Nigeria’s rebranding campaign got a major setback on when the country was ranked 15th among most failed nations in the world.
“Fund For Peace”, a United States-based think-tank and independent research organisation, made this known when it released its 2009 failed state index.
The country’s position was out of a total of 177 countries that were surveyed for 2009.
By this current assessement, Nigeria moved three steps backward from its 18th and 17th position in 2008 and 2007 respectively, implying that the country’s status is deteriorating.
Certainly, Ghana, a neighbouring West African country, rose again in the country of nations, when it was ranked as the best state in Africa.
Ghana was ranked 124 of the 177 states, having been described as a moderate state.
Also ranked among the overall best five states were Norway (177), Finland (176), Sweden (175, Switzerland (174) and Ireland (173), while USA and United Kingdom were ranked as 159 and 161 respectively.
Meanwhile, Somalia, another African nation, retained its earlier position as the most failed state.
Organisers of the survey explained that a state would be said to have failed when it could no longer perform its basics security and development functions as is seemingly the case in Nigeria today.
It would be recalled that at the launch of the rebranding campaign few months ago, critics of the exercise argued that spearheading a rebranding exercise when Nigeria was witnessing a rising spate of corruption, insecurity and infrastructural decay in nearly all spheres amounted to putting the cart before the horse.
Moreso, is the fact that the description of Nigeria as a failed state, according to pundits, is hinged on the decay and prevalent corruption in the system.
This, they say, was what strengthened United States President Barrack Obama’s decision to visit Ghana at the expense of Nigeria, and also made the US first citizen to frown at persistent electoral processes ravaging Africa, among which is Nigeria’s.
The country’s 2007 general election was adjudged as one of the worst in global history.
Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov
Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.
LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN
Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.
Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities
The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.
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