Nigeria Last Week

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Nigeria’s victory over S/Africa that buried tribalism

Last Wednesday in faraway Egypt at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles shot Nigeria into semi-final with 2-1 against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium.

Today, Nigeria will be taking on Desert Foxes of Algeria, seeking a place in the finals. One thing about the exploits of the Super Eagles in the competition is that it has helped Nigerians back home to forget their sorrows, albeit momentarily.

The zest with which Nigerians, home and abroad celebrated the victory last Wednesday attested to what Nigeria can become if the political governance side of the country is working well. Regardless of who scored the goal and notwithstanding the part of the country such a person comes from, all that Nigerians are looking for and what they celebrate is “Victory for Nigeria.”

For peace to reign in our country, let the goals continue to pour; for as long as the competition endures and as long as the Super Eagles continue in their winning streak, our unity will remain sacrosanct as Nigerians hurdle in viewing centres across the country to catch a glimpse of the fiesta, without as much as remembering who is Hausa, Igbo, Efik or Yoruba.

The finger-pointing at the Senate committee

That Senator Elisha Abbo from Adamawa State assaulted a married woman and mother at a shop in Abuja is no more news; that he has since been arraigned by the Nigeria Police and granted N5million bail is also not news; what appears to be news and remains on the lips of many Nigerians, including Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is why Senate, the highest institution that makes law in Nigeria should sit … Read More...

Talk to Buhari to free our leader, protesting Shiites in Lagos tell Tinubu

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Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise called Shiites, on Thursday called on Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to talk to President Muhammadu Buhari to release their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.

The Shiites besieged the popular traffic intersection in Maryland-Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way along the Ikorodu Road in Lagos protesting against the continued detention of El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015.

“Buhari got to the office because the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, assisted him. It was Tinubu that started the movement and spent his money to ensure that the party assumed power,” said the IMN’s South-west coordinator, Muftau Zakariya.

“So, we are calling on Tinubu to talk to the president, who is a member of his party, to free our leader. If he allows the president to continue to kill our members, there will not be Nigeria in 2023,” Zakariya said.

Protests by the group had been on in Abuja since Tuesday, leading to a clash with security operatives at the National Assembly. There were also protests by the Shiites in Abuja and Kaduna on Thursday.

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Insecurity worsens as Shi’ites invade National Assembly, shoot two policemen

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Nigeria’s numerous security challenges worsened yesterday as angry members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) stormed the National Assembly Complex in Abuja and shot a policeman and a civil defence officer. Multiple eyewitness accounts allege the members of the IMN (Shi’ites) disarmed one of the security officers before shooting the two security operatives. The…

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