Based on some statistics, about 30 million Nigerians go to mattress hungry each evening. Solely about one in 4 has a number of meals per day.
About three in 5 begin the hustle of the day with out breakfast. About two in three earn lower than a greenback per day whereas graduate unemployment is a whopping one in two.
As grim as these statistics are, they aren’t 2020 statistics. And all people is aware of this 12 months has been exceptionally brutal on many fronts. Simply as individuals had been attempting to recuperate from the yuletide and starting of the 12 months bills, the dreaded pandemic struck, actually asphyxiating the whole lot that dared to breathe.
We got here up for air on realising God had spared us the worst of the pandemic. However the tentative stroll that will have made the economic system stand on its wobbly toes was instantly knocked off by the #endsars protests which first re-paralysed the economic system earlier than culminating in a wanton carnage in the direction of the tip of October.
On high of all of it was the toll on the nation of banditry from excessive and low, and the destruction of farmland by man and flood. All of those helped plunge the nation into its worst recession in years. All of those imply the dwelling circumstances of 100 million Nigerians can solely be described as pitiable. All of those imply the already grim statistics I raised earlier have grow to be terribly worsened.
The realisation that Nigeria isn’t a wealthy nation has been lengthy in coming however I feel it’s lastly dawning on the generality of Nigerians that we’re in reality, a poor nation. We aren’t solely poor, we’re technologically and industrially backward. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has taken maintain all over the world whereas Nigeria continues to be attempting to grabble with the Third. Critical nations are centered on the implications of the digital world whereas Nigeria is perennially centered on political musical chairs.
But, the perpetrators of the financial stranglehold, those that have positioned their knees on the neck of the nation are unrepentant. Fortunes are nonetheless being amassed, state funds are nonetheless being misappropriated, lavish life are nonetheless being promoted.
It’s arduous to imagine, however Nigeria has extra non-public jets than business planes. Solely a handful of nations have extra planes in non-public palms than we do and they’re wealthy nations. Solely a few weeks in the past, a State Chief of Workers was suspended by his boss for a vulgar show of funds at a public perform. He represents the profligate way of life of the political elite and the brand new wealthy.
Extra consultant of this way of life is a narrative which appeared on the social media a couple of Senator who pulled out all of the stops for his daughter’s marriage ceremony. Based on the report, the cake which is constructed within the form of a cathedral, is 48 toes tall. It reportedly took 125 days and 18 bakers to construct at a value of 4 million Naira.
That is simply the cake alone which by now would have been flushed down the bathroom by those that ate it. I’m embarrassed to go additional on the insanely opulent marriage ceremony which gave out a automotive to a shocked Uber driver as a part of its celebration, in order to not offend the sensibilities of those that have been badly broken by the vicissitudes of 2020. However I’ll say this. If our political leaders don’t change, in the event that they don’t handle the plight of the individuals, in the event that they don’t cease flaunting wealth amidst poverty, then what would confront them won’t be the approaching Industrial Revolution which they’re ignoring, however a unique sort of revolution which they’re unwittingly inviting.
It’s lower than every week to Christmas. There is no such thing as a gainsaying the notion that it has come too quickly. Only a few properties are ready for the monetary rigours of this Christmas. The gaiety, the enjoyment and anticipation of Christmas are considerably dampened as a result of prevailing circumstances. Even the climate is refusing to regulate for Christmas! Even in regular occasions, Christmas often highlights the frustration of poverty and the despair of loneliness. And these are usually not regular occasions.
Many properties will go to mattress hungry until you and I attempt to do one thing about it – no use pondering that those that hoarded palliatives through the lockdown will all of the sudden keep in mind and issue within the poor this Christmas (there’s a report that brokers of Ogun State Authorities lately offered COVID 19 grains to poultry farmers at exorbitant costs).
That is alleged to be a season of goodwill. Allow us to act out our goodwill by reaching out to the hungry. Each neighbourhood has its share. Certainly one of my favorite Christmas tales is that of a warfare hero who got here dwelling for Christmas. As he was heading dwelling, he noticed a destitute huddled within the chilly of Christmas winter with no cloak. He took out his personal, reduce it into two together with his sword and gave half to the destitute. The individuals who got here to obtain him had been stated to have been hushed into disgrace by his gesture.
At evening, Jesus appeared in a dream to thank him by carrying the half cloak he had given the destitute. That warfare hero has since been canonised by the church. The individual whose season we rejoice stated ‘after I was hungry, you gave me meals. Once I was thirsty you gave me drink and after I was homeless you gave me shelter. For so long as you do it to the least of my brethren, you do it to me’. This time is nearly as good as any to behave this injunction out.
Allow us to reduce out the standard feeding frenzy of the season in order to have the ability to give to those that actually need assistance – our poorer neighbours, our poorer cousins. We will come collectively as a neighborhood or as people to prepare dinner or parcel meals for them. Or present cash for a minimum of a meal. If we are able to’t present for a household, we should always a minimum of save a mouth from going to mattress hungry this Christmas. Allow us to transcend the skilled or institutionalised beggars to people and households who’re actually hurting however may not ask. They’re round us.
Some infamous bandits have died after participating Nigerian troopers in a fierce battle.
In response to the Defence Headquarters, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji killed 35 bandits and recovered many rustled cows at Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Main-Gen. John Enenche made the announcement in an announcement on Monday.
Enenche reported that the operations have been executed on 17 January 2021, following intelligence experiences.
The assertion learn, “Following credible intelligence on the motion of armed bandits with rustled animals at Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State, troops of Ahead Working Base Kekuwuje on 17 January 2021, responded instantly and made contact with bandits.
“In the midst of the encounter thirty armed bandits have been neutralized whereas 24 cows and an unspecified variety of sheep have been recovered.
“Equally, nonetheless on the identical 17 January 2021, troops deployed at Maradun obtained data of reprisal assault by armed bandits at Janbako village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara State.
“Troops swiftly mobilized to the world to forestall the reprisal assault.
“Troops have been ambushed shortly after the Janbako village the place firefight ensued.
“The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits and neutralized 5 of them.”
A Russian courtroom on Monday ordered distinguished opposition chief Alexei Navalny to be saved in custody till February 15, at a unexpectedly organised listening to after his arrest, aides mentioned.
Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev tweeted from the makeshift courtroom at a police station that the courtroom had dominated for Navalny to be held for 30 days from the day of his arrest on Sunday.
Navalny’s private account additionally introduced the ruling as did a number of of his key allies who denounced it as a farce.
“They detained him on the border, took him to locations unknown, his lawyer was not granted entry, the listening to was carried out urgently proper within the police station and he was detained for 30 days,” Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh mentioned.
“This can not even be referred to as a parody of the rule of legislation.”
The courtroom was arrange in a police station in Khimki on the outskirts of Moscow the place Navalny was taken after a dramatic airport arrest that prompted condemnation from the West and requires his fast launch.
Police seized Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most well-known opponent, at a border management publish at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport lower than an hour after he returned to Russia from Germany for the primary time since he was poisoned with a nerve agent in August.
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A police Sergeant, Ibrahim Odege hs been paraded after he was caught throughout a theft operation.
The officer was connected to the Operations Division of the Rivers State Police Command earlier than his arrest.
Sergeant Odege was arrested alongside one Sampson Inomoghe, 32, on Saturday night time, for robbing residents of Elekahia Housing Property in Port Harcourt.
It was gathered that the suspects entered the neighborhood with a bike, robbed individuals of their valuables till one of many victims raised an alarm and all exit routes from the neighborhood had been blocked, resulting in their arrest.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident in an announcement on Sunday, mentioned operatives of the Elekahia Division responded to a misery name on the Elekahia Housing Property round 10pm and arrested the 2 suspects, who had been robbing individuals.
Gadgets recovered from the suspects included assorted cellphones and a regionally made Bareta pistol.
One of many victims, Mrs Doris Elechi, recognized the suspects as the identical individuals that dispossessed her of her valuables.
The PPRO mentioned the suspects confessed to have carried out the theft assault amongst different revelations.
In the meantime, the Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan, has condemned the act and ordered the quick switch of suspects and displays to the State Prison Investigation Division for investigation.
He appealed to members of the general public to extend their safety consciousness and report any suspicious character and motion round them to the Police.