Political Figures of the Week

Shefiu Muib
By Muib Shefiu 5 Min Read

This week in Nigerian politics, several prominent figures have found themselves in the spotlight, navigating a landscape filled with both accolades and criticisms.

The actions and decisions of these leaders reflect the complexities of governance in a country grappling with economic challenges, social unrest, and the relentless pursuit of development.

From contentious approvals and urgent calls for institutional reform to recognition for developmental achievements and appeals for peace, these political figures have made significant impacts on national discourse.

Their stories not only highlight the current state of Nigerian politics but also provide insight into the diverse approaches to leadership and governance within the country.

Senator Godswill Akpabio

Senate President Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio  has been at the center of public criticism following his remarks on the anticipatory approval of a presidential jet. Amid Nigeria’s economic challenges, including high inflation, unemployment, and fuel surcharges, Akpabio’s focus on a private jet has sparked outrage.

Critics argue that this move is insensitive to the country’s current economic plight and priorities. The backlash underscores the growing discontent among Nigerians regarding the government’s spending decisions during a period of economic hardship.

Mr. Ola Olukoyede

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Mr. Ola Olukoyede, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), faces mounting pressure for comprehensive reform within the commission. A viral video showing EFCC operatives humiliating a young Nigerian woman has intensified calls for change.

The video depicts five EFCC officers in tactical gear breaking into a room and repeatedly slapping a woman identified as the hotel manager. Eyewitness accounts and additional footage have revealed multiple instances of guest and staff mistreatment.

This incident has sparked widespread outrage and demands for accountability and reform within the EFCC, highlighting the urgent need for addressing misconduct among law enforcement agencies.

Patience Jonathan

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Former First Lady Patience Jonathan has called for peace amidst the ongoing crisis in Rivers State. Speaking at the 60th anniversary of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) international colloquium in Abuja, she urged the conflicting parties to allow the current administration to function without interference.

Addressing the theme “Public Relations, Value Re-orientation and Economic Transformation,” Jonathan emphasized the importance of maintaining stability to facilitate effective governance and economic development in the oil-rich state. Her appeal reflects a broader desire for harmony and cooperation in the region.

Ahmadu Fintiri

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Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has been nominated for the prestigious Infrastructure Development Award for the second consecutive time. This accolade, presented by The Best Strategic Media in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, honors leaders who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to infrastructure improvement.

Fintiri’s administration has focused on revitalizing critical sectors, including roads, bridges, healthcare, education, and water supply, driving significant growth and development in Adamawa State. His recognition highlights the tangible impact of dedicated leadership on community advancement.

Peter Mbah

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Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah has been honored by the federal government for his efforts in promoting entrepreneurial development and economic growth through the empowerment of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

During the 6th National MSME Award at the State House Banquet Hall in Abuja, Mbah was recognized for launching a N1 billion fund in partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

This fund provides accessible, single-digit loans to MSMEs, addressing the critical need for affordable business financing. The award acknowledges Mbah’s dedication to fostering a supportive environment for entrepreneurship and economic resilience in Enugu State.


This week’s political developments in Nigeria highlight the diverse challenges and achievements of its leaders. From facing public scrutiny and calls for reform to receiving recognition for developmental initiatives, these figures demonstrate the complexities of governance in a rapidly evolving political landscape.

Their actions not only shape current events but also set the stage for future policies and societal progress. As these leaders navigate their respective roles, their decisions will continue to influence Nigeria’s socio-economic trajectory and the well-being of its citizens.

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