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Where is Buhari?

Too much emphasis on actions that yields photo ops, heavily laden with noise, generating impacts with zero signal/substance.

Emeka Okoye

President Buhari himself has not been seen in public since March 19 when he made a brief appearance at a gathering to commission federal emergency telephone lines in Abuja. His failure to publicly address a nation in crisis has fuelled rumours about his health.

His media aides have, however, continued to issue statements attesting to his firmness, saying his silence at a time leaders across the world are vigorously providing leadership and guiding their people was deliberate.

On March 22, a 23-second video purporting to show the president talking about the coronavirus was abruptly deleted after exposing him as being unable to pronounce COVID-19, one of the most used words in the world.

At a time when the President is needed, he is missing in action. Last week, I took a position that we didn’t have a President in Nigeria. Time has proven me right.

Nigeria Receives Test Kits and Protective Gears Donated By Jack Ma

Last week, Nigeria took receipt of materials from Jack Ma. In a clear display of Federal Character, they were disbursed to Abuja rather than Lagos which is at the epicenter of the pandemic.

Toyota Camry 2020

Although there was no money to pay for testing kits, the Senators got their 2020 Toyota Camrys delivered to them.

The tragedy of Nigeria isn’t the lack of resources but the lack of a clear definition of priorities.

Leadership Style

This isn’t a good time to be a media handler to the President. The past week saw the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina defend the President’s refusal to address the nation.

The standards of leadership in Nigeria have been buried. A style of leadership of incompetence leading to tragedy is now the norm in Nigeria.

Later on, pictures of the President would be released online. They would be torn apart on Twitter.

Thanks to that leadership style, Nigeria has come under attack by the Imam of Peace. If you want truth in times like this, the Imam of Peace is a veritable source of truth.

Abba Kyari Admitted at London’s Hospital

Proving that the failure to deliver healthcare facilities in the country is the ultimate failure, the Chief of Staff of President Buhari, Abba Kyari has been admitted into a London hospital.

Akure Explosions

A vehicle carrying explosives caused a blast in Akure. If you believe in the tooth fairy, you would also believe that the company in question doesn’t have a name.

As COVID-19 Makes A Landfall In Nigeria, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

This opinion piece pretty much sums up all the fears about the Coronavirus in Nigeria.

It highlights the biggest danger at this time which is a leadership vacuum in the nation.

As of today, most governors are stepping into the gap to lead their states.

The silence of the President is making a loud sound. It is my hope that this crisis passes.

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We Don’t Have a President

If crises are good for one thing; they make perfectly obvious who are true leaders and expose charlatans and pretenders.

Sim Shagaya

As much tragedy that can befall a nation, there is no greater tragedy that can befall a nation than incompetent leadership.

The past week would reveal to all that the bane of leadership in Nigeria is tribalism and religion. When merit isn’t the basis for electing leaders, tragedies like this will continue in Nigeria.

Abule Ado Explosions

Sunday the 15th of March will remain indelible in the minds of residents of Abule Ado.

As of yesterday, the death toll stands at 23. A sad and terrible accident that shouldn’t have occurred.

The Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu would visit the scene and remark that he had never seen anything like it.

Next, he would create a N2bn relief fund for the victims. Ironic considering that Lagos State once spent N2.4bn on cars.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu shows pictures to Buhari.

To add insult to injury, President Buhari would fail to visit the scene. The Governor of Lagos State would take the photographs of the scene to him.

Let Them Come Until My Daughter Returns

Let Them Come Until My Daughter Returns

Despite the pleas on Social Media, the Presidency turned a deaf ear. Later on, a travel ban was put in place. The above image explains the choice of the date.

The above picture was taken on the 19th. The ban would come into effect on the 20th of March.

Nigerian Doctors begin Strike

To worsen an already bad situation, the doctors in Nigeria have gone on strike.

This is due to the lack of payments of salaries. At a time with a pandemic on our hands, it is hoped that the situation is resolved.

So there you have it. A roundup of the 11th week of the year.

Do remember: “Bad governance will kill everyone”.

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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.