by Paul Osas
This week, here are five of the major stories we would be following for our readers. Stay with The Scoop to get details on these stories and more.
1. JTF vs Boko Haram
Last week’s big news was the declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa state. So far, statements by the military shows that the emergency force is having the upper hand over the insurgents, capturing or killing scores of them although with few casualties on the military side.
Also noteworthy is the fact that there have been little or no reports oft civilian casualties. That’s fantastic news, even though like we said, this is the version of events according to military press releases.
So this week we would be following that story closely. Can the military do a quick job of rooting the terrorists? Is everything being done to ensure that not only is civilian casualty limited but innocent citizens are not victimised by the troops? We are also eager to see if there would be any move by the Tanimu Turaki led amnesty committee in the face of the new escalation in military presence and might in the region. And we would definitely be listening to hear if Abubakar Shekau would say anything this week. Would the sect be able to regroup and cause an upset? Would they accept the amnesty deal?
Lots to watch out for on that front.
2. Reopening of the Obio/Akpor LG secretariat in Rivers state
One week after Justice A.H. Nganjiwa of a federal high court in Port Harcourt ordered the police commissioner of Rivers state Mbu Joseph Mbu to reopen the Obio/Akpor council secretariat following an interlocutory injunction sought by caretaker committee of the local government, led by Mr. Chikordi Dike, the council remains closed. Very sad stuff in an era in which rule of law is touted from every corner in government.
According to the judge, forcefully closing and occupying the secretariat, was unconstitutional. He warned the police against contravening the order. He said that the police should immediately vacate the secretariat premises and provide only minimal security in the council. The police does not give a damn about the courts, showing clearly that they have picked sides in the fight.
Anyway, the judge adjourned the case till Tuesday, May 21, 2013. We would be following that to here any further pronouncements.
3. Senate to Debate Imposition of State Of Emergency
As the senate prepares for seating this week, one of the pressing issues to be debated is the state of emergency ongoing in the three Northern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe.
It is obvious that a majority of Nigerians favour the course of action adopted by the commander-in-chief, but as you know, some opposition politicians have been throwing tantrums.
The most likely scenario is that the emergency would be approved, but we would be watching to see how opposition senators vote on the matter.
4. AU 50th anniversary
This week, the African Union will be 50 years old. It’s going to be a jolly good time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as 75 Heads of States and Governments are expected to grace the occasion. The OAU, which was the precursor to the AU, was founded on May 25, 1963. It transmuted into the AU on July 11, 2000.
Expectedly, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan would be there for the Commemorative Summit on May 25, especially as the military seems to be making some progress. Even though details of the extent of that progress would only become clearer as the days go by.
5. The APC
Last week, Pastor Tunde Bakare made a key observation that there is nothing like the APC for now. We would be watching to see how much progress the chieftains of the merging parties can make in birthing the APC. Their haphazard reactions following the state of emergency declaration by the president shows that they need to get their acts together and speak with one voice soon enough to avoid embarrassing themselves as they most definitely did last week.
Packed week ahead. Stay with The Scoop to stay ahead of the curve.
Have a Scoop-filled week ahead.