It is time to let the Nigerian government and the world know about the “Republic of the Middle Belt”. The citizens of the Middle Belt have watched with keen interest over the years, the policies, actions and decisions taken so far by different administrations upon issues ranging from ethnicity to religion, politics to economics and many more, and have therefore decided not to keep quiet any longer but begin to peacefully agitate for independence and sovereignty of the area as a nation.
We have observed that the nonstop conflicts of different types in various parts of the country between two or more parties have come to stay because we have been forced to live together as one even when it is obvious that we don’t want to be one.
It is true that Boko Haram terrorists have killed and are still killing innocent people in the country and destroying properties worth billions of naira if not trillions. It is also true that Fulani herdsmen have killed and are still killing the people and taking over their farmland in order to feed their cattle as these animals seem to be more valuable than the people. It is very true that militants in Niger Delta have bombed and destroyed oil pipelines, caused a great reduction in the production of crude oil and are still doing more because their place is still underdeveloped while the money realized from the sales of crude oil has been used to develop other places.
Therefore, all the above listed conflicts and more can be resolved amicably if the right thing is done. The Nigerian government and the world should know that we cannot continue being together forever and there is need for any group that thinks it can stand on its own and survive to begin to prepare and agitate for her independence. At this point, I wish to appeal that the Nigerian government should peacefully approve the independence of Biafra and any other group that has the capacity and wish to be detached from Nigeria in order to allow peace, unity and progress to reign
Notwithstanding, we cannot continue to live together with the people who value their cattle more than us, we cannot stay together with the people who are always killing us in the name of their religion, we will not go on living together with the people who want us to practice their religion against our will or wish, we are tired of living together with the people who have taken leadership to be their birthright, we will no longer stay together with the people who talk peace with the mouth but do the opposite in their action. Enough is enough.
Nevertheless, “Middle Belt Citizens” can neither go with Biafra nor remain with Nigeria. Therefore, there is need to let the Nigerian government and the world know that the “Middle Belt” is equal to the task and wish to be independent and be known as “Federal Republic of Middle Belt”.
This is a welcome idea that should not be ignored. We want a country of our own, we want our independence and we want the Federal Republic of Middle Belt. This is a very peaceful agitation that should not give room for any arrests.
Awunah Pius Terwase, wrote from Mpape, Abuja via firstname.lastname@example.org
Nigeria’s Public Debt Is Officially ₦29.83 Trillion
The total public debt stocks of the Federal Government of Nigeria, all states within the Nigerian federation, and the FCT is now ₦28.63 trillion as of Q1 2020.
This is was made known by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in a report they released on Friday, July 10, 2020.
Further analysis of Nigeria’s total public debt showed that N9.99 trillion which equals about 34.89% of the debt was external.
A breakdown of the report revealed that the total debt stock of the states as of 31 March 2020 is N4.1 trillion. Meanwhile, these states’ total Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for 2019 was N1.3 trillion. They also received N2.47 trillion from FAAC.
As usual, Lagos State recorded the highest IGR at N398.7 billion. The state also received N117.8 billion in FAAC disbursements and has a total debt stock of N444.2 billion, thereby making up 10.8% of the total debt stock of the states.
Yobe State recorded the lowest debt stock out of all the states with just N29.2 billion. This made up just 0.7% of the total debt stock of the states. Meanwhile, the state generated a total IGR of N8.4 billion in 2019.
Part of the report by the NBS said:
“Nigerian States and Federal Debt Stock data as at 31st March 2020 reflected that the country’s total public debt portfolio stood at N28.63trn. Further disaggregation of Nigeria’s total public debt showed that N9.99trn or 34.89% of the debt was external while N18.64trn or 65.11% of the debt was domestic.
“Similarly, States and FCT domestic debt was put at N4.11trillion with Lagos state accounting for 10.8% of the total domestic debt stock while Yobe State has the least debt stock in this category with a contribution of 0.7%.”
— Dr Yemi Kale (@sgyemikale) July 10, 2020
However, the FCT had total debt of N106.8 billion, making up 2.6% of the total debt stock of the states. The FCT also recorded an IGR of N74.5 billion in 2019 and received N71.9 billion in FAAC.
The Federal Government’s total domestic debt stock by Q1, 2020 was N14.5 trillion, with FGN bonds making up 72.5% of the total portfolio followed by treasury bills at 18.24%.
The total public debt stock has risen by 4% since December 2019 while the previous figure stood at N27.4 trillion.
BREAKING: Buhari Signs N10.8trn Revised 2020 Budget
President Muhmmadu Buhari, on Friday, signed the revised 2020 Budget of N10.8 trillion, passed by the National Assembly in June, into law.
While signing the bill into law, the President explained the revision became necessary because of the weakening effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s economy.
He also said ministries, department and agencies will be given 50 percent of their capital allocation by the end of the month.
The signing ceremony, which took place inside the State House, was witnessed by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and other principal officers also witnessed the signing.
The Ministers Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of State Finance, Clement Agba, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emiefile and Director General Budget, Ben Akabueze.
At 11:03am, Senator Babajide Omoworare, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) and Hon. Umar El-Yakub, on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives) presented the budget to the President, while the Osinbajo, Lawan, and Gbajamilia joined him to witness the signing the budget at exactly 11:06
Nigeria Records 499 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Now 30,748
Nigeria has recorded 499 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 30,748.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via its Twitter handle on Thursday.
“499 new cases of #COVID19; Lagos-157 Edo-59 Ondo-56 Oyo-31 Akwa Ibom-22 Borno-21 Plateau-19 Kaduna-18 Katsina-18 Bayelsa-17 FCT-17 Delta-14 Kano-11 Rivers-10 Enugu-8 Ogun-6 Kwara-4 Imo-3 Nasarawa-2 Osun-2 Abia-1 Ekiti-1 Niger-1 Yobe-1.”
499 new cases of #COVID19;
499 new cases of #COVID19;
689 deaths pic.twitter.com/F44yWh4c4y
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) July 9, 2020
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