20 Jun

The state of the Boko Haram insurgency

Sunday’s deadly suicide attack on a Sallah procession in Damboa, Borno State which claimed 31 lives underscores not only the resilience of the Boko Haram insurgency that has lasted for nine years, but the evolving nature of the conflict itself. This latest incident fits the profile of attacks on soft targets carried out by female suicide bombers. In the face of these attacks which are now so frequent as to have become routine, the Buhari administration has dialled................   read more

08 Jun

The week ahead – A smeared painting

Three suicide bombers killed 10 people at a mosque in Niger’s southeastern city of Diffa who had gathered after breaking the Ramadan fast, an army spokesman said on 5 June. The area around Diffa, close to Lake Chad and the borders with Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon, is a stronghold for two factions of militant group Boko Haram, which have been fighting to establish an Islamic state in the region.“It was last night that these three people exploded their charges during................   read more

06 Jun

Analysis – The gloves are off

Yesterday, a rare joint session of both houses of Nigeria’s National Assembly met and issued a series of resolutions that has set it on a collision course with the executive arm of government, and holds important political and economic consequences for the country as it stares down the barrel of crunch elections next year. The tension between the two most important arms of the Federal Government, both controlled by the same party – the All Progressives Congress,................   read more

01 Jun

The week ahead – Watching the needle

Transparency International said the FG has in the run-up to elections expanded the use of opaque $670 million-a-year funds that fuel graft. The funds, known as “security votes”, are a relic of military rule, mainly disbursed in hard cash and nominally released for dealing with unexpected security issues. According to Transparency International’s report, they have become “synonymous with official corruption and abuse of power”. It said federal-level total................   read more

25 May

The week ahead – The pursuit of obviousness

In the early hours of 22 May, gunmen abducted the wife, three children and three relatives, of the Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Skills Acquisition in Zamfara, Alhaji Abdullahi Bore. The attackers broke into the home of the Bores in Gurbin Bore village, Zurmi Local Government Area in the northwestern Nigerian state between 1 and 2am, according to state police spokesman, Mohammed Shehu. Bore said no ransom demand had been made and the matter had been reported................   read more

18 May

The week ahead – Not so fast

Annual inflation in Nigeria stood at 12.48 percent in April, its lowest level in more than two years and its 15th straight monthly drop, the NBS has announced. It fell from 13.34 percent in March. A separate food price index showed inflation at 14.80 percent in April, compared with 16.08 percent in March. Food inflation has been in double figures for nearly three years but has slowed for the past six months. The highest increases were recorded in potatoes, yam and................   read more

16 May

Analysis – Forte Oil prepares for strategic battle

On May 2, 2018, Forte Oil announced its intention to sell its upstream services and power businesses in Nigeria, as well as its operations in Ghana, which in 2017 accounted for 3.7% of the company’s sales. The decision, as per the press release, is in order to focus on its core fuel distribution operation at home, and to invest in storage infrastructure. In explaining the decision to restructure its business and focus on the domestic downstream value chain, the company................   read more

11 May

The week ahead – It’s time for history class

At least 45 people died in an attack on a village in northern Nigeria, a police official told the media on 6 May, the latest in a string of incidents underscoring insecurity in parts of the country. It was not immediately clear why Gwaska village in Kaduna was attacked the day before. “Yesterday we recovered 12 corpses and today we retrieved 33,” Austin Iwar, Kaduna’s commissioner of police, told Reuters by phone. The village, in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna,................   read more

04 May

The week ahead – A familiar playbook

Nigeria has issued a ban on the use and issuance of permit for the importation of codeine cough syrup to curtail the gross abuse of the drug in the country.The health Minister, Isaac Adewole, stated that codeine-containing cough syrups should be replaced with less addictive ingredient-containing cough syrup, dextromethorphan. While placing a ban on the sales of codeine without prescription across the West African country, he also directed with immediate effect, the................   read more

27 Apr

The week ahead -The fundamentals need to be looked at

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called for a national day of protest against unending killings and bloodshed in the country. The call was made after two priests and 17 worshippers were killed by gunmen at St. Ignatius Catholic church, Ayar Mbalom, Gwer East LGA of Benue State, on Tuesday morning. After attacking the church, the gunmen proceeded to sack the entire village. Another attack on Wednesday morning hit three villages – Mbakpase, Tse-Ali, and................   read more