The week, 14th to the twentieth of February was one other eventful one in Nigeria, with a brand new set of controversies and tragic occasions that will have sadly turn into regular in Nigeria’s nationwide life.
Occasions starting from the kidnapping of 27 college students and 15 workers of the Authorities Science Faculty (GSC), Kagara, Niger State to the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the brand new Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), the gale of defections to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Nigeria’s exit from recession dominated the information prior to now week.
Aside from the exit from recession, nothing a lot known as for cheers prior to now week, because the media area was once more dominated by one controversy or the order.
Within the early hours of Wednesday, February seventeenth, 2021, gunmen, reportedly wearing navy uniform and believed to be bandits, stormed the Authorities Science Faculty, Kagara, Rafi Native Authorities Space of Niger State.
In accordance with studies, the bandits first overpowered the safety guards on the faculty earlier than going forward to conduct the enterprise of the day, which is to take college students and workers of the varsity into captivity. On the finish of the operation mentioned to have lasted about two hours, one pupil, apparently attempting to flee identical to others did, was shot lifeless whereas 27 college students and 15 members of workers had been taken away by bike using bandits.
The assault on the varsity in Kagara, although the primary assault on a college in Niger State, got here barely 72 hours after 18 passengers of the state transport firm, NSTA had been kidnapped in the identical LGA.
The state has been ravaged by the bloody actions of bandits who raid communities, kill and kidnap harmless folks at will, with 4 native governments mentioned to be worse hit.
– Captured Daniel
On Tuesday, February sixteenth, 2021, a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel introduced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) to the ruling APC, saying he has been ‘captured’
In a brief assertion, Daniel wrote: “I’ve since skilled an avalanche of encouragement to come back on board.
“Nevertheless within the final 48 hours issues took a dizzying velocity with the choice of the APC Nationwide Chairman requesting to go to me at Asoludero on Wednesday with about three Governors.
“Whereas planning for the go to, Governor Abiodun additionally determined to go to me later at present with one other set of Governors.
“It, subsequently, implies that I’ve lastly been ‘captured’. I believed I ought to rapidly transient the home earlier than the information go viral. Thanks in your understanding.”
With this transient assertion, Gbenga Daniel’s journey to the APC, which began through the 2019 basic election grew to become official. On the election, regardless of being a marketing campaign supervisor for former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar within the South-West for the PDP, Daniel threw his weight behind Governor Dapo Abiodun, who was then the candidate of the APC in Ogun State, directing his followers to vote for him.
For a lot of, Gbenga had been within the ruling social gathering since then, particularly with the defection of his former deputy, Alhaji Sinatu Badaru and majority of his followers to the APC virtually two years in the past.
– Iyiola Omisore
Equally, a day earlier, Monday sixteenth of February, one other large fish jumped the political boat in Osun State, when a former deputy governor and a two time period Senator, Iyiola Omisore dumped the Social Democratic Social gathering (SDP) for the APC.
Omisore’s defection seals a romance that began shortly after the inconclusive governorship election in Osun State. Coming third on the election end result, Omisore grew to become the attractive bride to the APC after the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) ordered recent polls at some polling items within the Ife axis, Omisore’s stronghold, the place election had been cancelled for one motive or the opposite.
Abdulrasheed Bawa’s Appointment
On Tuesday February 16, the chequered tenure of the suspended performing Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu was lastly dropped at a conclusive finish with the announcement of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the brand new boss of the anti-graft company.
Bawa, 40 and a pioneer cadet detective of the EFCC, additionally a Deputy Detective Superintendent, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in full departure from the norm for the reason that inception of the company, coming as the primary Chairman of the Fee that’s not both a retired or serving police officer. He additionally comes as the primary core workers of the EFCC and the youngest individual to occupy the place.
Although his appointment has introduced up new controversies, bordering on alleged corrupt practices, particularly allegations that Bawa illegally offered off 244 vans seized from alleged treasury looters at ridiculous costs, thereby denying the nation of about N4.8 billion in recovered loot, the EFCC has, nonetheless, come to his defence, claiming he was by no means concerned in such a shady deal.
Additionally, there are arguments over his qualification to occupy the workplace of chairman, with arguments that as a stage 13 officer, he was not certified since he’s not on the stage of an ACP as stipulated within the EFCC Act. Nevertheless, to make sure that doesn’t turn into an issue, studies have it that the company has since promoted Bawa and his Course 1 mates to stage 14, subsequently, paving the best way for a clean screening and affirmation by the Senate barring some other matter.
Ex-CDI Usman’s Revelation About Dapchi Women Abduction
Nigerians had been shocked on Thursday, the 18th of February, 2021 with the confession of the rapid previous Chief of Defence intelligence (CDI), Air Vice Marshall Muhammad Usman, that the navy had intelligence report that Boko Haram insurgents will assault and kidnap feminine college students from a college in Dapchi, Yobe State in 2018.
Usman, who is among the retired high navy brass appointed as ambassadors-designate by President Buhari, made the confession when he appeared earlier than the Senate Committee on Overseas Affairs for his screening.
He mentioned: “There was an intelligence report on Dapchi earlier than it occurred. We noticed indicators increase however it was not managed correctly.
“State governors have a job to play as a result of in case you are given intelligence, we count on troops to maneuver in however this doesn’t occur within the North-East due to unhealthy roads and tough terrains.”
Although the retired CDI tried to defend the failure of the navy to behave on the intelligence at its disposal, blaming unhealthy roads and tough terrains and tactically shifting duty for his or her failure on state governors, many Nigerians imagine the failure to behave and forestall the women from being kidnapped is similar motive the conflict in opposition to insurgency has continued to wobble.
Matawalle’s Not All Bandits are Criminals
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle on Thursday, February 18, 2021 added to ongoing debates over armed bandits terrorising the North-West and elements of the North-Central geopolitical zones when he was quoted to have mentioned “Not all bandits are criminals.”
The governor, whose state was at a degree the epicenter of bandits actions, with the huge forests within the state firmly beneath their management until date, mentioned: “Not all of them are criminals.
“For those who examine what is going on, and what made them take the legal guidelines into their palms, a few of them, typically had been cheated by the so-called vigilante teams.
“They usually go to their settlements and destroy property and take their animals. They didn’t have anybody to talk with, so typically, they go for revenge. When the vigilante group assaults them, they go for reprisals.”
Matawalle, who made the assertion whereas chatting with State Home Correspondents shortly after a gathering with President Muhammadu Buhari, got here beneath assault, with Nigerians questioning how a governor, who needed to cope with the prison actions of those bandits be claiming that not all of them are criminals.
The assertion credited to Matawalle, nonetheless, suits into the narrative being pushed by revered Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi, who has persistently mentioned recently that the bandits are combating in opposition to injustices carried out to them.
Gumi’s Mission to the Bandits
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, once more remained within the information prior to now week, due to his advocacy for amnesty for bandits and his interface with bandits who allegedly kidnapped college students and members of workers from the GSC, Kagara, Niger State.
Gumi was on the Authorities Home, Minna on Thursday, a day after the kidnapping of the scholars and faculty employees, the place he pledged to work for the discharge of the abductees. And true to his promise, he was within the forest of Dutsin Magaji, bordering Niger, Zamfara and Kaduna states, the place he, allegedly met with the bandits. It’s nonetheless, but to be seen how efficient this interface possibly and the way quickly the abductees can be launched.
Exit from Recession
Probably the most cheering information in the midst of the week ended 20 of February is the report of the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that the nation has exited recession and again to the trail of progress.
The NBS report mentioned: “Nigeria’s gross home product (GDP) grew by 0.11 p.c (year-on-year) in actual phrases within the fourth quarter of 2020, representing the primary optimistic quarterly progress within the final three quarters.
“Although weak, the optimistic progress displays the gradual return of financial actions following the easing of restricted actions and restricted native and worldwide business actions within the previous quarters.
“In consequence, whereas the This autumn 2020 progress price was decrease than progress price recorded the earlier yr by –2.44 share factors, it was larger by 3.74 share factors in comparison with Q3 2020.
“On 1 / 4 on quarter foundation, actual GDP progress was 9.68 p.c indicating a second optimistic consecutive quarter on quarter actual progress price in 2020 after two unfavorable quarters.
“General, in 2020, the annual progress of actual GDP was estimated at –1.92 p.c, a decline of –4.20 share factors when in comparison with the two.27 p.c recorded in 2019.”
Reporting the exit, Bloomberg mentioned “Africa’s largest financial system unexpectedly exits recession”, underscoring how the information was taken even exterior Nigeria.