#TheFloorNG presents a selection of news and opinion articles for the week gone just past.
1. Nigeria Declared Ebola free
The World Health Organization (WHO) after the prescribed 42 days since the last confirmed case of Ebola in Nigeria, declared the country Ebola free on Monday the 20th. Everyone obviously wants to know what Nigeria did right to manage to control what could have been a devastating outbreak. This TIME magazine article takes a look at how we pulled it off and the lessons others could learn from us.
Of interest would be this article by Nwachukwu Egbunike looking forward to maintaining an Ebola Free Nigeria.
2. Boko Haram
News broke late last week that the Nigerian Government had negotiated a cease fire agreement with the extremist group Boko Haram. Renewed attacks last weekend called to question the veracity of the claims of a cease fire (These questions formed the topic of Thursday’s #TheFloorNG session by the way).
There was also hope that 219 girls kidnapped almost 200 days ago would be released with a cease fire in place. What we got last week was news of a further sixty girls and women abducted by Boko Haram in Adamawa state.
Meanwhile, after what looked like an ingenious attempt to co-opt the #BringBackOurGirls movements as a part of the APC, Audu Ogbeh apologized and reaffirmed the apolitical nature of the movement even as one of the initiators and conveners of the movement, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, admitted to being a member of the APC.
Also of interest is this article by Tolu Ogunlesi on how, like many causes in the past, celebrities and buzz seekers have kidnapped the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and as expected moved on to other things six months later.
3. $15 Million returned by South Africa
Last Week’s #TheFloorNG session focused on Nigeria’s foreign policy following the diplomatic row caused by $15 million meant for the purchase of arms by the Federal Government. It seems that diplomacy has prevailed as the South African authorities have agreed to return the money. The story can be found on the Punch.
4. Law School Results
Law school results were recently released and were poor. This caused an uproar amongst our learned friends with screams of conspiracy by the examiners to put as many obstacles as possible for the aspiring lawyer on one side, and appeals not to sacrifice standard for the sake of “good results”.
- Governors reject autonomy for councils.
- TB Joshua will appear before court to answer questions regarding the collapse of his Church building a month ago.
- General Mohammed Buhari declared his intention to run for President in the 2015 polls in Abuja with much fanfare earlier in the week. In this exclusive interview by The Cable, Gen. Buhari outlines how he plans to tackle national issues when elected.
- Speaking of polls and their misuse this article from Joachim Macebong advises on the importance of the proper application of opinion polls.
- And finally this CNN report looks at how Prepaid meters could help win the battle against electric power thieves in countries with “chaotic electrical infrastructure”