By Henry Amobi
I drove yesterday by road, from Lagos to the East. China virus has done a lot of damage to both the lives and the economy of Nigeria. All the eateries along the way and most of the businesses which rely on travelling citizens for daily bread are comatose. All the major passenger transport companies with branded vehicles are comatose. One can only imagine the ripple effect of this sudden economic downturn on the ancillary beneficiaries of daily bread. Continue reading “Opinion: Interstate Lockdown!”
…insists on community policing
The Senate has called for the de-centralization of the Nigeria Police Force and the need for community policing as a way of addressing the country’s problem of insecurity.
Continue reading “Press Statement: Senate wants Police Force decentralized”
Nigerian security agents enforcing the Coronavirus lockdown in Nigeria have killed more citizens in the last two weeks than the deadly virus, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said.
While the disease has so far killed 11 persons in Nigeria, according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), security operatives have caused the death of 18 people, the NHRC said in a report. Continue reading “COVID-19: Security agents killed more Nigerians in two weeks than Coronavirus – Commission”
By Dulue Mbachu
For decades, powerful Nigerians could ignore the government’s failure to invest adequately in the health-care system by seeking medical treatment abroad. The coronavirus pandemic means they can no longer escape.
Continue reading “Politics: Trapped by Coronavirus, Nigeria’s Elite Faces Squalid Hospitals”
By Ekokoi Solomon
One thing that has been vividly demonstrated with the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, is that Nigeria is a failed State. This is a fact that has been well known for some time. However, COVID-19 has made this very evident.
That the government, both at the federal and state levels, have been reluctant to take concrete measures to prevent the further spread of the virus, including locking down social and economic activities, is a testament to the inability of governments in the Federation to institute effective social and economic policies, including monetary and fiscal policies, as is the case in functional societies. Continue reading “COVID-19 Has Exposed Nigeria as a Failed State”
ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE COVID- 19 PANDEMIC SUNDAY 29TH MARCH, 2020
1. Fellow Nigerians,
2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.
3. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis. Continue reading “Covid-19: Speech by President Muhammadu Buhari”
Nigeria is restricting entry into the country for travelers from 13 countries including the US and UK, as it announced five new cases Wednesday.
The restriction will apply to travelers from countries with more than 1,000 cases. They include China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, the United States, Norway, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland, the country’s National Centre for Disease Control said on its Twitter account. Continue reading “Coronavirus: Nigeria restrict entry into border”
In Nigeria today, the issue of community policing appears to be in the forefront of social and political discourse, as it has overshadowed other pressing national issues. This is the latest in the series championed by the political elites, and the masses have latched unto it like lice to a dog. Here in Akwa Ibom, I have even heard a suggestion from an academic that we should return to the pre-colonial era practice or system of community security! This is a sad commentary.
Continue reading “NIGERIA: A COUNTRY OF CONTRADICTIONS – Ekokoi Solomon”
By Obinna Ezugwu
Nigeria’s lady of songs, activist journalist, Onyeka Onwenu, has said the Igbo people will make no apologies for going to war with Nigeria, as according to her, the Biafra was a war brought on them and they had to fight in self defence.
Onwenu who spoke on Monday in Lagos at the ‘Never Again Conference’ organised by Nzuko Umunna, an Igbo sociocultural group, to mark 50 years since the end of the Biafra war in 1970, also recalled how her widowed mother’s property was seized in Port Harcourt, Rivers State after the war. Continue reading “Biafra: Ndigbo Have No Apologies For Going To War – Onyeka Onwenu”
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad has retired to his chambers over the congestion in the Supreme Court hall. Justice Muhammad, who is presiding over the determination of seven outstanding governorship appeals complained about the rowdy hall.
Supporters of the governors from Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi, Adamawa, Imo, Benue, and Plateau states had thronged the court premises since 6:00am on Monday.