The boldest and most ambitious experiment in Nigerian journalism since the founding of The Guardian in 1983 ended three weeks ago after a run of nearly three years.
And what a run it was!
Its very name, 234NEXT, signalled a departure from the ho-hum titles of newspapers, not just in Nigeria, but worldwide. The prefix, by the way, is the international dialing code for Nigeria.
The recent furore over the Nigerian federal government’s decision to remove subsidy from oil may have quietened, but the spirit of brotherhood the unpopular act foisted upon the citizenry would be interred in the nation’s history.
On January 1st, Nigerians received an unlikely New Year Day present from an even more unlikely source – the federal government.
The present – an over one hundred percent increase in the pump price of petrol – sparked a wave of protests that gradually spread across the length and breadth of the country.
I was greeted to numerous calls and mail yesterday when the administration announced my name as Chairman of the 21-man Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force.
Given my recent political pedigree, many inquirers naturally wanted to understand what was happening, and whether it was true that I was consulted and whether I would accept the offer. (more…)
After addressing the people of Lagos state, requesting President Jonathan to withdraw his troops from the streets of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola wrote the president to emphasis his demands. Ministry of Defence, however say Fashola demanded for the troops in his state. Confusion.
ON New Year’s Day, in my ancestral hometown of Abba in Anambra State in eastern Nigeria, my family and I woke up to unbelievable news: the price of petrol had doubled. Overnight, the government had removed what it called the subsidy on fuel, and almost immediately, transport fares exploded and food prices rose astronomically. It used to cost 4,000 naira — about $25 — to fill my petrol tank. Then it cost 10,000 naira. When I stopped to buy okpa, a steam-cooked bean dish, from a street hawker, she said it was no longer 50 naira; it was now 100.
“Why?” I asked.
The day started with a broadcast by President Jonathan announcing a reduction in gasoline price from N141 to N97 per litre. In the broadcast, as reported by Vanguard below, the president announced that said the price was reduced to pacify angry Nigerians.