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So the Q4 2018 GDP results released yesterday show the strongest economic performance since #Nigeria emerged from recession.
"39 out of 46 economic activities now growing. Agriculture is growing; Manufacturing is growing, and Services has recorded its best performance in 11 Quarters." - Udoma Udo Udoma
"Particularly notable is the fact that the growth is driven by the non-oil sector which has recorded its strongest growth since the fourth quarter of 2015. In short, we have turned the corner and are now firmly on the path of growth." - Udoma Udo Udoma
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Some time ago, @phoenix_agenda honoured me by asking me to write the foreword for his book, #TheCattleRearerChronicles.

The book has been published. The foreword is summarised in the thread below.

Please buy, and read this book.
The very purpose of having elections, is to prevent the rise of tyranny.

It's no accident that during the American Constitutional Convention, it was agreed that putting safety valves to allow the people pass judgement on their leaders was the best way to preserve the system.
The discontent seeping through Europe at the time would cause bloody revolutions two decades later.

The American founding fathers knew that the failure of King George III to grant his subjects audience triggered their War of Independence.
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#Nigeria’s GDP slowly picking up since the oil price crash of 2014-16 - up 1.9% in 2018 (0.8% the year before). And last quarter of 2018 was best in years at 2.4% - but not fast enough to deal with Unemployment
If we look at Nigeria's economy and compare it to other oil exporters - it's better than some (Eq Guinea in Africa, Venezuela in Latam), and worse than others. But none have done great since the oil price fall began in 2014
We think Nigeria will do better in the next four years - as we said in this thread - because oil prices won't repeat the fall of 2014-16 (nominally they can't fall $80 from peak to trough). But policy choices will determine *how* much better Nigeria does
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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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My @GuardianNigeria column today is about this consistent attempt by the current ruling party to paint the Abacha days like they were some Nirvana -

Glorifying the Abacha era is dangerous, so let me give a practical example.
Remember Bazooka Joe chewing gum?

Consider the price at 50 kobo when Abacha came in 1993. By the end of '93, given the inflation rate, the price was 79 kobo. By '94, it was ₦1.23. End '95, it was ₦2.13, '96 it was ₦2.76, '97, ₦2.99, and in Abacha's final year, it was ₦3.29.
Of course, being #Nigeria, the decimal points would be rounded upwards.

At the end of Abacha's time, Nigeria's GDP per person at today's exchange rate was ₦93,080, meaning that the average Nigerian earned ₦7,756.67 per month, or ₦254.84 per day.
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1/ A carelessly incurred fine, effectively ignoring a surging ISWAP, the CCB’s sudden impotence, and a judicial bailout for an under fire ruling party, Nigeria has become the land where the unnecessary is king.
2/ The drama between @MobilePunch and @CCBNigeria represents the latest indication of the current administration’s selective commitment to the rule of law.
3/ The irony of @CCBNigeria who responded to a letter against CJN #Onnoghen - an official who is no favourite of @MBuhari - in a matter of hours while ignoring a legal request for information that could potentially tar @AsoRock’s leading lights is inescapable.
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.@USAfricaCommand Gen Thomas Waldhauser & @Southcom Adm Craig Faller about to testify before the #SASC

Lawmakers already asking about growing influence of #Russia #China in their regions, as well as need to keep the pressure up on terrorism
"Overall US strategic interests in #Africa are very clear" per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Waldhauser "Prevent the undermining of our alliances or destabilization of African nations,counter violent extremist organizations,decrease the potential for Africa to become a failed continent"
"Persistent pressure on #alShabaab #ISIS & #alQaida associated groups remains necessary to prevent this destabilization" per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Waldhauser
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We are aware of the comments by the Governor of #Kaduna about non-interference by foreigners during a talk show on #NigeriaDecides2019 on 5/2/19. The #EU only deploys an election observation mission when it is invited to do so by the authorities of a country.
The EU has been invited to observe all of the general elections in #Nigeria since 1999. Thus this is the sixth time the EU is observing elections in Nigeria. @inecnigeria invited the EU to deploy an observation mission for @NigeriaDecides2019
EU election observation missions give commentary and analysis, and make recommendations about the electoral process. EU election observation missions are impartial, do not interfere in the electoral process, and operate according to a strict code of conduct.
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Abacha Loot: Despite outcry, FG secretly pays Malami’s lawyers ‘dubious’ $15m fees | TheCable
Oladipo Okpeseyi and Temitope Adebayo, two #Nigerian lawyers hired for the return of $321 million #Abachaloot from #Switzerland, have been secretly paid their controversial fees, TheCable can report. via @thecableng
TheCable had sent a freedom of information (FOI) request to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), requesting for the various agreements that were signed with the Abacha family, the Swiss lawyer and the Nigerian solicitors by his office.
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The timing of Nnamdi Kanu's reappearance from the land of the dead, and his call for an election boycott, is decidedly convenient.

So we have to ask, is he partnering the Buhari FG?
On 12 October, 2018, Atiku Abubakar, picked Peter Obi, to be his running mate in the 2019 general elections.

Exactly a week after Peter Obi was picked, the infamous separatist, Nnamdi Kanu, resurfaced, having been missing for over a year up to that point.
Not long after, Kanu returned to his mic, to resume what made him infamous in the first place - spilling a lot of bile.

His most recent exercise was to schedule a "referendum on Biafra" same day as the Presidential Elections, and that, is where the cat waltzed out of the bag.
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President Trump says Islamic State is defeated, but in northern #Nigeria, a group calling itself Islamic State West Africa Province is on a tear; overrunning the most fortified military bases, building nascent state structures & winning the propaganda war. (Thread)
In the past six months, ISWAP has launched a blitzkrieg across Northeastern Nigeria, attacking the army some 40 times, capturing more than a dozen of the most heavily defended bases and looting what the UN calls a “massive” trove of heavy weaponry.
This has happened on the eve of Nigeria’s presidential election, one of the worlds largest experiments in democracy. The attacks have stunned Nigeria’s top commanders and sapped the morale of its troops.
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.@atiku: "I'm the most experienced out of every candidate, I am the candidate of the future and I try to bridge the current generation with the future generation. #NgTheCandidates
.@atiku speaking on judiciary: "There's too much delay in the judiciary, I will make sure it's shortened so justice can be served early." #NgTheCandidates
.@PeterObi: "I invested $30m state money in the international brewery business and today it's worth over $100m, no state has ever done that." #NgTheCandidates
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Last Friday, @MBuhari suspended the Chief Justice of On Friday, 25 January, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the Chief Justice of @SupremeCourtNg, Justice Walter #Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial at @CCBNigeria's tribunal.
@MBuhari immediately swore in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting CJN.

In a swift reaction, @NigBarAssoc issued a statement unequivocally rejecting and condemning “this attempted coup against the Nigerian Judiciary” and fixed an emergency meeting for today.
@SPNigeria & and Speaker of @HouseNGR, both condemned @NGRPresident’s move.

It is worthy to note that to legally remove the CJN, the other 2 arms of govt, @AsoRock & @nassnigeria have to be in agreement on the issue, so a 2/3 majority is needed at @NGRSenate.
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The #Onnoghen Affair: Finding a Way Forward

Press Release, Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja, 27th January 2019


On Friday, @NGRPresident suspended d CJN, Walter Onnoghen putting #Nigeria on the path to constitutional crisis especially cos he immediately swore in Justice Tanko Muhammad as his interim replacement without allowing the NJC & other arms of govt play their constitutional roles.
The @NGRPresident is aware that he has no such powers, so he justified his action by claiming he was obeying a directive from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, before which Mr Onnoghen is standing trial.

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The gist of the story & clear intent to work to pre-determined outcome in the CJN #Onnoghen matter is buried in dates. The petition against CJN Onnoghen was dated 7 January. It was actually stamped into the office of the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on 9 January
On the same day, 9 Jan, according to the ex-parte order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which only became public yesterday, after the purported suspension of CJN #Onnoghen, the @Buhari administration filed a petition with the CCT for his removal
It's quite clear that there was no time between the receipt of the petition by the CCB & the referral to the CCT. Under the law, the obligation to verify claims made in asset declaration forms belongs exclusively to the CCB. This cld not have bn done before charges were filed.
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1/ The country’s profile got bleaker this week for a host of reasons - impetuous regulatory behaviour, refugees left out in the cold, a needless rise in public recurrent spending and an unshackled rogue police squad.
2/ Nothing illustrates #Nigeria’s dysfunction as much as the minimum wage palaver. The ₦27,000 ($75) or even ₦30,000 ($83) is not much – those that earn it will hover around the poverty line.
3/ The issue is that even such a wage is beyond the capacity of @AsoRock to pay, and for many small businesses as well, this will represent a massive upswing in cost. There is a disconnect between value creation by the workforce, and how much they earn.
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In 2010, I posted an #OpenLetter (WHY WE ARE NO LONGER AT EASE…) which was signed by dozens of Nigerian writers. Much of it is still relevant today: #Nigeria #Politics
"An Open Letter from Nigerian Writers
"Nigeria’s failure to make the progress commensurate with 50 years of nation-building is not just a failure of leadership. It is first and most catastrophically, a failure of followership.
"As ordinary Nigerians, we have failed to create an environment where good leadership can thrive. By glamorising fraud and ineptitude, we have created a country hostile to probity. Our expectation from Government House is mediocrity, so good government surprises us pleasantly
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Through his latest entry into the #NigeriaDecides2019 conversation, President Obasanjo helps to clarify issues that shd control the decision making of voters in the ballot. For him the question is the issue of #Nigeria's continuing coexistence.…
In #NigeriaDecides2019, ppl will have to decide what issues matter most to them. Votes, outcomes & possibly the fate of a generation if not of a country will hang on these decisions. The defining issues are clear and all very important.
One issue clearly will be security or insecurity. It was a major issue in 2015. It remains so in 2019. For many #Nigerians, the question is: are you more secure today than you were 4 yrs ago & which of the candidates can make a better job of fighting insecurity
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LIVE: #Nigeria’s presidential candidates face off in debate | TheCable #2019Debate #2019Elections
This is TheCable's live coverage of the 2019 presidential debate organised by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG).… #2019Debate
The presidential candidates expected at the debate are Atiku Abubakar, Muhammadu Buhari, Oby Ezekwesili, Fela Durotoye and Kingsley Moghalu.… #2019Debate
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1/ #Nigeria's judiciary is under the spotlight yet again, for decidedly unsavoury reasons.
2/ Barring any drastic change of plans, the CJN, Honourable Justice Walter #Onnoghen will be arraigned by @CCBNigeria this morning on 6 counts of alleged false asset declarations.
3/ The charge, based on a petition to @CCBNigeria by a self-styled anti-corruption group led by @cpcnatpubsec, a former official of @MBuhari’s defunct political party, CPC, alleges that #Onnoghen maintains multiple undeclared foreign-denominated accounts.
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#Nigeria''s @MBuhari has begun moves to officially extend the tenure of Ibrahim Idris as Inspector-General of @PoliceNG. Under Service Rules, Idris shd have retired on the 35th anniv of his enlistment, 3 Jan but has continued to run the police regardless.…
s. 215(1)(a) of #Nigeria's constitution says: an Inspector-General of @PoliceNG shall be appointed by the President on advice of the Police Council from among serving members of the NPF.

IGP Idris can't be lawfully extended cos he's no longer serving & Police Council hasn't met.
s. 216(2) of the Constitution is v clear: "Before making any appointment to the office of the Inspector-General of @PoliceNG or removing him from office the President shall consult the Nigeria Police Council." A meeting of the Police Council is mandatory pre-condition.
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1) A few weeks ago in December, I paid a courtesy visit to our revered father, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, to solicit the support of my Kinsmen for my husband, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the upcoming Presidential Election 2019
#CharityBeginsAtHome #Onitsha

2) I would like to reiterate my message to the good and blessed people of Onitsha, my illustrious people, my noble kinsmen.

Your In-Law, my husband, Atiku Abubakar, is counting on your support to win the election in February.
#Atiku2019 #Atikuforpresident #pdp

3) I am your daughter and your in-law is my husband. You asked me to marry him and here I am seeking your support for his presidential ambition - Please, do not let us down.
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@LeahHardingAJE @dibussi My name is Nsoh Nalova Bih, I was 1 of the 12 #Ambazonian activists who gathered at the Nera Hotel in Abuja on January 5, 2017. Here is MY STORY on how we were abducted, why I was not taken to 🇨🇲 with the #Nera10 to face bogus terrorism charges
1/17 On that fateful day, we had gathered in Abuja to discuss the growing refugee crisis in the Cross River State of Nigeria caused by the war that President Biya had declared on the people of Southern Cameroons. #Justice4Nera10
2/17 The group consisted of Profs, Lawyers, Teachers: Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, Prof. Awasum Augustin, Dr Henry Kimeng, Deacon Tassang Wilfred, Dr. Fidelis Ndeh-Che, Dr Conerlius Kwanga, Dr Ogork Ntui, Eyambe Elias, SHUFAI Bliase, Nfor Ngalla Nfor, Dr OJONG & myself #Justice4Nera10
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Our Transformation Will Be Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary.

But the evolutionary process can be quickened to shorten its time.

Cc: @segalink @CnnNigeria @Omojuwa @CivicHive @seunonigbinde @seunokin @iaboyeji @DrOlufunmilayo @MKabrik @HamzyCODE @TrackaNG @DSamsonItodo #Nigeria
The adventure to transform a nation is a process.For a nation as diverse &complex as Nig.,the process is helplessly long

Making a crucial mental shift from acute short termism to developing a long term perspective on development is a crucial part of the process

The factors that turned us into the nation that we are, are stacked layer after layer, built through decades of iterating and innovating a corruptive culture.

Taking those layers off takes a process. To start building again, block after block, takes a process.

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