State of Affairs: What’s happening in Nigeria today

Not only are Russian troops and torment spreading into more Ukrainian cities, the transcontinental country has just defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since Vladimir Ilʹich Lenin’s regime in the 1920s. Back in China, the economy is slowly recovering but news out of Beijing states that it is currently experiencing its biggest surge in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with over 45 million people back in lockdowns as a result. The Russia-Ukraine tensions are on track to disrupt Africa’s wheat supply and heighten food insecurity in many parts. So much that the continent’s richest man Aliko Dangote has given a public service announcement warning Nigerians about what to expect. 

This brings us closer to home, no other place than Nigeria; where the national grid has completely collapsed with most parts of the country experiencing a black out. Considering the abnormality of things in the country, this shouldn’t be a big deal considering that the country hailed the record for the highest number of generators in the world. But a 3-week long fuel scarcity that has taken many commuters off the road, and even affected the aviation sector has put millions of Nigerians at crossroads, and threatens many economic activities. 

One of the Pandora effects this has unleashed is the recent revelation from the office of the Auditor General of the Federation on how the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, a state-owned oil company has failed to account for over 107 million barrels of crude oil over the past year. 

All of Nigerians’ problems can easily be solved if its younger, better-positioned, educated and digital savvy generations can successfully navigate their way to the corridors of power. It’s very easy to say, but the ‘leaders of tomorrow’ are still hoping the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government settle their differences and meet the demands. With the look of things, that wouldn’t be happening soon as ASUU has extended its warning strike by another two months. 

Naijalingo: JAPA’ a Yoruba-derived slang common amongst young Nigerians to describe their hopes of migration to greener pastures. 

While those who can afford visa fees have been flocking embassies across the country more than key United Nations diplomats in the past few months, the U.K has just pressed the ‘halt’ button for work and study applicants in Nigeria, China and some other countries. The move according to the U.K Visa Immigrations Office is to accommodate Ukrainians in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Murtala Mohammed Terminal 1 has fallen. 

Honorary mention: today’s Goggle Doodle honours Ladi Kwali. She’s not just the viral woman on the backs of your N20 notes, she’s a Nigerian potter, educator and glass worker whose work brought the beauty of Nigerian art to limelight. 
See you again soon.

Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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