Not since the deaths of former Soviet Union leader, Boris Yeltsin and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, in our modern times have so many world leaders gathered for the funeral of a world leader as happened for the burial of Lee Kuan Yew, former Singapore leader for over 31 years who passed on last March, aged 91.
The recent inauguration, in Sokoto State, of a cash-for-girls’ education programme is laudable, especially given the great importance of education for all, but more so for girls, especially in the northern part of the country where the literacy rate, particularly for girls is very low.
Assurances by Senate President, David Mark, on the resolve of the nation’s parliament to work towards the passing of the lingering Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is a very welcome development, coming against the background of spirited opposition by interest groups who have contrived to block the passage of a well thought-out policy that is meant to boost the revenue base of the country and better the lot of Nigerians.
As the heat of general electioneering campaigns intensified especially following the six-week postponement of the scheduled February 14 general election to March 28, a bizarre diplomatic row erupted between Nigeria and Morocco mid-March over whether or not President Goodluck Jonathan had a telephone conversation with king of Morocco, HM King Mohammed V1.
The ongoing Bank Verification Number (BVN) registration exercise is another attempt by the apex financial institution in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to st//**rengthen the banking system and must not only be embraced by all but also be supported to succeed.
The Peace Accord signed recently in Abuja by the leadership of the 14 political parties that fielded presidential candidates in the March 28 election along with their candidates including President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress , APC was seen as a step in the right direction.
According to the World Health Organization, WHO, cancer has become the number one killer disease of mankind.
An estimated 80,000 out of 100,000 Nigerians diagnosed of the scourge die annually. That is a high mortality rate.
The drastic drop in the price of crude oil, a major source of revenue for Nigeria, has once again re-enforced the need for the country to urgently evolve an action plan for the diversification of the economy from near sole dependence on the commodity, in order to meet the ever-growing challenges of national growth and development.
Notwithstanding the 2015 pre-election, election and post-election ‘non-violence’ agreement that was witnessed with fanfare by the likes Chief Emeka Anyaoku, a former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kofi Anan, former United Nations Secretary General and several international bodies and observers, the spate of verbal and physical attacks between political parties and their supporters have marked the scene in the last few weeks.
Of recent, especially as the count-down to the February 2015 general elections peaks, it has become worryingly fashionable for politicians and all sorts of commentators to prognosticate about what and how the nation’s military and security agencies should, or not, conduct their business.