The news of the release of 1,400 terrorism suspects by the military has reopened the debate on the appropriate law enforcement response to captured insurgents. Although the Borno State government was at pains to explain that the freed suspects were actually not hard core Boko Haram jihadists, but relatives of terrorists “or persons found in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the failure to diligently prosecute these deviants despite their 10-year-long orgy of violence in favour of an ill-defined de-radicalisation programme, is wrong-headed. The responsibility of the state to punish mass murderers should not be influenced by political considerations and amnesty not backed by law.
In August 2019, Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), gave orders for the closure of the country’s land borders across West Africa to check the uncontrolled and seemingly uncontrollable activities of smugglers. Nigeria’s nearest neighbour, the Republic of Benin, offers the most notorious avenue for smugglers of anything from vehicles to agricultural products. With a population of a little over six million people, Benin’s economy thrives on huge imports from Europe and around the world. It is one of the largest importers of goods on the African continent. But that is not the whole story.
For decades, I have followed the empty to-and-fro discourse on how best to retrieve our country from the vice-like grip of enemies of state, who, unfortunately, are everywhere. These guys being in high and low places means they take part every time in the national search for solution. That’s akin to sending a thief to catch his gang. It is not rocket science to deduce that scoundrels in government would 8, 9, 10 out of 10 times connive with rebels (militants, kidnappers, armed robbers, terrorists, name them).
THE wealthiest man in the world today is a stingy man. Jeff Bezos, the amazing owner of Amazon, tops the list of world’s richest persons with a net worth of over $130bn.
THE good times are here – at last! – for Nigeria’s Eastern ports. The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, shipping companies, stakeholders in our maritime sector and the economy at large have had enough of the choking situation in Lagos and have decided to look eastwards for relief.
… The damning missive has come from the National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno. He is angry that Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari has strayed into territory not allowed him under the Constitution. He accuses Kyari of “undue and dangerous interference on matters bordering on national security”. So upset is Monguno that, according to the Premium Times online newspaper which sighted the letter, he “fired a warning memo to all service chiefs to desist from taking further directives from Mr. Kyari”
.. The establishment act of the FCC has mandated that it be composed of federal commissioners from each of the 36 states and one from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. As at today, all members of the commission appointed by the previous administration have served their tenure of office, except Ambassador Abdullahi Halidu Shinkafi. So, a board that is statutorily expected to be occupied by 37 members has been left with only one member! Meanwhile, Shinkafi, who is the acting chairman, is himself due to retire by April this year.
With the situation of things today, it will not be out of place to describe Nigeria as a country that is simultaneously being consumed by both internal and external aggressors. While the battle to curtail insurgency is raging from one end, enemies within have resolved to bring the economy to a halt through years of attacks on the nation’s major revenue earner-oil.
The impeachment trials of the United States’ President, Donald Trump, came to an end on February 5 with his acquittal by the upper house of the Congress. The Senate voted to acquit him on the two articles of impeachment, namely, the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Specifically, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other stakeholders such as the United Labour Congress (ULC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) have raised concerns about the protection of the workers’ retiring benefits in view of the fact that government has not shown sufficient sense of fiscal responsibility in its operations.
In the year 2000, world leaders adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration which committed the nations of the world to a new global partnership. A global partnership aimed at reducing extreme poverty and other time-bound targets with a stated deadline of 2015. At that time, it was the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) comprising 8 goals.
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was a musical genius. He created the rhythmically infectious afrobeat that is now universally recognized as a special genre of popular music. He was also a cultural and social revolutionary, an activist and a prophet. Yes, he was a prophet who saw tomorrow.
Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo described the moment Watford fans sang his name at the end of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford as “special”.
In July 2019, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said “The era of forex restriction on milk importation is coming sooner than expected”. This month, the end of that area was set in motion when the apex bank wielded its big stick on milk importers with the announcement that only six milk makers in the country can process form ‘M’ to access foreign exchange to import the dairy product.
As reported seven months ago when the news first filtered out, while there is a dearth of capacity to fill the country’s 1.4 million metric tonne deficit, it also presents an opportunity for individuals to take up this challenge and contribute to a new market opportunity. To achieve this, however, Nigeria and those intending to take up this opportunity would have to learn from countries that have made successes out of milk production.