On 23 January 2006, “This Day” the national newspaper carried a report attributed to the Federal Minister of Information, Mr Frank Nweke Junior in which he alleged that the “Pirate Confraternity”, obviously intended as the PYRATES Confraternity is the “root of all cultism in Nigeria, the bane of the education system ….”.
On 5 December 2005, President Olusegun Obasanjo addressed a joint session of the National Assembly in which he presented the 2006 Appropriation Bill. This project contained a number of remarkable if not unique features, some of which we shall be commenting upon.
On 22 October 2005, the nation experienced one of its darkest days in contemporary Nigeria. 117 passengers on board a Bellview Airlines 210 on its way to Abuja crashed. The effects of this accident shook the nation. Its consequence was one of anguish, frustration and deep-seated despair.
By quirk of unusual coincidence, the Nigerian Nation was thrown into mourning with the loss, on Saturday, 22 October 2005 of 117 persons who died when Belleview Airlines Flight 210 en route Abuja from Lagos, crashed in Ogun State, Nigeria. Literally within hours, the nation lost its First Lady, Mrs Stella Obasanjo.
Yet again, the Nigerian nation has been roused into protest mode. The reason for this is the recently publicised increase in the pump price of petroleum products. Petrol and diesel previously sold for approximately N51 per litre. The price increase adds at least 20% to that price.
The recent United States National Intelligence Council report that predicted, amongst other things, an outright collapse of Nigeria as a nation state within the next 15 years was received with a range of responses across the national and international communities.
The controversy surrounding the emergence of the document headed “Draft Constitution” has been very well documented. The document refers to one ostensibly produced by an All Party Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.