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1. Niger’s coup
Niger’s military junta has defied international condemnation to maintain power despite widespread condemnation from African and UN representatives. Instead, coup leaders have denied entry to African and UN envoys; should their aim of strengthening their coup succeed, West Africa could have disastrous repercussions as military takeovers have recently appeared in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Guinea.
Food and electricity prices continue to soar in Niger. Many are wary of Western intervention as it might create chaos while regional forces focus on Niger; many fear terrorists might seize this moment to launch attacks against Niger while their attention is diverted elsewhere.
But some welcome the coup. Their arguments make sense: Niger is among the world’s poorest nations, and corruption has damaged faith that democracy will provide solutions. Furthermore, there have been reports that the Wagner Group of Russia actively supports other West African military juntas that may help Niger.
Nigeria has taken various steps to combat unemployment, such as recruiting young people into public programs and offering employment opportunities in agriculture and mining. Furthermore, Nigeria aims to boost economic growth by encouraging foreign investment.
However, many jobs have gone unfilled recently as the government struggles to keep up with population growth, and fluctuations in oil prices have made it hard for businesses to remain profitable. Some have reduced staff or stopped hiring new staff to cut costs.
According to recent statistics from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria has witnessed its lowest unemployment rate. To align its methodology with international best practices and reflect Nigerian reality more accurately, they revised its methodology to classify anyone working at least an hour each week as employed – sparking controversy from experts who argue this definition excludes people who work part-time to make ends meet and fails to represent its labor market state accurately.
3. Gay Wedding
An African gay couple recently married in England during an elaborate and well-attended ceremony attended by family and friends of both of them.
Nigeria’s Islamic police force, Hisbah, has recently arrested several suspects for organizing gay and lesbian weddings, particularly in Kano, where strict Islamic law applies. For instance, Hisbah allegedly detained a group of youths at a hotel in Kano who were accused of planning same-sex weddings but denied this accusation and stated they were celebrating the appointment of their club president instead.
Homosexuality is illegal in 12 states of northern Nigeria, which have adopted Sharia Law, in which Islamic courts operate alongside state judiciary systems. Under this law, homosexuals may face 14 years in jail while accomplices face up to 10. Although widely condemned at both local and international levels, it remains popular throughout Nigeria despite government bans on organizations advocating sexual freedom – forcing many people into fearful living arrangements while forcing many more into self-censorship.
4. Islamic extremists
Islamist insurgencies across Afghanistan have placed an overwhelming strain on security forces. Their impact has spread into volatile northwest and central regions where clashes between nomadic herders and farming communities have escalated further.
Nigeria and partners of a regional force were struggling in 2022 to make progress against Boko Haram and its offshoots, such as ISWA in the northeast of Nigeria.
Courts across northern states continued to enforce laws criminalizing blasphemy – or intentionally insulting religion with intent to disrupt public peace – throughout 2018. One such instance saw a Sharia court in Kano sentence Tijani Sufi lyricist Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death for remarks made during a television debate that could be read as demeaning Mohammed, his prophet.
Prisons across Nigeria were overcrowded and vulnerable to jailbreaks in 2021. One group of inmates managed to break out from a facility in Imo state; this incident marked part of a more significant trend: more than 2,500 individuals have escaped from Nigerian prisons over the past year, according to Lagos-based online newspaper TheCable; most were waiting for trial.
5. Mosque collapse
On Friday afternoon in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna state, hundreds of worshipers were praying at a mosque when part of it collapsed and killed seven worshipers. Abdullahi Kwarbai from Zaria Emirate Council reported this incident happened while the faithful observed afternoon prayers at their central mosque.
Video footage at the site showed a wide opening where part of the roof had collapsed, prompting rescue crews to search through debris with an excavator and bulldozer for survivors. At the same time, children who appeared disoriented were picked up and carried off to ambulances with crowds cheering wildly in approval.
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) offered its sincerest condolences to Nigeria’s Muslim population for this unfortunate incident and called for a thorough investigation into what caused its collapse to ensure that future occurrences don’t occur and protect the lives and properties of Muslims within Nigeria. Building failures are unfortunately frequent across Africa’s most populous nation, where regulations often go ignored, and materials used are subpar. This year alone, several dozen buildings have collapsed throughout Nigeria independently.