20 Oct

The week ahead – Taming familiar vices

Four Britons have been kidnapped in Delta, a police official said on Wednesday. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria. A number of foreigners have, in the last few years, been victims in the Niger Delta region, which holds most of the country’s crude oil – the country’s economic mainstay. “The abductors have not made any contact, but we are doing our investigations to know the motive and have them rescued without jeopardising their................   read more

13 Oct

The week ahead – A different kind of ambush

Oil minister Ibe Kachikwu and NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, met on 10 October for the first since their disagreement broke out and agreed on one thing – a petroleum industry regulator free from the vagaries of politics. The two industry leaders met at a breakout session at the ongoing 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit and spoke on the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill. The NNPC had said that allegations by Kachikwu that Baru’s conduct lacked................   read more

06 Oct

The week ahead – Of letters and lettered men

Nigeria’s top two oil officials are at loggerheads over the management of the state oil firm. An August 30 – dated letter was submitted to the president by the Minister of Petroleum Resources (MPR), Ibe Kachikwu. The letter, confirmed by the oil ministry, is titled “Matters of insubordination and lack of adherence to due process perpetrated by the GMD NNPC (Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation).” Kachikwu, here, accuses................   read more

29 Sep

The week ahead – It doesn’t have to be this complicated

The federal government has asked the National Assembly to amend its spending law to enable a debt program to settle ₦2.7 trillion ($8.6 billion) worth of obligations including pensions and salary arrears, according to a letter from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The letter, read out in the Senate on Tuesday, requested amendments to the law, which stipulates allocation of government spending, to allow Nigeria to fund recurrent expenditure from proceeds of the debt................   read more

22 Sep

The week ahead – #NigerianLivesMatter too

Suspected suicide bombers killed at least 12 people and injured 26 others on 18 September in Borno, epicentre of the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency, the chairman of the local emergency agency said. The attacks are the latest in a series of bombings in the restive northeast that have killed at least 200 people since June 1, according to a Reuters tally. “Three suicide bomber infiltrated a settlement called Mashimari, in Konduga Local Government,” said Ahmed................   read more

19 Sep

What are the effects of the drama in Abia

Despite a court hearing scheduled for 17 October, the Nigerian Army, under the guise of a military exercise, went into Umuahia, the capital of Abia state in the country’s South-East, in an attempt to get at Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The operation, which was disguised as a military exercise, Python Dance II, in the main part succeeded in creating chaos.

Legal implications

The Army’s jumping of the gun in designating................   read more

15 Sep

The week ahead – Playing with dangerous animals is a bad idea

The Nigerian Army surrounded the Afaraukwu country home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu on 11 September, causing panic in the area as shop owners were forced to close their businesses almost immediately. The detachment of soldiers, arrived in ten armoured personnel carriers and seven Toyota Hilux vehicles and it was not immediately clear what their objective was. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, accused the Nigerian government of placing................   read more

08 Sep

The week ahead – All the warning lights are flashing red

Nigeria’s states have raised ₦791.2 billion through the issuance of bonds over the last 40 years to carry out infrastructural development projects or service loans. According to SEC data, the now defunct Bendel State was the first to secure ₦20 million on behalf of the Bendel State Loan Stock in 1978 for housing estate development. Of the current states, Lagos leads the way with a total of ₦290.090 billion in bond issuances, the largest being a ₦87.5 billion................   read more

05 Sep

Analysis: Now that the recession is over

Data released by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics today shows that Nigeria’s economy is finally out of a recession. GDP growth for Q2 of 2017 grew by 0.55%, halting five quarters of negative growth. As expected, there have been mixed reactions to this. Some have celebrated what they consider a praiseworthy feat which indicates that the government has finally turned the corner on revamping the economy.

Others are however less excited by the developments, and there................   read more

25 Aug

The week ahead – Forget #BBNaija, the real Big Brother just stood up

The first meeting of Nigeria’s cabinet since the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from three months of medical leave in Britain has been cancelled, his spokesman said on 23 August without explaining why. Buhari returned to Nigeria on Saturday after travelling to Britain on May 7 for an unspecified illness, and had written lawmakers on Monday to confirm he had returned and was resuming his duties. In a related development, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo................   read more