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Na To Kill Us Remain

People who fled Nigeria as economic migrants, will suddenly expect those who stayed behind in Nigeria to produce excellent work at their pleasure.

If it was so easy to produce excellent work in Nigeria, why did you leave?

Onye Nkuzi

The above quote summarizes my experience this month. Whenever something bad about Nigeria comes up, I always find that Nigerians living abroad bash Nigeria worse than foreigners.

Why do we hate ourselves to the point where we lack empathy for each other?

The news for the past week isn’t any better. This post was supposed to be out yesterday but life got in the way.

Amaechi Escapes as Kidnappers Attack Abuja-Kaduna Train Passengers

Proving that bad governance will kill everyone, the minister of transportation got attacked in the Rigasa train station.

Initially, the allegation would be denied leading to some back and forth online. Sadly, the aide to the minister would not leave Kaduna alive.

We are Africans. Out of respect for the dead, let it end here.

How SARS Man Pushed our Player to Death – Remo Stars FC

There is no Nigerian who has not been harassed by SARS. Sadly, a young man lost his life last week.

IMF Cuts Nigerian Growth Forecast on Coronavirus Oil Impact

The Nigerian economy already has its back against the wall with all the issues from last year.

Now the Coronavirus is threatening the Nigerian economy.

Due to the dependency on oil, the Nigerian economy will be hit by the situation in China.

As a result of this, the IMF has cut the growth forecast for the country to 2 percent.

CBN Forex Intervention Hits $43.5bn in 15 Months

Proving that insanity is the current government policy in Nigeria, the CBN has spent $43.5 billion Naira “Defending the Naira”.

Not building infrastructure or capacity for the future but simple playing the forex market.

It will only end in tears.

Inflation Rises to 12.13% the Highest in 21 Months

The aftermath of Buharinomics hit home in January when the inflation figures for the month of January were released.

Inflation has been on a steady increase since August when the borders of the nation were closed.

If the plan is to impoverish Nigerians, the current adminstration is on the right path.

Reps Order 400 Exotic Cars Reject Nigerian Brands

In Nigeria, the laws are for the week. So while Nigerians must eat foreign rice heaven forbid that our senators drive Nigerian cars.

Senator Introduces Bill to Create Agency for Repentant Boko Haram Members

If you kill, maim or terrorise Nigerians, the current House of Representatives has a plan for you.

However, if you say anything against the government in power, you will be “Vanished” by the DSS.

The Chronicle of the Green Car

How did the promise of a bright future become aborted?

This artist made a collection of drawings on Twitter. They reflect a deep and honest recollection of events that have led us to where we are today.

How will this end?

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Your Days are Numbered

The Nigerian is conditioned to believe that the best will always happen. He’s not conditioned to prepare for the worst, so the worst keeps on happening – and he’s unprepared.

Here we are today.

Onye Nkuzi

The above statement is my feeling towards the entity called Nigeria. While being assaulted on every side, our leaders dilly dally on trivia.

The news from the country is melancholic as usual. Sometimes, I wonder why I even bother.

30 Dead Including Pregnant Woman and Baby in Nigeria Militant Attack

Last week, 30 people were killed in a terrorist attack. The headline says militant to cushion the effect but the attackers were terrorists.

The military in Borno state is not to blame. Were I a commanding officer in the Nigerian army, I would not be able to order my men to fight.

The attack happened the same day 1,400 repentant Boko Haram suspects were released.

Against that backdrop were I a commanding officer, I would order my men to stand down once it was 5 pm.

Northern Nigeria Accounts for 87 Percent of all the Poor People in Nigeria – World Bank

This headline comes despite all the years the South has spent carrying the North.

Despite all the years of quotas and special privileges, the North acts like an anchor dragging the rest of the country down to the abyss.

When those of us from the South express our opinions, we are shouted down.

Well, the truth doesn’t lie.

AU 2020 Summit

The AU 2020 Summit held this week. What is really tragic is the absence of African only spaces where we Africans can talk to ourselves without Asians or Europeans in attendance.

The only interesting thing was the admission by the United Nations that African nations are being sidelined on the Libya issue.

Bishop Kukah: Our Hypocrisy and Duplicity Have Caught up With Us

Bishop Kukah was speaking at the funeral of an 18-year-old Reverend Father in Training.

Residents Boo Buhari Boko Haram attacks Borno Capital

So the President returned from Ethiopia to visit the community where 30 people were killed.

On his way, he was booed. That same day, the capital was attacked. That tells you all you need to know about what the terrorists think about us.

International Flights to Lagos Divert to Ghana Due to Poor Equipment

As proof that bad governance will kill everyone, those Nigerians rich enough to afford flight tickets found out that they could not land in Ghana because the ILS (Instrument Landing System) at the Muritala Muhammed Airport was bad.

As a result, some airlines diverted their flights to Ghana. Proof that we must fix our nation or if we plan to go on exile never return.

Conclusion

Thus ends the sixth week of the year in one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Have a great week.

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The Federal Republic of Merry Go Round

Today’s victims were yesterday’s survivors and tomorrow’s victims would be today’s survivors. WHO’S NEXT?

Aisha Yesufu

As the week started, I really hoped that incompetence would not lead to tragedy.

Sadly that was not to be the case as the Lagos state government stood its ground on the ban of Okadas and Tricycles.

This post is a review of all the major events in the 5th month of the year in Nigeria.

Fulani Herdsmen have Taken over Urhonigbe Community

The video below was taken from Urhonigbe community in Edo state. I would be grateful if you share it.

Fulani Herdsmen have Taken over Urhonigbe Community

White House Owner Killed

One of the biggest evidence of state failure is the absence of law and order in a community.

The owner of White House a popular eating place in Sabo, Yaba was killed.

According to the report, he was killed because he reported a robbery at his house to the police.

The implication of this is that our security services have been compromised. This is one of the many instances that gives rise to jungle justice in Nigeria.

Transportation Master Plan

In a country that works, strategy documents are meant for the public like the case of Ottawa, Canada.

The much-touted Lagos Master Plan is nowhere in site leading me to believe that it is an audio document.

In light of the recent ban on Okadas and Tricycles in Lagos state, Primero Transport Services has raised a bond.

It is no surprise that the names in that article are from a family that has been in control of the state since 1999.

School Pupil Killed By Stray Bullet As Transport Union Hijacks Okada Ban Protest In Lagos

It was inevitable that the ban would be taken lightly. The backlash from the public meant that protest burst out across the state.

Most disheartening was the story of the girl who got shot. A totally avoidable situation if palliatives were put in place before the ban.

Bandits shoot down a Nigerian police helicopter in Kaduna

You know it is bad when bandits can down a helicopter near your country’s capital.

Atlas, that is where we are as a nation. This happened in an operation where the police claimed that 250 bandits were killed but no bodies were paraded.

Occupy Lagos protesters storm Eko Atlantic over Okada ban

Although the day coincided with the Lagos Marathon, Lagosians came out to protest the ban.

According to the organizers of #OccupyLagos, this is the first of many protests on the recent ban which is causing untold hardship on commuters in the state.

Eat the poor to save Nigeria: My political party manifesto

Let’s we end on a sad note, do consider this satirical piece on how bad government policies affect the poor.

And thus ends the fifth week. In a nation that has become reminiscent of one week one trouble, it was a long and tiring week.

See you next week.

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Incompetence Leading to Tragedy

Incompetence, leading to tragedy is a constant theme in contemporary Nigeria. May Nigeria’s incompetence not kill you today or tomorrow.

Onye Nkuzi

Welcome to a new month. January couldn’t seem to finish fast enough from January to January Pro then January Max.

This post is a review of the 4th week of the year. The above quote is an apt way to describe a month that took a toll on Nigerians.

Lagos bans Okadas and Tricycles

Proving that in Turn by Turn Nigeria Ltd, it is not your portion until it is your turn to feel how political uncertainty can kill your business, it was the turn of the Okada riders and Tricycle operators in Lagos to experience this.

In a shocking statement, the Government banned all of them. This comes after all the hoops they had to pass through last year proving that the government has no consideration for the citizens.

The wide-ranging consequence of this action means that for possibly the next 5 years, expect the Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria to reduce.

Here are some reactions:

It’s the failure of same government to provide enabling environment for a proper integrated mass transport system in a mega city like Lagos that allowed the abnormal to become the normal. Motor bikes are not an acceptable means of mass transportation in sane climes. The Lagos light rail project has been abandoned after being looted. Water transportation offers huge potentials with the lucrative value chain. Lagos roads despite the over stretched traffic remain largely sub standard in quality and durability. These gaps brought about Okada, ORide, Gokada etc. The sad part is the government keeps acting in a reactive mode and not proactive. What’s the plan for a comprehensive integrated mass transport system in Lagos? Nobody having is this critical conversation.

Niyi Olaloku

Lagos is no different from the rest of Nigeria. The arbitrariness, the change of policy on a whim. This is the equivalent of “banning the importation of tomato paste”, then “unbanning it”. Nigeria is run by rent seekers, not those with any knowledge of “economic planning”.

Onye Nkuzi

What we hate in Operation Amotekun – MURIC

Proving once and again that we have reached a new low in the society, MURIC had an opinion on the recently commissioned Amotekun.

You don’t need any more evidence than that to know that you live in a failed state.

NYSC DG confirms N33,000 allowance for Corps members

Most announcements in Nigeria are only for show. So I will wait until I can confirm this to rejoice.

However, last week the NYSC DG confirmed the N33,000 for Corps members.

Coronavirus: Nigerian govt makes no plan for citizens in China

You need no further evidence that you are on your own that when your country will not to your aid in a foreign country.

In a week that saw a lot of foreign nations pull out their citizens from China, the Nigerian government confirmed that it had no plans to do the same for its own citizens.

Lagos Govt, Chinese Embassy Agree To Quarantine Returning Chinese Citizens

The two governments have agreed to quarantine returning Chinese citizens.

Most Chinese citizens will be returning to Nigeria this week after going home for the Chinese new year.

Trump Administration Imposes New Travel Restrictions on Six Countries

The bad news continues to filter in as the US just imposed some travel restrictions on Nigeria. This doesn’t come as a surprise with the rising state of insecurity in the country, this was always an expected outcome.

Sadly the road that led here was paved by American support for the current adminstration although under a different President.

Alawode-James, OlaJumoke

Alawode-James, OlaJumoke made a summary of the events in the nation in the last five years.

It reads like a script from a horror movie.

If you doubt the role of leadership, you would do well to watch this video clip.

How Leadership Affects Outcomes no Matter how dire the Situation
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“There are no privileges without duties, no authority without responsibilities, and no responsibilities without burdens”.

Quote by IM

This fact seems to be lost on the President of Nigeria as he would travel out of the country in the same week where the National Grid collapsed.

Joshua Meets Buhari in London

World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua would betray the teeming youth population that were his supporters by seeing the President in London.

Being Yoruba, he went ahead to prostrate for the President betraying his fellow youths in Nigeria.

Next time he fights, don’t expect me to support him.

You can read more about the sorry event here.

Boko Haram Executes another batch of Christian Youths

I am tired of writing about Boko Haram.

Sadly after 10 years of this problem, we have reached a point of apathy.

Now we are no longer saddened by the deaths. If we still care, we simple ask: How many died?

You can read about this story here.

Tarkwa Bay Eviction

It would be the turn of the people of Tarkwa Bay to lose their land to the Government.

The logic behind this move leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

With the allure of ocean front property, it was just a matter of time before the Government took this route.

Sadly, beyond land grabbing, there is no development plan for the ocean front in Lagos.

The water is polluted and smells of shit.

Berlin Conference 2020

Berlin Conference 1.0

Last week, Berlin Conference 2.0 held.

Like the last one, African nations were also missing from a discussion that would affect the security and economy of their respective nations.

Africans were not privy to the discussions of this one.

I believe that the Libyan cake was shared generously.

Berlin Conference 2.0

This conference proves that Africans are really good at championing causes that have no impact on their future.

Ansaru Militant Group is Back

After a brief hiatus, the Ansaru Militant made a comeback.

Seriously, in a nation where terrorists can be rehabilitated and integrated into the army, why miss out on the fun.

What Are the Top 4 Mobile Money Purchases by African Youth?

It is one thing for your government not to have a plan for you.

It is another for you not to have a plan for yourself.

This report shows the top spending by Africans on mobile money platforms.

It was no surprise that gambling was high on the list.

Top 4 Mobile Money Purchases by African Youth

With the focus on getting rich quick rather than value creation, it is safe to say that Africa doesn’t have a future.

Why do you need to plan when there is a foreign organisation to take care of you.

It’s not like we even own our continent.

Foreign Military Presence in Africa

Market Fire

Proving that we learn nothing from the past, we had another market fire last week.

When you live in a nation of the most prayerful people on earth, why do you need to plan for the future.

Your God will take care of you.

I have no more tears left because we will still be back year later in the year.

Peter Needs a Lifeline

If all I have said is too literal in this digest, please read something more technical.

How My Father Died

Uncle Victor Asemota talks about the death of this father in this post.

Let’s be honest with ourselves living in Nigeria is an extreme sports.

All the money in the world couldn’t make Kinect happen

The Microsoft Kinect was one of the product failures of the last decade.

This post reminds us of that moment in time and what it means to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Meet 13 Year Old Nigerian Teenager Who Makes Electronics From Plastic Scraps | Lucky Ekhator

Let’s we end on a Sad Note