The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, also known as Miyetti Allah, has said it has instructed every Fulani in the country not to vote for Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi. According to the group, Obi is a “tribal bigot” and represents “the Biafran interest”, which would not “favour the Fulani nation in Nigeria”. The National Secretary-General of the Fulani socio-cultural group, Mr Saleh Ahassan, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, noted that as far as Miyetti Allah was concerned, Obi was out of the options of persons to be voted for in the forthcoming elections. “As far as we are concerned, we know those we cannot vote for. You see that they call Obi or OBIdient, any Fulani man who votes for him must be questioned because he may not be a true son of the soil. Alhassan also stated that when Obi was Anambra governor, he “destroyed the businesses of northerners and chased plenty Hausa and Fulani people from entering Anambra”. Reacting, the spokesperson for Peter Obi Support Network, Mr Jones Onwuasoanya, said Obi was a nationalist whose interest was only with Nigerians. According to him, Obi believes in ‘One Nigeria’ and is irreversibly committed to the One Nigeria dream and to making Nigeria a prosperous country.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately give seven million Nigerians who have carried out their voter registration online the time and opportunity to complete the process, so that they can obtain their permanent voter cards (PVCs), and exercise their right to vote, failing which they would take legal action. According to information on its website, this disclosure is contained in a letter dated 13 August 2022 and was signed by Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP’s Deputy Director, in which the organisation said that the right to vote is not merely the right to cast a ballot but also the right to be given the time and opportunity to complete the registration process so that the right can be meaningfully and effectively exercised. SERAP said that the alleged failure of the applicants to complete their registration at INEC designated centres was not sufficient reason to justify their exclusion from the 2023 general elections.

The total debt owed to the World Bank Group by Nigeria rose by $660 million in the first six months of 2022, the Punch reported. This is according to data from both the Debt Management Office and the financial statements of the World Bank. According to data from the DMO, Nigeria’s debt to the Washington-based bank was $12.38 billion as of 31 December 2021. The financial statements of the World Bank for the fiscal year 2022 show that Nigeria owes the lending institution $13.04 billion as of 30 June 2022. Nigeria’s debt to the International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) stood at $12.55 billion and $486 million respectively as of 30 June 2022, compared to $11.97 billion and $410.60 million in December 2021. According to the Punch, rising debt has pushed Nigeria up the World Bank’s top ten IDA borrowers’ list. The newly released World Bank Fiscal Year 2022 audited financial statements for IDA showed that Nigeria has moved to the fourth position on the list, with $13 billion IDA debt stock as of 30 June 2022.

The United Nations-chartered ship Brave Commander will depart Ukraine for Africa in the coming days after it finishes loading more than 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat in the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi, a U.N. official said. The ship, which arrived in the harbour near Odesa, will sail to Ethiopia via a grain corridor through the Black Sea brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in late July. It will be the first humanitarian food aid cargo bound for Africa since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. under the framework of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Denise Brown, the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, told reporters the grain was urgently needed in Ethiopia, and the United Nations would work to ensure continued shipments to countries around Africa that are facing famine and sharply higher food prices. The cargo was funded with donations from the United Nations World Food Programme, the U.S. Agency for International Development and several private donors. “The world needs the food of Ukraine. This is the beginning of what we hope is normal operations for the world’s hungry people,” Marianne Ward, World Food Programme deputy country director, told reporters. Ukrainian authorities have not released details on when the Brave Commander will sail or when it will arrive in Ethiopia, citing security concerns.