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Columnist Corner: It’s too crude to be true | Bala Ibrahim



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The central actors in the two issues are ladies of different religions, I think, but certainly from the two divides of Nigeria.

Two clichés are making waves in social media. I have seen a video clip of one, but haven’t watched the other. The first, and the one I saw, was an interactive session, presumably at the House of Representatives, where an official of a Federal Government Agency, answered to the employment of 811 people from Anambra state, but only 1 from Kano state. The other one has to do with the disbursement of palliatives.

By Bala Ibrahim

The central actors in the two issues are ladies of different religions, I think, but certainly from the two divides of Nigeria.

If the episodes are true, then the two deserve the highest opprobrium or unquantified vilification, because of their insensitivity.

The clip was short, so I didn’t see enough to permit any reasonable judgement, knowing very well the havoc that can be wrecked on any material, through devilish and cruel editing. I was an editor, so I know the ills of unfair editing.

However, I saw the lady admitting, and shamelessly making efforts to justify the heinous crime. It’s an atrocious violation of the principles of equity, and an affront to the meaning and mission of the stanza that deals with unity in the National anthem of our country.

For a country that went to war in order to prove the importance of unity and demolish the wicked concept of nepotism, to be practicing favoritism in the open, by brazenly giving unfair preferential treatment to one section of the country at the expense of another, means the purpose of democracy is woefully defeated.


STILL ON ‘It’s too crude to be true by Bala Ibrahim

Kano and Anambra are states in Nigeria, with equal status, equal standing and equal stature, as entrenched in the constitution. According to the 2006 population census figures, Kano State had a population of 9,401,288 million people.

Kano State: Centre of Commerce


By todays estimate, those figures have almost doubled. The people of Kano are predominantly Hausa. By the same census, Anambra state had a population of 4,177,828 million people, 98% of whom are Ibo.

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Anambra State: Light of the Nation

Officially, Kano State is the most populous state in Nigeria, with Islam as the dominant religion. Anambra’s population must have equally gone up today, but not any near that of Kano. Christianity is the dominant religion in Anambra.


It is important to look at the principle of The Federal Character, which has been enshrined in Nigeria’s Constitution since 1979, and the aim is to ensure that appointments to public service institutions fairly reflect the linguistic, ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity of Nigeria.


There is also the quota system and the catchment areas policies, that were formulated to bridge the gap between the educationally developed states and the educationally less developed states.


Both the federal character and the quota system were enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria with the object of ensuring equitable distributions of bureaucratic and political roles in the public service at the Federal, States and Local Government levels.


Have all these provisions been expunged from the constitution, or are some people simply trying to push the country into an anarchy?


The other cliche, which I haven’t watched, so I cant vouch for its authenticity, was reportedly aired on Channels TV, and I quote, “Those who benefited from the N20,000 shared to the poor because of COVID-19 don’t want to be addressed as poor people; that is why we can’t publish their names”. -Maryam Uwais, SA to PMB on Social Investment programe.

If indeed Maryam Uwais said so, then she should be ashamed of her herself, because her statement conflicts with the mission and vision statements of the National Social Investment Programe of Nigeria, to which she is a founding member.


According to Wikipedia, the social welfare initiative was created by the Federal government of Nigeria in 2015, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and the direction of the National Social Investment Office. The Programe was created to ensure a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable populations, including children, youth, and women.


The office has created four programs to address poverty and help increase economic development. The N-Power program provides young Nigerians with job training and education, as well as a monthly stipend of 30,000 Nigerian naira. The Conditional cash transfer program directly supports the most vulnerable by providing no-strings-attached cash to those in the lowest income group, helping reduce poverty, improve nutrition and self-sustainability, and supporting development through increased consumption.


The Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program (GEEP) is a micro-lending investment programe targeting entrepreneurs with a focus on young people and women. This programe provides no-cost loans to its beneficiaries, helping reduce the start-up costs of business ventures in Nigeria.

Finally, the Home Grown School Feeding Program (HGSF) is the one way the government is attempting to increase school enrollment by providing meals to schoolchildren, particularly those in poor and food-insecure regions. The programe works with local farmers and empowers women as cooks, building the community and sustaining economic growth from farm to table.

It would be a sham for anyone to say beneficiaries of such laudable initiatives would be shamed, because they dont want their names made public. Big lie, but I hope it also turns out to be fake news,  from those with the bring down syndrome.


The whole thing is too crude to be true. So I don’t want to believe it.


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nigeria aviation sector


The corona virus has impacted world economies negatively and has caused terror in major sectors , especially the Nigeria aviation sector.

The sector is one of the major income earners in the world ,even for a developing country like Nigeria.

Over the last couple of years, the Nigerian aviation sector has contributed massively to the country’s gross domestic profit(GDP). Both government and private individuals invest yearly into the sector.

According to the national bureau of statistics, the Nigerian aviation sector contributed nearly 150billion naira to the gdp in 2018 which saw a 33 percent increase by the last quarter of 2019 but it was recently revealed by the Minister of aviation,Hadi Sirika that Nigeria has recorded a massive loss of over 21billion Naira in the aviation sector due to coronavirus in Nigeria.


With domestic airlines already implementing salary cuts and retrenchments of workers, over 125,370 jobs are at risk. For an industry which relies on flight and cargo shipping, the question becomes, how does the Nigerian government save its aviation industry so it doesn’t get beyond recovery, how does it ensure private airline owners don’t run out of business and that hundreds of citizens don’t become unemployed.

With flight operations suspended, it is necessary for the government to look into other options like direct financial support and tax wavers for the airlines as a way of sustaining the aviation sector.

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Oil Rebound Takes the Edge Off Covid-19 Slump in Nigeria



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Oil Rebound Takes the Edge Off Covid-19 Slump in Nigeria

Africa’s largest economy had a week of good and bad news as the oil price rebounded to the highest level in two months, while the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on consumers and business activity became clearer.

Crude prices have doubled since hitting a two-decade low in April, climbing past $40 a barrel after OPEC+ cuts started taking excess supplies from the market.

With oil bringing in 90% of foreign exchange revenue for the continent’s largest producer, this will boost government income and dollar liquidity. Ironically, Nigeria is among the countries accused by the production group of not fully complying with the reductions that helped push up prices in the last month.


The following four charts show some of the bad and the good for Nigeria.

A crude-price rally has eased concerns of a currency devaluation for Nigeria

If oil prices stabilize close to the current levels until the end of the year, it would add modest upside risks to forecasts for economic growth, public finances and international reserves, said Mahmoud Harb, a director at Fitch Ratings. A 10% rise in the full year’s average crude price above the company’s current forecast of $35 per barrel would improve Nigeria’s current-account deficit by about 1.5% of gross domestic product, he said.

Lower Nigerian bond yields signal improved investor appetite

Yields on Nigerian bonds maturing in 2047 fell from an all-time high of 13.2% on March 19 to 8.6% on Friday, a sign that investor concern has eased. Although the West African nation has ruled out going to international bond markets this year, the cost of raising new debt will be relatively lower now if it chooses to.

Nigeria's PMI levels signal the economy probably will contract in second quarter

Although the purchasing managers index of Stanbic IBTC Bank and IHS Markit’ rose last month, it remained below 50, suggesting the economy of Africa’s largest crude producer will shrink in the second quarter. The central bank said last week Nigeria may avert a recession and that the drop in GDP could be less than the 3.4% projected by the International Monetary Fund, but its own manufacturing PMI fell to 42.4 in May after staying above 50 for 36 consecutive months. The manufacturing PMI compiled by Lagos-based FBNQuest Capital fell to 43.3 in May from 45.8, with all sub-indices in contracting territory.

“The recession this year will be smaller than in advanced and many peer economies because of the limits to Nigeria’s integration within the global economy,” analysts at investment banking firm, FBNQuest wrote in a note on Friday. “For the same reason its U-shaped recovery in 2021 is likely to disappoint. Household demand remains squeezed.”

Widespread Impact

Many Nigerians have lost sources of livelihood due to the virus

Nigeran consumers are feeling the impact of the disruption in economic activities, data released Friday by the statistics agency shows.

At least 79% of respondents in a survey said their incomes have decreased since mid-March, when restrictions were imposed to curb the spread the pandemic. More than 42% who were working before the pandemic now say they no longer do and 51% of households were forced to buy less food due to higher costs.


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COVID-19: FAAN Debunks Rumours on Flight Resumption




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IN A BID TO REFUTE CLAIMS OF FLIGHT RESUMPTION ON 16TH MAY, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has counter the news of flight resumption news scheduled to kickstart on 16th May 2020.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has frowned at a report made by a certain Tayo Olu today that the FG has set-out Guidelines for flights to resume operations.

With recent surveys on how the virus spread, it was gathered human to human transmission is paramount to inter-country travels.

So the FG’s plan to shut all airlines is a big step towards curbing human to human transmission.

Though Nigerians are eager to resume on all the transport sectors, much of precautions & guidelines are required before flights can resume.

In the present COVID-19 Pandemic era we found ourselves, all citizens are enjoined to desist from spreading fake news and rumors on all matters regarding this.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has promised to release the POST COVID-19 travel guidelines on her official communication medium soon.


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#COVID19NIGERIA Situation Report

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The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.


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