legal reaffirmation and responding to public concerns, these political figures have demonstrated the varied challenges and responsibilities inherent in their roles.

As these stories continue to evolve, they will undoubtedly shape the future of Nigeria’s political and social landscape.

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