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Truth is, @NyesomWlKE is wrong in this, and @hadisirika is right to blast him. But also today @elrufai's state, 748km away said they'll start quarantining travellers passing through.

Basically, #Nigeria's states are taking more power for themselves. Can Abuja stop it?
Let me tell a quick story...

In 1999, #Nigeria organised the u20 World Cup. The organisation was done entirely by the FG, and Nigeria ’99 is on record as probably the worst ever @FIFAcom competition. It led to loads of changes in the way FIFA ‘helps’ host countries.
10 years later, we were, for some reason, awarded the right to host the u17 World Cup.

When it became evident that the LOC was slacking, state governments in some state govs stepped in, and #Nigeria 2009 ended up being more successful in some areas than it was in others.
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Zamfara in the last 7 days, like the week before it, reveals how the Military and the armed groups are engaged in a cat and mouse game. Human life remains short and brutish, as about 100 people were abducted and over 30 killed in the past week alone.
The state still suffers at the hands of armed men, including areas that witnessed a lull, following Police & Military deployments. The military is not also smiling with many of the people they were deployed to save. So far they have accused hundreds of complicity in the killings.
On Friday, four people were kidnapped in Jangeme along Gusau Magami road. The following day, three persons were also killed and scores abducted on the road to Sabon Birni from Anka by another band of armed men in #Zamfara.
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I've had interesting and very stimulating discussions this week, that highlight the critical difference the government structure in a Federal Republic like #Nigeria creates for health security, compared to countries with unitary systems of government

Our role at @NCDCgov as included in the #NCDCAct requires us to 'support' states in outbreak preparedness and response. However, the dependence from states on the national agency is very high. Yet, we cannot ignore, because when we do, people die.
Health is on the "concurrent" list in #Nigeria, i.e responsibility of Federal & Sate govts. Unlike our security architecture which is centralised, our #healthsecurity is de-centralised. No clear line of control & we've to work hard to collaborate & cooperate across govt levels
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This is an important conversation for us to have.

#Nigeria can scarce afford to be looking to project influence when our primary challenges are at home, so in the geopolitical game, we are toast. @FulanNasrullah @bigbrovar @andrewfootie @chrisngwodo
Like #Zamfara, like #Borno, like #Benue, like #Kogi (last night), like #Ebonyi, like #Adamawa.

Looking at a few maps and our issues become quite clear. They are no accident. This is a map of #Nigeria's subnational HDI. We'll come back to it later...
In the 1960s, the government conceived of two economic corridors largely following the colonial rail lines. We didn't build on them, but the 2NEC was completely abandoned.

It is no accident that until #Zamfara, the majority of our internecine conflicts were along the old 2NEC...
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Good morning brethren, today’s sermon will be a difficult but honest one.

1. I wasn’t going to say anything about #Zamfara, or lend my voice to the sudden outrage. As most of you will know, I hate hypocrisy.

Where was this outrage BEFORE the elections when people were dying?
2. Even with this new anger at FG’s failure to secure lives & property, people are STILL reluctant to hold @mbuhari the C-in-C to account, blaming @GovYari instead

3. Some are angry that Baba was silent about #Zamfara but managed to express his sadness at the death of a Lagosian
4. The same people that mocked us when we protested against the REFUSAL of the FG and @mBuhari to act against killers in #Benue, #SouthernKaduna, #Taraba, #Plateau are organizing a tokenistic protest on a Saturday while Baba is out of the country and are “slightly pissed” at him.
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Nigerian States and their Natural Resources

Is your States as rich as Its natural resources?
Nigerian States and Their Natural Resources:

#Abia State

#Adamawa State

#AkwaIbom State

#Anambra State

#Bauchi State
Cassiterite (tine ore),

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ZAMFARA STATE IN THE LAST 7 DAYS continues to bleed. Bloodletting not abetting, conditions have remained grave and dangerous. The sources of pain for the people remain formidable.
Abductions have aggravated. Terrorists and armed bandits are spreading cruelty and calamity unchecked and unperturbed. There are no signs that military forces and the government have any strategy to counter and neutralize the vendors of death and anguish in the land.
The people of #Zamfara are bleeding both in blood and in cash. The terrorists are daily making millions, milking an already constricted populace of resources and cash, enough to maintain a steady scaling up purchase of arms and ammunition.
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Zamfara state in the last seven days is reeling helplessly, practically soaked in its own blood. Over 100 were reportedly slaughtered with as much number abducted. Some 20 students in a Madarasa are among the abducted.
The terrorists, on 27 February, 2019, invaded Kawaye village in Bagega, Anka Local government area. Witnesses report that the gunmen claimed that they came on vengeance over the killing of their members by vigilantes. They razed down houses, vehicles and everything in their way.
Kawaye village in #Bagega alone, in the course of the 27 February invasion, 13 were killed and 42 persons abducted. It was designed to be a strong message to other communities that may stand on its way.
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Keeping Track in 2019: Votes, #FakeNews, and Security in West Africa

#Senegal #Mali @Usmaan_Aali @ea_akin @HassanIdayat @PR_Senegal @SenegalVote @KamissaCamara
Nigeria’s 2019 Election:
What Are We Missing?
Vote buying. Thuggery. Rigged primaries. Logistical
failures. Official misconduct. Ballot box snatching.
Budget delays. Voter apathy. Intimidation. Turnout
suppression. Inconclusive results. Bribed officials
These and many other challenges routinely undermine the credibility and smooth conduct of elections in Nigeria.
@Usmaan_Aali @ea_akin @HassanIdayat @PR_Senegal @SenegalVote
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1/ An incendiary presidential remark, the country making an EU blacklist, a political gesture posturing as a fuel price cut, and the politicisation of a mass killing fed into a week where political uncertainty reigned supreme.
2/ While there have been attempts by @OfficialAPCNg supporters to justify and defend @MBuhari’s statement, the reaction of the party’s National Leader, @AsiwajuTinubu, where he attempted to declare it a misunderstanding and an impossibility,
3/ is a take that reflects the real gravity of such a statement coming from a sitting President. Military chiefs taking a cue and insisting they will shoot alleged ballot box snatchers is disheartening.
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Zamfara in the last 7 days recorded less bloodshed compared to the previous week, but the rate of abductions of persons remains the same. There's however, something to worry about: an emerging evidence of the presence of Ansaru in #Zamfara,
operating across the states in North West #Nigeria right into the border with Niger Republic. #Ansaru is a sect, a breakaway faction of #BokoHaram in 2012. The were responsible for the prison break in Abuja in 2012.
So far, several armed bandits and cattle rustlers are being proselytized into the fold of the Jihadis while erring armed bandits are systematically being taken out by the #Ansaru elements. The Northwest may likely be the new jihadi battle ground in #Nigeria like the Northeast.
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Zamfara in the last 7 days:
One of the most brazen acts of insensitivity towards the citizenry by politicians was displayed in #Zamfara state on Sunday, 10, February, 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari at a political rally ahead of the presidential election.
Muhammadu Buhari, a candidate of the ruling party, APC, and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of #Nigeria did not convey words of sympathy towards the citizens over the unceasing banditry and killings going on in the state for some years, at yesterday's rally in Gusau.
No acknowledgement, no condolences, no empathy for the millions of the people who have been marooned at their hour of greatest need by the government they elected. Many who showed up at the rally were angry, they expected president to assure them of a future that is safe.
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2018 #FAAC Shared to States - TOTAL GROSS AMOUNT:

#Delta - N237.81bn
#AkwaIbom - N216.29bn
#Rivers - N186.53bn
#Bayelsa - N172.61bn
#Lagos - N157.80bn
#Kano - N90.18bn
#Edo - N75.79bn
#FCTAbuja - N73.62bn
#Kaduna - N73.59bn
#Ondo - N72.33bn
#Katsina - N68.82bn

Source: OAGF

#Borno - N67.35bn
#Oyo - N67.18bn
#Bauchi - N65.98bn
#Niger - N64.74bn
#Imo - N64.59bn
#Jigawa - N62.60bn
#Benue - N62.05bn
#Abia - N60.96bn
#Sokoto - N60.59bn
#Kogi - N60.42bn
#Kebbi - N58.22bn
#Plateau - N57.69bn
#Anambra - N56.83bn
#Enugu - N56.33bn

Source: OAGF

#Crossriver - N55.51bn
#Adamawa - N55.50bn
#Zamfara - N55.31bn
#Yobe - N54.37bn
#Ogun - N54.12bn
#Taraba - N52.94bn
#Gombe - N52.07bn
#Osun - N51.92bn
#Nasarawa - N50.64bn
#Ebonyi - N50.03bn
#Ekiti - N50.00bn
#Kwara - N49.86bn

Source: OAGF

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Last week I did the first edition of Zamfara in the last 7 days. The series focuses on the human calamity that is unfolding in the state & environs with a view to draw attention. In this edition I'm looking at attacks in Maru & Shinkafi LGAs.
The attacks in these Local Government Areas resulted in scores of fatalities, abduction of dozens and displacements of thousands of persons in Zamfara state.
Apart from pockets of attacks that often go unreported; the attack by bandits in Dokar Alasan village in Dangulbe district in Maru LGA on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 took the lives of 15 villagers. Within this period over 10 clusters of villages were attacked by bandits.
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#Zamfara in the last 7 days: According to multiple sources, bandits invaded the village of Chabi and killed 9 persons on Wednesday night. Several villages in Dansadau emirates have come under attack since Monday with sores of villagers killed and abducted.
On Friday, between Gulbi and Magmi bandits opened fire at several commuters and abducted a pregnant woman amongst others, they are still in captivity. Yesterday the villages of Kalale and Kango etc., were attacked, with dozens killed, maimed and abducted.
Dansadau emirate in Zamfara is currently under siege, it has been in a long while, but the rate of abductions, houses razed and the number of the dead has skyrocketed in the last week, farming and trading activity in the area remain life threatening.
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It’s January again and my Zamfara experience 2 Januarys ago won’t just go away

A thread.
During the 2nd week of January 2017 we ( got a brief from a client (an International NGO), to carry out an assessment of Zurmi LGA for a project they wanted situated there.
Zurmi is a Local Government Area in Zamfara State. It shares a border with Niger Republic from the north and Katsina State from the east.
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#Zamfara is suffering from a sort of triple jeopardy. It is one of Nigeria's poorest states& since 1999 has been led by a procession of venal cads that have excelled only at manipulating religious sensibilities. See Ahmed Sani's bogus Sharia regime&Yari's sermon on meningitis.
It is geographically, literally&figuratively on the fringes of the national consciousness. Like most border states (such as Borno & Yobe) it is on the periphery of governmental attention. Borno&Yobe also had a long history of suffering cross-border banditry before Bolo Haram.
#Zamfara is also largely rural&as in other rural areas, there is scant presence of law enforcement assets. It has huge forested areas that have become ungoverned spaces. Remember the over 1000 lead poisoning deaths a few years ago due to the activities of illegal gold miners.
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It must be noted that this crisis is not the first this year to engulf Kasuwan Magani, #Kaduna.

At least 12 persons were killed and 1,000 houses destroyed in a religious crisis that erupted on 26 February over the conversion of a Christian girl to Islam by her Muslim boyfriend.
65 persons were subsequently arrested and charged to court by @contactkdsg.

The history of #Kaduna is filled with crises cutting across religious, economic and tribal lines, and various governments, both military and civilian have been unable to prevent the lawlessness.
The state government’s helplessness was laid bare during the 2016 crisis between herdsmen and farmers in #Godogodo.

The payment of compensation only for cattle killed in the crisis exposed the unwillingness of @contactkdsg to confront these security threats head-on.
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#Thread Today was an awesome day for us at our rice factory in #Argungu #KebbiState
We were privileged to receive H.E. @DrZSB, wife of the Governor of @KBStGovt alongside wives of the Governors of #Ondo and #Zamfara States
Part of the delegation were members/supporters of @MedicaidCF, delegates from #ABUZaria led by #ABUTH CMD and the Vice Chairlady #Argungu LG
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