‘He who goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing’
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019 election, Atiku Abukakar, has said the increase in Nigeria’s debt profile was becoming alarming under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. He said the situation was more than a source of worry, adding that it had reached the stage where all genuine lovers of Nigeria ought to raise the alarm.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Paul Ibe, titled, ‘Sounding the alarm before Nigeria collapses under unsustainable debt,’ Atiku stated that on May 29, 2015, the nation’s debt profile was at a “very healthy N12tn.” He, however, said that after four years of alleged profligate spending and irresponsible borrowing, Nigeria’s debt doubled to N24.3tn by December 2018.
“We find it inconceivable that Nigeria could have had such unprecedented borrowing in the midst of almost unimaginable sorrow, which resulted in our nation becoming the world headquarters of extreme poverty and the global capital of out-of-school children, even as we slipped in the Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International,” Atiku said.
An aside: I like how Atiku has taken it upon himself to dey do VAR on top Buhari’s administration – Bubu needs to be kept on his toes. And as for this alarm, again the APC will fire back an inane, politically-charged rebuttal. Everything na meaningless hardheadedness for Naija.
The ticking bomb named Shi’ites
The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to hold talks with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, to resolve their grievances. The lawmakers at the plenary warned the Shi’ites were becoming security threats like Boko Haram.
The lawmakers gave the warning as the Senate condemned attack by Shi’ites on the National Assembly on Tuesday and asked the police to secure the federal parliament.
“Government should as a matter of urgency engage this Shi’ite group so as to amicably resolve whatever is their grievances,” they said.
The Federal Government will do zilch. Until the situation becomes a monster that will consume majority of the masses.
Bisi Fayemi shakes head at girl-child discrimination
Wife of Ekiti State governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, has decried the practice of expelling pregnant schoolgirls while allowing boys that impregnate them to continue their education.
Fayemi, who expressed her feelings during a meeting in Ado-Ekiti with wives of Coordinating Directors and Community Development Officers of the 16 Local Government Councils in the state, described the measure as “discriminatory.” She stressed that all girls have right to education, regardless of their pregnancy, marital or motherhood status.
She said that a sensitization campaign would hold in the state in August to increase awareness of the people on the importance of protecting the rights of children, particularly the girl-child.
As a people, we still have a long, long way to go. Still beats me how a person’s gender automatically places them under another. And yes, the Bible is to blame, always have been. Yes o, I said what I said, go and report me to Gucci Pastor.
Dress of plenty tears
Donna Bettiss, 28, from Horsham, West Sussex was left heartbroken after partner James Routledge, 30, dumped her just weeks before their big day in 2018. James left Donna to start a relationship with work colleague Paige Hannington, 27, who had helped the couple organise and plan their wedding.
Software partner coordinator Donna, is now selling her unworn £1,800 wedding dress to get rid of ‘bad memories’ after learning that Mr. Routledge was now engaged to Ms. Hannington – who she says was married when she started her relationship with him.
Heartbreak things. Make she sell the dress joor – aside evil, I’ve always believed money is the root of all enjoyment.
Oluwa pass VAR – Rohr
Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr could not resist a dig at the VAR system after his team’s 2-1win over South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. He said the time taken to confirm his opponents’ goal had unsettled his team.
The VAR system was introduced at the quarter-final stage and is being used in the competition for the first time. It made its first significant intervention when it overruled a linesman’s decision to disallow Bongani Zungu’s goal for offside.
“For five minutes we had to wait, goal or no goal, and that was hard for my team,” the German told reporters in Cairo. He also praised the character of his side who came back from 2-1 down to beat Cameroon 3-2 in the previous round and grabbed a late winner in Wednesday’s match.
Our players love their match bonuses too much; they can’t afford to lose. Let’s sha keep the energy going, and hope we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot with the occasional lapses in concentration.