There is a possibility that the Nigeria Police and members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria may clash at the group’s upcoming Ashura procession scheduled for today. The Day of Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. The IMN observes the worldwide rites to commemorate the death of Husayn ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq, annually. The Shi’ites group has insisted that it would observe the Ashura procession despite its proscription by the government. On its part, the police warned the IMN to expect the consequences if they march. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered his men to arrest all identified Shi’ite leaders and dismantle the IMN structures across the country and vowed that the police would not allow the Shi’ite group to violate its proscription by the court.
Nigeria-states governments are working out an exit strategy from the repayment of ₦614 billion in loans collected as a bailout from the FG. Premium Times quoted various sources as stating that the state governors have been in a state of unease following an order for repayments of the loans they received between 2015 and 2017. The FG gave out the loans as bailouts under the tag of the National Budget Support Loan Facility, during the financial crisis in the states. The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, while announcing the directives for repayment last week, said each of the states would be required to refund a total of ₦17.5 billion. The FG has set up a committee comprising members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, officials of the CBN, and the Ministry of Finance to draw up modalities for the repayment.
An analysis by the Daily Times has shown that President Buhari has embarked on at least 52 foreign trips since May 2015 when he was sworn-in for his first term as President till date, expending approximately ₦4 billion in the process. The President has so far visited 30 countries across four continents, including 16 African countries, seven Asian countries, five European countries and the United States in North America. Among the 30 countries visited by the President, the US and the UK were the most frequently visited with five visits each followed by France, Chad and Saudi Arabia with three visits each. The Daily Times noted that there are some states in the country that Buhari has not visited since 2015, excluding campaign visits. The North East and North West are the only zones where Buhari has visited all the states with Katsina, his home state, hosting him the most. His visits to Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo and Oyo, were all campaign stops to rally support for his party in either the presidential or governorship elections.
Lagos state has seen more than 5000 jobs lost to the reprisal attacks in response to the surge in xenophobic violence in South Africa. Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who spoke after an inspection of some damaged facilities in the wake of the xenophobic attacks in the state, condemned the attacks and the looting of goods in the shopping malls, including the Novare and Surulere Plazas. Unfortunately, Sanwo-Olu said, those businesses affected were all indigenous stores and companies. Even with the names that are synonymous with South Africa, he said, there were over 150 staff that could not get to perform their duties because of the destruction as Nigerians were in the main affected by the job losses.