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On Monday night, President Buhari delivered an impassioned broadcast that attempted to appease Nigerians’ anger over the petrol removal subsidies while undermining support for the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.
KPMG predicts that Nigeria’s unemployment rate in 2023 may reach 40 percent due to limited private sector investment and slow economic growth, according to their International Global Economic Outlook Report – H1 2023. Additionally, Nigerian employers are not creating enough jobs to absorb new entrants into their labor market.
The National Bureau of Statistics’ new figures on employment are calculated based on a revised methodology that meets guidelines set by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Under this method, any person engaged in work for pay or profit – even for one hour each week – counts as employed; analysts have noted this definition may reflect Nigerian practices where many work even for short durations to make ends meet.
The NBS report is a blow to President Buhari and his administration, who have struggled to implement economic policies that reduce poverty and create employment. He wants to lower the unemployment rate, but high inflationary pressure and foreign exchange shortages make it hard for businesses to hire and retain employees; furthermore, farmer-herder conflict hinders agricultural production and labor.
Nigerian police arrested 67 individuals attending a gay wedding celebration, marking one of the most significant mass arrests targeting homosexuality in socially conservative Africa. Suspects were accused of conspiracy and membership in an unlawful society – Homosexual acts are prohibited under Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, which can lead to 14 years imprisonment.
The law prohibits public displays of affection between men of opposite sexes and may also be used to target HIV/AIDS outreach programs targeting LGBT communities. Since Nigeria has one of the highest HIV infection rates worldwide, LGBT-oriented outreach groups such as AVENC are crucial in reaching vulnerable populations and maintaining community cohesion.
Since the passage of SSMPA, many LGBT individuals and advocates have experienced intimidation and violence from members of the public, creating an atmosphere of fear and self-censorship as well as distrust in authorities’ ability to protect them.
Michael from Ibadan reported to Human Rights Watch that he was assaulted and robbed by two different individuals he met through social media, fearful that reporting these attacks to the police might result in arrest under SSMPA. Other individuals have reported being beaten, publicly paraded naked, or harassed because of their sexual orientation.
Northern Nigeria’s violence caused by extremist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) has exposed civilians to mass atrocity crimes like killings, suicide bombings, abductions, torture, rape, forced marriages and forced marriages. Furthermore, this violence has destroyed social infrastructure such as schools, health clinics, and community centers – rendering many civilians at risk of their safety and forcing marriages involuntarily against their will.
This group has gained control of much of northeast Nigeria. It attacks towns and cities with extreme violence, impacting millions living near the Lake Chad Basin in Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. This humanitarian crisis has created widespread displacement from their oppression.
Since 2009, this group has battled to overthrow Nigeria’s secular government and establish an Islamic state. Their homegrown jihadi philosophy advocates strict Sharia law while rejecting Western education and influence; their methods include attacking schools and worship sites with violence.
Since 2015, Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria (AIIS) has increased suicide bombing attacks against soft targets like markets and used girls as detonators of explosive devices. Their increase in violence has drawn international condemnation and offers of assistance; consequently, government military efforts against terrorists have intensified against these terrorists. However, human rights organizations have condemned any indiscriminate use of force by security forces against terrorists.
On Friday, an Islamic mosque filled with hundreds of worshipers collapsed while gathering for Friday prayers in Zaria, northern Nigeria, killing seven and injuring hundreds. Although its cause remains unclear, local emir Ahmed Bamali reported seeing cracks appear in one wall on Thursday; authorities planned on sending civil engineers to inspect it immediately – building failure is common in Africa’s most populous nation due to loose enforcement of regulations and subpar materials often being used during construction projects.
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