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May 21, 2013
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The West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) has called for an international probe into the recent murders of two journalists in Nigeria, one of whom was a correspondent of WADR in Kano, northern Nigeria.
By Frank Sainworla,Jr/WADR News
The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has raised serious concerns about the increasing state of insecurity prevailing in the country.
In an interview with WADR, the NUJ President, Mohamed Garba described the situation as “very serious”.
The deployment of soldiers on the streets of Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos has annoyed not only residents but the Governor of the State, who had called on the Federal government to withdraw the troops.
A Senegalese national has been appointed as the new World Bank Vice President for Africa, replacing Nigerian Obiageli Oby Ezekwesili.
A World Bank press release received by WADR says, Makhtar Diop succeeds Ezekwesili who will return to Nigeria in early May, after serving as the region's Vice President since 2007.
Nigerian labour unions have announced an end to street protest over the fuel subsidy removal, but the week-old strike continues.
Talks are due to resume today, Saturday between Nigeria’s labour unions and the government, with reports that the government has offered to restore half of the fuel subsidy but the unions are demanding the entire subsidy be restored.
Hopes appear to be in sight for some sort of early resolution of the fuel subsidy crisis, with Nigerian trade unions announcing Friday, that they have suspended protests against the fuel subsidy removal for two days.
In Ghana, there are indications that the truck load of arms seized this week may have been destined for Nigeria.
Initially, two men were arrested but the Ghanaian police say five are now being investigated, both Ghanaians and Nigerians.
“The issue has gone beyond fuel subsidy…Nigerians want to know the state of their economy.” This is the response a protesting resident of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja gave WADR when asked why he had joined the street protest.
The first day of the national strike called by Nigeria’s labour union movement has caused huge loss in revenues to the government, with the action entering its second day today, Tuesday.
Tensions are said to be high in some cities, as protests continues while the national strike against the removal of fuel subsidy, as officials said on Monday that over 144 billion Naira or tens of million US dollars was lost in revenues on the first day of the strike action.