June 18, 2024

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10 Things to know this Weekend About The Current Situations in Nigeria (UPDATED)


After a whole week of what can be called a rollercoaster of bad events. From the annoying silence of the government over pressing issues to deal with the daily hassles of being a Nigerian, here are some notable things to know about the situation in the country.


  1. Over 168 passengers from the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna attack are still being held, hostage. In a video released by the train attackers, they show that they have a great number of passengers as hostages. Alwan Ali-Hassan, Managing Director of Nigeria’s Bank of Agriculture is also seen in the video but reports say he paid the ransom and has since been released.


The rest of the passengers who have no one to come to their aid, are still at the camp of the bandits, being used as bait to get the Government to react.


In the video released, the attackers say that they are not after money, and the Federal Government knows exactly what they want.


This raises the question, what in heaven’s name is happening right now?! One could easily compare this situation to a couple fighting, and the woman does something crazy to get the man’s attention. Only in this case, “something crazy” involves the lives of human beings.

So can it be that the bandit and the federal government are in some sort of relationship? And maybe someone isn’t holding up their end of the deal?

We can’t even say. Let’s all sit back and watch how the government fights this situation.


  1. Reports say that the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo will disclose his intentions in the 2023 presidential elections. The vice president thinks it’s time to declare his position on the 2023 general elections, especially now it’s close. Well, sir, Nigeria is waiting to hear what you have to say.


  1. Nigeria is at high risk of debt distress, or already in debt distress according to a report by the International Monetary Fund.


The report noted that the debts taken by the President have been creeping up and the changing of creditors’ composition would make restructuring very complex.

More so, in a statement given by The Chief Executive Officer, for The Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise, He says, “The rising debt profile of government raises serious sustainability concerns. The Debt Management Office had reported that total public debt was N39.56tn as of December 2021.  About 11.3 percent of this debt is owed by the states and FCT.”


“However, when we take account of borrowings from the CBN and the stock of AMCON debt, the debt profile would be in excess of N50tn.”


He also said that the Nigerian government doesn’t have a solid revenue system to combat the increasing borrowing rate of the government. This means that the government would have to cut costs and expenditures to strengthen the revenue system. But we all know that’s a futile case as no one is about to give up his private jet or fleet of cars.


  1. The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, instituted a 50 billion Naira suit against the Federal Government, saying that he was unlawfully abducted from Kenya and brought to Nigeria for trial. He further alleged that the actions of the government were in full violation of his human rights.


In his court hearing today at the Federal High Court Abuja, DSS Operatives were seen operating in full glory as they barricaded all roads leading to the court. In their defense, the DSS says it’s to tighten security around the court premises.

Meanwhile, several states in the South East region of the country are observing a sit-at-home order to show solidarity with the Biafra leader.


  1. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again extended the closing dates for the purchase and submission of expression of interest and nomination forms for the 2023 general elections.


According to the new regulations, the last day for the purchase of all forms has been extended to Thursday, April 14, 2022.

Recall that division has begun in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the candidate for the 2023 presidential position. While some party members support that the ticket is thrown open to all members, others say that it should be zoned with the South East topping the charts.


According to Political enthusiasts, the PDP is about to hand over another 8 years to the current administration, APC if they allow themselves to be distracted by frivolous in-house issues that can be sorted.


  1. The Local Government Area headquarters in the home of Charles Chukuwma Soludo, Anambra State Governor was set ablaze by “unknown gunmen” in the state.


In a circular signed by  Igwegbe, the Head of Service, the Governor had warned workers to resume working on Mondays, and that defaulters would be sanctioned. The memo reads, “Following the need to reposition the service for better performance and productivity, His Excellency, the governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has directed that henceforth, all public servants should report at their places of work every Monday like every other weekday.


“Consequently, absence from work on Monday, or any other workday without any approval will be viewed as serious misconduct, which will attract appropriate sanctions. This directive takes immediate effect.”

This is believed to be a reaction to the Governor’s sit-at-home order cancellation.


  1. A Federal High Court in Abuja has declined to declare the governorship position open, despite Governor Ayanfe’s defection from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC).


The suit was tendered by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which was seeking the removal of the Governor for switching parties.

Delivering his judgment on the suit, the judge, Taiwo Taiwo, held that a governor cannot be sacked on account of defecting from the political party on whose platform he was elected, to another.

I guess that ends the case. And can someone remind the PDP to focus on the bigger fish? The 2023 general elections?


  1. President Muhammadu Buhari has written a letter to the House of Representatives, stating that he would borrow a sum of N965.42bn to make up for the deficit in the 2022 Appropriation Act budget.


For posterity’s sake, Who is the President’s advisor?

I think at this point, we all should get ready to keep paying back debts for the rest of our lives.


  1. Suspected Russian hackers attack the Nigerian website Bet 9ja. Bet9ja is an online platform, that allows people to predict scores and bet to win. On Wednesday, the company shared through its Twitter account that they were having issues with their website as users were unable to log in.


This attack came barely days after the US sent out a warning about impending cyberattacks from Russia in line with the ongoing war with Ukraine.

The management of Bet9ja, however, assured its customers that they are working tirelessly to fix the situation.


  1. Families of missing train passengers protest at the briefing of the ministry of transportation. According to them, the government should provide an answer for the whereabouts of their relatives. The minister of state for transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, reacted to the protests by saying that the government was doing everything within its power to ensure the safe return of the abducted passengers.


Who is the government and what have they been doing? It’s been over 10 days, and the government is still “doing what they can”





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