As President Muhammadu Buhari returns to Nigeria to continue his duties as the nation’s number one citizen, we take a quick look at the three major battles that await him.
The President would for the first time come face-to-face with the ‘hard fist’ of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Recall that ASUU had last week announced a nationwide strike, over failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement between the two parties.
The academic union anchored its reasons on outstanding issues with the Federal Government to include: payment of fractions/non-payment of salaries; non-payment of earned academic allowances, non-release of operational license of NUPEMCO; non implementation of the provisions of the 2014 pension reform act with respect to retired professors and their salaries, removal of universities staff schools from funding by government and funds for the revitalisation of public universities.
This is the first time the union would be taking such decision since the current administration came on board in 2015.
The last time ASUU downed tools was in 2019 when Goodluck Jonathan was in power.
Though, the President is expected to address the nation via a nationwide broadcast on Sunday, Nigerians expect that he would address the grudges of the lecturers without delay.
Biafra and other separatist groups
While the President was away in London on health ground, the drum for the rebirth of Biafra Republic and other separatist groups became louder.
While Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra had allegedly formed a Biafra Secret Service, BSS, in preparation for its freedom, more groups in South Western part joined the call for the birth of Oduduwa Republic.
Kanu, who has been touring the eastern states, vowed that he was ready to die for the freedom of Igbos from Nigeria.
Buhari is expected to take a lasting decision on the ongoing clamour for the disintegration of the country.
The media war – Fani Kayode, Ayo Fayose and Reno Omokri
The return of Buhari may have opened the flood gate of media diatribes from naysayers, viz: Femi Fani-Kayode, Ayo Fayose and Reno Omokri.
As the President resumes, he is expected to face attack from the trio.
He is expected to find a way to silence their voice or develop thick skin to welcome their verbal bullets.