In many ways, 2016 was a year with diverse challenges for Nigerians and the entire world. Many Nigerians will not forget the impact of Nigeria’s economic recession on them and how they struggled to cope with the increase in the price of goods and services. Here are the reminiscences of 2016 as it happened in Nigeria and globally.
The year started with president Muhammadu Buhari’s new year message to Nigerians. President Buhari told Nigerians that living in the state house does not alienate him from the daily sufferings of Nigerians. He said this as a result of lengthy queues witnessed at fuel stations before and at the beginning of the new year 2016.
The controversy surrounding the issue of ”budget padding” came to the knowledge of Nigerians as Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, a member of the House of Representatives accused the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and some principal officers of the house of ”padding” the 2016 budget.
President Barack Obama and his family, became the first US president to visit Havana,Cuba in 88 years.
Panama papers became a common word in the media and in the finance world. Panama papers refer to millions of confidential documents that were leaked from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. The Panama papers revealed details of how some of the world’s richest people keep their assets into secretive companies in lightly regulated jurisdiction.
The federal government of Nigeria removed the subsidy on petrol and fuel price increased from 86.50k to 145 Naira.
Also in May, Leicester city in the history of the club won the English Barclays Premier League.
Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74. Ali was an American professional boxer, athlete and activist. He was widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century.
Also in June, Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, resigned following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Cameron said he was absolutely clear about his belief that Britain was stronger, safer and better off inside the EU. But the British people people made a different decision on what they term Brexit.
FBI Director, James Comey says he will not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton on the email scandal after a thorough investigation.
Federal government of Nigeria announced that Nigeria was officially in recession and that the government remained optimistic of a turnaround. The announcement came after the National Bureau of Statistics released it second quarter report for the 2016 in which GDP declined -2.06 and annual inflation rose to 17.1 percent.
The summer Olympics also opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Godwin Obaseki, the All Progressive Congress governorship candidate in the Edo state election, emerged as the winner after he defeated Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). APC won 13 out of the 18 LGA and PDP won 5
Boko Haram released 21 out of the kidnapped Chibok school girls in a town called Banki, close to Nigeria’s border with Cameroon. The girls were released after being held for more than two years. The federal government denied any prisoner swap in exchange for the released girls. Earlier in May, Amina Ali, also from Chibok, was rescued by security agents together with her child.
Rotimi Akeredolu(SAN) of the APC was declared winner of the November 26,2016 governorship election in Ondo state. Mr Akeredolu defeated Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP, and Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy AD to win the election.
A plane carrying Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia killing 71 people on board.
Tragedy struck at Reigners Bible Ministry Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital on December 10, after the church building collapsed during a service.
Andrei Karlov, Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated on December 19 in Ankara. That same day, a truck drove into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany killing at least a dozen and leaving many injured.
Carrie Fisher died on December 27,2016 while Debbie Reynolds her mother died a day after.
President Buhari said the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, informed him that the last camp of Boko Haram fell on Friday, 23 December. Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram captured camp zero, an enclave of the dreaded militants in Sambisa forest as the terrorists flee.