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The Dictator, Welcome/Jambo/E kaa bo and Jumbo Jets for Jesus!

The Dictator, Welcome/Jambo/E kaa bo and Jumbo Jets for Jesus!
By TheBrief • Issue #35 • View online
Welcome to this week’s episode of The Brief where we bring you news from across Nigeria and Africa!
Quote of the Week:
Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them far apart.
- Confucius

What's The Palava? (What's Going On In Nigeria?)
All Africans Welcome!
According to President Bubu, all Africans are welcome to Nigeria visa free from next month! It’s about to be one big block party.
To my African brothers and sisters: Welcome, Jambo, Bienvenue and E kaa bo.
Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria is committed to supporting the free movement of Africans within Africa. Yesterday at the Aswan Forum in Egypt I announced that, in January 2020, we will commence issuance of visas at the point of entry into Nigeria, to all persons holding passports of African countries.
El Presidente announced this while attending a peace and development summit in Egypt. However, as with many initiatives which this administration has announced, it was very light in detail. The off-the-cuff announcement gives the impression that there will be teething problems come January, however this is a positive development and the hope is other African countries reciprocate.
The current visa requirements for Africans to visit other countries on our own continent (as seen below) is atrocious. Anything that can change the status quo, in a well thought through manner, is appreciated.
Abysmal rates
Abysmal rates
N.B. Dear reader, you are probably thinking much like we are “Wait, but the Nigerian land borders are still closed to trade. How is this all going to work?” We look forward to seeing how it all unfolds.
The Head of Immigration for Nigeria also had a few things to say. Here.
No One Wins When The Family Feuds
The wife of Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari accused presidential spokesman Garba Shehu of being disloyal in a strongly worded statement.
The Dictator (not Sacha Baron-Cohen)
The Punch, one of Nigeria’s most famous and influential national newspapers has announced that it will now refer to President Muhammadu Buhari as a “military dictator” and address him by his rank Major General.
According to the Punch, the administration is a dictatorship because of its alleged human rights violations and disregard for democratic institutions.
In the editorial which the Punch published, the newspaper went on to say “until he and his repressive regime purge themselves of their martial tendency therefore, PUNCH will not be a party to falsely adorning it with a democratic robe, hence our decision to label it for what it is – an autocratic military-style regime run by Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd)”.
The paper also cites the arrest and detention of Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore and Muslim cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky and the authorities’ “disregard” of court orders granting the release of detainees held by the country’s security forces for its decision.
How did the President’s media team react to the news? Did they begin emergency Public Relations handling? No. His head of media instead said:
Femi Adesina
If you decide to call him Major General, he wasn’t dashed the rank, he earned it. So, you are not completely out of order. The fact that you can do so is even another testimony to press freedom in Nigeria.
Sensational scenes Jeff.
What's Going On Across Africa?
How’s Business? BOOMIN’
Springfield E&P of Ghana said on Wednesday that it had discovered 1.5 billion barrels of oil and 0.7 trillion cubic feet of gas off the West African country’s Atlantic coast.
Let’s hope Ghana does not follow the path of its bigger cousin Nigeria.
Link-up East Africa Style!
Tanzania signed an agreement to link its new railway line to Burundi and the DRC, while a similar deal with Rwanda is said to be in its final stages.
The infrastructure deals will have a major impact on the political and economic development of the region with opportunities for grater trade and interaction. The deal also provides an alternative from Kenya for all landlocked countries in East Africa.
The transport ministers of the three countries signed the deal in Kigoma, Tanzania, on 3 December.
Debt Burden Gets Heavier for Uganda
Uganda will spend as much as a fifth of government revenue on interest payments in this financial year and the International Monetary Fund warned this could reduce expenditure on human capital and infrastructure projects.
What in the world??
(our segment where we highlight the most outrageous story we have come across while scraping the web for news articles for you).
We have taken to using what we call the Ehn scale. The longer the Ehn the more incredulous. For example, President Buhari is not Nigeria’s most prolific travel blogger: Ehnnnnn? Got it?
Jumbo Jets for Jesus!
The below is a Twitter thread outlining the various private jets several Nigerian pastors use “to spread the gospel”.
Disambiguate This (Dèjì Akọ́mọláfẹ́)
According to, the following is a partial listing of Private Jets owned by Nigerian "Men of God" (I used some stock images for visual clarity).
Wonder-what? Wonderful
Rating: Ehn (unfortunately pretty standard in Nigeria)
Editor's Corner
As we move towards 2020 full steam ahead, my friends and I had a Christmas dinner as I am sure you are all doing during this festive season. At the end of the dinner, we each begun to outline our goals for 2020.
A thought struck me when we were done, your actions are your real priorities.
Our wants are infinite and our resources finite so the wants which we choose to satisfy are our real priorities and therefore who we truly are. In the same manner, we can talk and postulate, but what we actually choose to do is what defines us.
So I leave you with this quote: “Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin

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