British business newspaper, the Financial Times, has described Nigeria as a country going backwards economically, a country plagued with terrorism, illiteracy, poverty, banditry, and kidnapping. The newspaper says Nigeria risks becoming a failed state if leaders do not take a step to reverse the trend.
The newspaper says the abduction and subsequent rescue of more than 300 school boys in Kankara, Katsina State, revived memories of the abductions of 276 Chibok school girls in Borno State in 2014.
The newspaper says the government’s claim that no ransom was paid to the abductors remains doubtful, especially as the citizens have showed so much scepticism.
Financial times says insecurity is gaining popularity by the day, so much so that, at the time the rescued boys were going home, Nigerian pirates abducted six Ukrainian sailors off the coast.
The editorial says, going by the definition of a failed state, Africa’s most populous country is teetering on the brink.
The newspaper also questioned the claim by the president, that Boko Haram had been technically defeated.
Baby Vaccination Drops In Rwanda Amid Lockdown
Baby vaccination rate is of concern to Rwandan authorities. The Rwanda biomedical center says it expects to vaccinate 360,000 babies every year with their first shot, but the number has dropped in Kigali during the total lockdown.
Some mothers in Kigali city say they cannot miss their babies’ vaccination schedules despite the city currently being in total lockdown.
At a vaccination exercise in Kigali on Monday, not all who were supposed to bring their babies for the vaccination showed up, thinking the medical personnel would not be available because of the lockdown.
The Rwanda biomedical center says the government spends $10 million annually to provide babies with no cost vaccinations.
Tunisian Protesters Marching To Parliament Blocked
Hundreds of Tunisians have taken to the streets in renewed protests. The demonstrations first, in the town of Sbeitla were triggered by reports that an injured young man during last week’s clashes, Haykel Rachdi, had died. The man’s family said he was hit by a tear gas canister.
He had joined nationwide protests to mark the 10th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, which ushered in democracy and triggered the Arab spring uprisings across the region.
Soldiers were deployed to government buildings in the town after protesters tried to storm the police station.
On Tuesday, Tunisian police blocked the path of hundreds of protestors who were trying to reach the parliament building in the capital, Tunis.
It was the latest in a series of demonstrations that have been fueled by frustration at the lack of jobs and spiraling prices.
More than one thousand young protesters had been arrested during the previous protests, and many of the protesters on Tuesday were calling for their release.
Morocco Begins Rolling Out COVID-19 Vaccinations
After Egypt, Morocco is set to become the latest country in Africa to roll out a vaccination programme against COVID-19 giving priority to frontline medical staff.
The country has received two million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and is expected to take delivery of half a million doses from China’s Sinopharm on Wednesday.
Morocco was hit hard last year when it recorded a higher number of cases compared to its neighbours
Tunisia has pushed back its vaccination campaign to April, while Algeria expects to acquire a batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vacc Oxford/AstraZeneca ine by the end of this month.