In ESSAY on February 7, 2011 at 9:45 am


Jonathan Goodluck sworn in as Nigeria’s Acting President

February 10, 2010 – National Assembly votes to transfer power to the Vice-President, Goodluck Jonathan, until Yar’Adua is able to resume presidency. Mr Yar’Adua returns to Nigeria but does not return to work.

Jonathan sacks Maurice Iwu

April 28, 2010. The five-year reign of Maurice Iwu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission came to a sudden end when the Acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, ordered him to proceed on a pre-disengagement leave, with immediate effect. Mr Iwu’s tenure expired on 13th June, 2010 and he had actively lobbied for an extension of his service.

President Umaru Yar’Adua dies in office

May 6, 2010 – Umaru Yar’Adua dies after a long illness. His vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, already acting in Yar’Adua’s stead, succeeds him. The president, who had been gravely ill since he left the country for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia on November 23, last year, passed on at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.

Yar’Adua, who had earlier been diagnosed of a heart problem, acute pericarditis, lost the gallant battle for life at the age of 58. He was Nigeria’s 13th Head of State and the fifth to die in office. He was buried in his hometown in Katsina State.

Jonathan dissolves cabinet including the sack of Aondoakka

17 May, 2010. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan sacked ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council. The sack came as a surprise to the ministers who had earlier in the day deliberated for seven hours with Jonathan during the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja. The sacked ministers, include former Education Minister, Dr. Sam Egwu, and former Commerce Minister, Chief Achike Udenwa, and former Minister of Justice Mike Aondoakaa

Nigeria crashes out of the world disgracefully

June 2010. This year’s disappointing World Cup, where they failed to win a match and finished bottom of Group B. 30 June 2010, following its early exit and poor showing,  President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national football team from international competition for two years. The suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of political interference,  hence on On 5 July 2010, the Nigerian government rescinded its ban of the national football team from FIFA/CAF football competitions


Top officials of the NFF Sacked

July 4, 2010. Three top officials of the NFF the president, Sanu Lulu, his vice president, Amanze Uchegbulam and head of the technical committee Taiwo Ogunjobi were sacked following Super Eagles poor showing at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

Sanusi sacks bank chiefs

August 13 2010. CBN Governor Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, announced the sack of five bank chief executive officers they are Intercontinental Bank Plc, Mr. Erastus Akingbola; Sebastine Adigwe of AfriBank Plc; Okey Nwosu of Finbank Plc; Mrs Cecilia Ibru of Oceanic Bank Plc and Barth Ebong of Union Bank Plc.

To replace them are John Aboh for Oceanic Bank Plc, Mahmud Alabi (Intercontinental Bank), Nebolisa Arah (Afribank), Suzanne Iroche (Finbank) while Funke Osibodu takes over at Union Bank Plc. The removal of the banks’ chiefs was allegedly due to excessively high level of non-performing loans, which was attributable to poor corporate governance practices, lax credit administration processes and the banks’ credit risk management practices.

42 Die after drinking pond water in Yobe

August 24, 2010. No fewer than 42 people including children died after taking contaminated water drawn from wells and ponds in 10 council areas of Yobe State. Also 484 others were reported infected with water-borne disease known as gastro-enteritis.

PHCN workers go on strike

August 25, 2010. Total outage was experienced all over the country following an industrial action embarked upon by electricity workers nationwide. The aggrieved workers under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEC) ordered their members to stay away from work due to non-payment of their monetization arrears since 2003.


President Jonathan Declares Presidential Ambition

September 18, 2010. President Goodluck Jonathan announced to a mammoth crowd at the Eagle square Abuja.


Bomb blasts rocks Independence day celebration

October 1, 2010. Two car bombs went off simultaneously to mar the independence day celebrations. Gideon Okah was arrested and arraigned in South Africa.

Cecilia Ibru jailed

October 8, 2010. Cecilia Ibru, the former managing director of Oceanic Bank PLC, was convicted of several counts of bank and security fraud by a federal high court in Lagos presided by Justice Dan Abutu to six months in jail and to forfeit over N190 billion naira in assets and cash.

Lead Poisoning kill 400 Children in Zamfara

October 6 2010. The international humanitarian group Medecines Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced that lead poisoning had killed 425 children in Zamfara. A lead poisoning epidemic linked to illegal gold mining hit the state at the start of the year. The intoxications were caused by the illegal extraction of ore by villagers who could transport crused rock home from the mines to extract the gold. The soil containing lead deposits would then be hap-hazardly disposed of, exposing children to inhalation or ingestion.


Late Esiaba Irobi wins NLNG Literary prize

October 9, 2010. Late Writer and Poet Esiabi Irobi won the 2010 NLNG Prize for literature for his play Cemetery Road.

Fayemi wins at Appeal Court Tribunal

October 15, 2010. Kayode Fayemi become the governor of Ekiti State three years after he launched a legal challenge to the declaration of INEC that Segun Oni won the state’s 2007 governorship election.  Oni was relieved of his job by the federal appeals court ruling in Ilorin that his opponent and Action Congress governorship candidate in the 2007 election, Fayemi was the rightful winner of the election. The court, ruling on a legal challenge to a rerun election held in the state last year, cancelled the result of voting in Ido Osi and Ifaki, saying these were fictitious. The 8000 votes were then deducted from the PDP result – thus handing over victory to the Action Congress candidate.

Arms seized at Lagos port

October 26, 2010. Container containing arms and ammunitions are discovered aboard a ship from Iran. The weapons included rocket launchers, grenade, mortars and light weapons stacked with ceramic tiles packed in crates.

Super Falcons Wins AWC

November 21, 2010. The Super Falcons’ clinching of their 6th African Women’s Championship Title and their qualification for Germany 2011.  They beat the female national team of Equatorial Guinea, the Nzalang Nacional 4-2 to clinch their 6th title in the history of the African Women’s Championship.

Siasia appointed as Super Eagles Coach

November 4, 2010. Samson Siasia appointed Super Eagles Coach


Aregbesola wins



November 26, 2010. Justices of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan declared the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Rauf Aregbesola, winner of the 2007 governorship election in Osun State and ordered that he be sworn in as governor by 12 noon the next day. The judgment sacked the Peoples Democratic Party government headed by Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Ibori Arrested and jailed

Pa Enahoro Dies at 87

15 December 2010. One of Nigeria’s formost politicians who fought for Nigeria’s independence, Anthony Enahoro at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) at the age of 87. Following a coma, in October he was rushed to the Intensive care unit of UBTH and never fully recovered. Mr Enahoro, famously moved the motion for Nigeria’s independence in 1957, devoted his life pro-democracy movement and fought tenaciously the military government of the late Sani Abacha.

PDP Consensus candidate

Jega asks for his billions

Amos Adamu accused of bribery

NLC Goes on strike

South East University lecturers strike


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