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Nigeria to break apart? Fulani herdsmen Southwest 'invasion' fuels tension

Nigeria News Update
Issue #7 • View online
Dear MyNigeria reader,
The peace and stability of Nigeria have been brought to a test again in light of the recent controversies involving Fulani herdsmen in some states in the Southwest.
Since the turn of the year, civil unrest & breakaway rumors were sparked after several crimes were alleged to have been perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen against indigenes of the SouthWest. Despite several calls for military assistance, many have equated President Buhari’s silence as a stamp of approval.
To some good news. On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, the Federal Government announced that about 24.3 million poor Nigerians would get N5,000 each for a period of six months. Prior to that, the Federal Government had already distributed N20,000 to about 247 female cattle breeders in Kebbi State under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) through the Special Cash Grant for Rural Women.
U.S. President Joe Biden issued his first executive orders after his inauguration. One of which was reversing a Donald Trump-administration travel ban on 13 countries which were mainly Muslim and African nations. This basically means that Nigerians can go to the United States when they so wish.
The second wave of the coronavirus is proving more deadly than the first. So far, 122,000 Nigerians have been affected by the virus, while, 1,504 have died.
With the coronavirus vaccine expected in the country in February rather than the end of January, the Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said health workers, top government officials, and vulnerable people will be given top priority.
Our best wishes for a positive week ahead. Please send any comments, suggestions, criticisms, ideas, news, and features to editor@mynigeria.com. Follow us on all social media platforms at @themynigeria for updates throughout the day. You can also download the MyNigeria App from Google Playstore.
Babatunde Adeola N.
Senior Journalist
MyNigeria

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