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In the wake of the federal government’s removal of fuel subsidies earlier this year, one pressing concern has taken centre stage: the measures put in place to alleviate the resulting hardships faced by Nigerians.

This article delves into the multifaceted issues surrounding this policy shift, including agriculture, poverty alleviation, and security, while also examining the government’s efforts to bolster bilateral relations and promote peace within the African region.

Tinubu establishes farmers-herdsmen committee

Herder–farmer conflicts in Nigeria are a series of disputes over arable land resources across Nigeria between herders and farmers. The conflicts have been especially prominent in the North Central zone.

President Bola Tinubu has taken a significant step by giving his approval for the establishment of a Presidential Committee with a dedicated focus on reforming the livestock industry and finding sustainable solutions to the persistent clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria.

This pivotal announcement came during an event in Abuja, following the reception of recommendations from the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Conflict Mitigation in Nigeria.

The conference, convened by Dr Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, former Governor of Kano State and National Chairman of the APC, provided the platform for these crucial deliberations.

Father kills day old baby for being a girl

Femicide refers to the intentional killing of women or girls because of their gender. It is a subset of gender-based violence and represents a severe violation of human rights.

Femicide can manifest in various forms, including domestic violence, honour killings, dowry-related killings, and other acts of lethal violence primarily targeting females.

A new-born baby, allegedly poisoned by her biological father, became the heart-wrenching centre of attention.

Three months after the alleged crime, law enforcement authorities apprehended the suspect, 28-year-old Misbahu Salisu.

The chilling details of the crime were revealed when Misbahu reportedly confessed to administering poisoned tea, laced with a substance known as “fiya fiya,” to the defenceless new-born.

The shocking nature of this incident underscores the importance of addressing the underlying factors that contribute to such tragic events.

Nigerian, UAE reach landmark agreement. Then denies it?

In an announcement made last October, the UAE declared its decision to cease the issuance of visas to Nigerians and 19 other African nations.

Additionally, flight operations between the two countries were suspended when Emirates Airlines decided to cease its operations within Nigeria.

Nigerians particularly those who have been trying so hard to go to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates were happy to receive the news that the UAE has lifted Visa ban on Nigerians.

This was part of a meeting between President Bola Tinubu and the President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi.

By doing so, Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines are to resume flight schedules in and out of Nigeria immediately.

However, an unnamed official of the UAE denied that the ban was lifted. The official from the Gulf state told CNN: “There are no changes on the Nigeria/UAE travel status so far.” 

But Yusuf Tuggar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has indicated that Nigeria’s diplomatic agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) remain a dynamic work in progress.

Cordoso nominated CBN governor

Before Cardoso, immediate past president of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, is the first to serve two terms as the head of the apex bank in nearly 20 years. Then-President Goodluck Jonathan first appointed him in June 2014.

President Bola Tinubu approved the nomination of Dr Olayemi Michael Cardoso to serve as the new Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a term of 5 years at the first instance pending his confirmation by the Senate.

The President has also approved the nomination of 4 new Deputy Governors of the Apex Bank for a term of 5 years at the first instance pending their confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.

In a statement, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale listed the names of the new Deputy Governors to include Emem Nnana Usoro, Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo, Philip Ikeazor, and Dr Bala Bello

”Storm Daniel” devastates Libya

The death toll from devastating floods in eastern Libya surpassed 11,000, according to the Libyan Red Crescent, as rescuers desperately try to help those who managed to survive the disaster.

In Libya, about 2,000 people were killed in Derna, after a powerful storm and floods hit the city in eastern Libya.

The prime minister of a self-proclaimed government based in eastern Libya, Osama Hamad said on Monday that thousands were missing.

However, the Mayor of the Eastern Libyan port city of Derna, Abdulmenam Al-Ghaithi estimated that between 18,000 and 20,000 people died in flooding.

Mr Al-Ghaithi told al-Arabiya Television that his estimate was based on the number of districts that were entirely destroyed when two dams burst.

The United Nations is urgently seeking more than $71 million to assist those most in need after deadly flash floods.

Niger still under watch

On 26 July 2023, a coup d’état occurred in Niger, in which the country’s presidential guard removed and detained President Mohamed Bazoum.

The United States resumed surveillance flights over Niger that were halted in the wake of the military takeover in the country.

 The US Africa Command spokeswoman Sabrina Singh who disclosed this during the week said other activities remain paused.

She confirmed that US forces in Niger commenced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) flights to monitor threats for purposes of force protection.

Mohbad dies at 27

The late Mohbad was said to have written a petition to the police, alleging threats to his life by a socialite, Sam Larry and others.

Music lovers were thrown into sad moot with the announcement of the death of Afrobeat Star, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba otherwise known as Mohbad who died at the age of 27 on Tuesday.

Mohbad died after he had earlier visited a hospital for an ear infection.

His death has generated reactions from people most of who called on the police to look into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Police said it will conduct investigation to unravel the cause of his death, which is still unclear,

Rema wins best Afrobeat award

Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema rose to popularity after releasing the song “Dumebi“. In 2019, Rema was signed to Jonzing World record owned by D’Prince and affiliated to Mavin Records. 

Rema won the award for Best Afrobeats, a new category at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.

Rema, who collaborated with Selena Gomez in “Calm Down”, made history, beating Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Fire Boy, Ayra Starr and Labianca to emerge winner in the category.

This win follows Rema’s historic feat as the first African artist to reach a billion streams on Spotify with his song “Calm Down”, featuring Selena Gomez.

Man U sign Guerrero from Atletico

Manchester United signed Irene Guerrero, Spain midfielder from Atletico Madrid. The red devils completed the transfer making her the sixth since they finished second in the WSL and lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea last season. The 26 year old played for Spain in the just concluded women’s world Cup and was crowned champion.

Another English Premier League team, Everton are set to get new ownership after after Farhad Moshiri agreed to sell his 94% stake in the club to American investment fund 777 Partners. Farhad Moshiri said style of club ownership has changed as the private sector are increasing stakes in leagues across the world particularly the English Premier League.

British Body builder champion Neil Currey was confirmed dead

His death was announced by his former trainer  Milos Sarcev in a post on Instagram. 

Currey made his debut at the 2017 world championships and also competed in International Federation ofBody Building and fitness events.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; editing by Saadatu Albashir and Daniel Adejo