Some UK lawmakers have penned a letter to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland QC alleging government inaction over widespread violence – especially the pastoral conflict – across Nigeria. The lawmakers including Caroline Cox, David Alton, Jin Shannon and Helena Kennedy, said thousands of civilians in the country had been killed and “elements of the Nigerian government may be complicit in the violence.” The letter read in part, “We write to highlight urgent concerns about escalating violence in Nigeria where attacks led by Boko Haram, Fulani herders and other Islamic militia continue in Northern and central-belt states with reports of increasing violence in the South-East.” The lawmakers said former Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma informed them that the armed forces are “not neutral” and “collude” in the “ethnic cleansing” by Fulani herders. “The state’s failure to protect its citizens is a clear breach of its obligations under the commonwealth charter in respect of human rights. There is now an urgent need (a) to ensure adequate protection and aid for those suffering the loss of family members and destruction of their homes and livelihood and (b) to end impunity by ensuring that complaints related to human rights violations are promptly, adequately and impartially investigated, and those responsible are held to account after fair trials,” the lawmakers concluded. Meanwhile, a traditional ruler in Foron District of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Bulus Chuwang Jang, has been killed by gunmen. The Chairman of the Berom Youth Moulders in neighbouring Heipang district in the LGA, Rwang Tengwong confirmed the incident and said, “We just lost one of our paramount rulers through an attack by gunmen. He is the Acting district head of Foron, Da Bulus Chuwang Jang. He was shot dead in the evening yesterday (Monday) by some gunmen around Shen community.” State police spokesman, Ubah Ogaba said the incident had been reported to the command. According to him, the State Commissioner of Police had deployed detectives in the Council Area to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of the monarch and apprehend those behind the act.
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday reduced the Monetary Policy Rate from 12.5 per cent to 11.5 per cent after a two-day Monetary Policy Committee Meeting in Abuja. The committee also voted to retain the Cash Reserve Ratio and Liquidity Ratio at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively. The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, while presenting the communiqué after the meeting, said the lender opted to “provide cheaper credit to improve aggregate demand, stimulate production, reduce unemployment and support the recovery of output growth”. This is the second time the MPR has been reduced in four months. It was reduced from 13.5 per cent to 12.5 per cent on the 28th of May, 2020.
President Buhari has ordered the downward review in price of fertiliser from ₦5,500 to ₦5,000 per bag. The Vice Chairman of the Food Security Council (FSC) and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, said this at the end of the body’s meeting presided over by the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, Tuesday in Abuja. Mr Bagudu said that the decision followed normaliasation of production of the commodity since the reopening of Indorama plant in Rivers State shut after the COVID-19 pandemic claimed some lives there. The FSC observed that the bulk purchase for palliatives was one of the factors that trigged increase in prices of foods nationwide. It expressed confidence that the situation would normalise after the harvest season. Jigawa State governor, Abubakar Badaru, said the trio of the Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID), federal and state governments were involved in the mass buy as part of measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the disease.
NNPC boss, Mele Kyari, has said that the absence of a stable fiscal environment is making international investors lose interest in the oil and gas industry. Kyari made this comment when he hosted members of the House of Representatives committee on petroleum resources (upstream) who were on an oversight visit to the corporation. Kyari tasked the lawmakers to act fast and arrest the situation. He said upstream section of the sector needs foreign capital and the only way to attract such is to have stable laws and a friendly business environment that guarantee cost recovery and a decent return on investment for investors. Kyari also added that the uncertainty in the sector created by the long delay in the passage of the PIB has led to a number of divestments from the country. In his remarks, Musa Sarki Adar, chairman of the committee, expressed the committee’s readinness to provide the necessary support for NNPC to discharge its duties without hindrance. Adar acknowledged the efforts aimed at encouraging transparency and accountability in the NNPC and also lauded the level of professionalism exhibited by the management in rallying the oil and gas industry to provide support for the federal government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.