20 Apr

The week ahead – The mace returns to its roots

Nigerian police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse Shiite Muslim protesters marching for their leader’s freedom in the capital on 16 April, and organisers said at least one demonstrator was killed and several were wounded by gunfire. Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky has been jailed since December 2015, when security forces killed hundreds of members in a crackdown on a group estimated to have 3 million followers. The violent repression................   read more

13 Apr

The week ahead – When you come right down to it, life holds no surprises

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to 30 June 2018. The short extension after the original 31 March date is based on the appeals of professional bodies and individual taxpayers, Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman said in a statement. Adesina added that no further extension of time will be approved after 30 June. The statement said the new date was given based on the conviction of................   read more

06 Apr

The week ahead – Uneasy lies the crown

Senate President Bukola Saraki has told the Federal Government to let the implementation of the 2017 budget run till the end of May 2018. Saraki’s comment, which was directed at Finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, followed a point of order raised by Atai Aidoko (PDP, Kogi East). Aidoko brought the attention of the senate to a circular issued to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, which said that 2017 budget funds will be “mopped up” by March 31. Claiming that the................   read more

23 Mar

The week ahead – Wishful expectations get bitten by cold realities

Islamist militants freed scores of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls on 21 March, driving them back into the town where they had been captured a month ago. The captors gave no reason for their release, which triggered celebrations and tears, but the government denied that a ransom had been paid. Several of the girls said some of their friends had died in captivity and one was still being held. The fighters from the Boko Haram group, some shouting “God is greatest”,................   read more

16 Mar

The week ahead – Dredging up old rifts

No fewer than 53 policemen serving in the Presidential Villa say they have yet to be paid their Risk Caution Allowances since 2015, when they were posted to the Presidency. This was disclosed in an anonymous petition that the policemen sent to President Muhammadu Buhari, according to online news site, Sahara Reporters. The site said that in addition to the 53 persons affected, a further 127 others say they had yet to be paid their allowances in full. A government official,................   read more

12 Mar

As the Egmont Group meets, Nigeria sits on the edge

The Egmont Group, an international body of 155 Financial Intelligence Units that provides a platform for the secure exchange of expertise and financial intelligence, meets from today, March 12, 2018, until Thursday, March 15. A deadline to Nigeria to separate its National Financial Intelligence Unit from the EFCC lapsed yesterday, without Nigeria enacting a law that would have done so. The likely outcome of the Egmont Group’s meeting will be Nigeria’s expulsion from the group.

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09 Mar

The week ahead – The search for responsibility intensifies

The Senate has threatened to withhold budget approval for any government agency which fails to submit its audited report to the Auditor General of the Federation by May. Saying that only 10% of the MDAs in question had submitted their reports, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, added that out of 64 government agencies, only one has submitted details of its 2018 budget proposal. The Senate, had in February, given Ministries Departments and Agencies, one-week ultimatum to submit................   read more

02 Mar

The week ahead – In bed with uncertainty

Nigeria returned to growth in 2017 after suffering its first recession in a generation the previous year, data released from the country’s statistics office showed on Tuesday. GDP grew by 0.83 percent in 2017, after shrinking by 1.58 percent in 2016, which was its first annual contraction in 25 years, according to data from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics. Africa’s largest economy, and its biggest oil producer fell into recession in 2016, largely as a result................   read more

23 Feb

The week ahead – The fauna join the melee

More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist group, Boko Haram attacked a village in Yobe, Reuters quotes two sources as saying on 21 February. Their disappearance, if confirmed, would be one of the largest since Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014. That case drew global attention to the nine-year insurgency, which has sparked what the United Nations has called one of the world’s worst humanitarian................   read more

16 Feb

The week ahead – It is not yet party time

A court has jailed a Boko Haram militant involved in the 2014 kidnapping of the Chibok girls. Haruna Yahaya, 35, is the first member of the group to be sentenced for playing a part in the mass abduction. The former trader, who confessed to his role in taking the 276 schoolgirls, argued he was made to act under duress. But judges sitting at a court in Kanji, who are hearing the cases of more than 1,000 suspected Boko Haram militants, dismissed his excuse. Justice Ministry................   read more