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1/ Politics and governance took centre stage this week, with the FG under fire for a slow response to floods in Benue,
2/ and Amnesty International serving a reminder, where none was needed, of the catastrophic human toll of Boko Haram’s insurgency.
3/ Finally on the reminder trail, Nigeria’s states have always had a thing for debt, and Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB are Nigerian after all.
4/ Juxtaposing bonds that states have taken with the projects for which they were raised paints a dire picture.
5/ Over the years, state governors have borrowed for projects which they are yet to either complete or derive value for citizens.
6/ Accountability for the bonds has generally been opaque, and repayment obligations are a topline charge to the states.
7/ This has contributed greatly to the near bankrupt position of some of these states.
8/ The chickens have come home to roost and the only option many of them desire to take is to borrow even more.
9/ It is a vicious cycle and we are not encouraged by the outcomes we see and predict to happen.
10/ After the lethargic response of @AsoRock, nothing suggests there is any serious effort to deal with further flooding in #Benue.
11/ There are indications that #Cameroon will release water from the Lagdo dam shortly.
12/ Along with expected peaking of the rainy season, we fear that the worst of the flooding is not over.
13/ There are reports the flooding has spread to neighbouring #Kogi. It is unclear what @AsoRock's plan is. It needs to do better.
14/ There have been many unrealistic targets set for the capture or killing of #BokoHaram's factional leader, Abubakar Shekau.
15/ Even worse, there have been more premature declarations of victory against the terrorists.
16/ On July 23, @Buratai_COAS gave the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole 40 days to abduct or kill Shekau.
17/ That period has elapsed and there is no sign that @HQNigerianArmy is any closer to its goal.
18/ There is a pressing need for @DefenceInfoNG to restrategise its COIN operations and put the terrorists on the back-foot.
19/ With more that 20,000 people killed over the last eight years, and 7.2 million facing food shortages or outright starvation,
20/ it is also important for @AsoRock to recognise the humanitarian emergency that this conflict is creating in #LakeChad region,
21/ and do all it can to ensure that there is relief, and that government and non-governmental agencies are able to have an effect there.
22/ @nnamdikanu1 and #IPOB have effectively crossed the line from #Biafra’s flagship separatist group to a pan-Nigerian political bloc.
23/ This bloc showed its separatist intents when it called for a boycott of arguably the most important state election before 2019.
24/ Cue in the revolving door of Igbo politicians at the national level and #IPOB statements receiving routine retorts from others.
25/ Reports of infighting within #IPOB, and increasingly vocal dissent from other pro-Biafra groups are interesting.
26/ #IPOB it would seem, in behaving like most Nigerian political groups, has found its place in the mainstream political space.
27/ Nevertheless, the separatist threat remains and underneath the political jockeying by interested actors in #Anambra,
28/ and beyond for political favours from @nnamdikanu1 who remains very popular in parts of the South East,
29/ Tuesday’s interim court ruling is a reminder that the cloud of uncertainty created by the country’s politics,
30/ and growing calls for a renegotiation of its compact have not quite been lifted yet.
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