South Africa Detained Russian Ship Carrying Arms Worth $3.5m To Nigeria
South Africa Detained Russian Ship Carrying Arms Worth $3.5m To Nigeria.
• $3.5m ammunition allegedly found in 20 containers.
• Political analysts issue warning ahead of 2019 elections.
• Opposition, defectors can’t distract me, say Buhari.
Just as 2019 polls draw near in Nigeria, it is no longer fact that the country politicians seem to do anything to win the elections. However, some have taken the part to use all available means to seize power. Outside that, we are also aware the nation is currently under siege by the current government in power, who has severally been accused of taking part of supporting killing herdsmen and using security personnels to intimidate opposition in fight of corruption, and anyone who question is system type of government as tyranny. There are so much assumptions, but not until an accurate investigation is done about these arms, we look forward to bring more update on this.
South Africa yesterday detained a Russian ship laden with weapons and bound for Lagos, Nigeria. The vessel said to have left Madagascar was stopped near Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. “We are aware that she has dangerous cargoes – explosives and weapons – on board,” Olwethu Mdabula, spokeswoman for the Transnet state transport company told AFP, declining to give further details. The discovery of the ship said to have been stacked with “weapons and explosives worth about $3.5m in 20 containers” followed an anonymous tip-off.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed while he spoke with news men said, he did not have any information on the issue, as at press time. The polity, meanwhile, is getting increasingly charged as the 2019 elections approach. The number of parties contesting for space this time around is unprecedented. Analysts have actually warned that having 91 political parties in a developing country like Nigeria is unhelpful to the nation’s democracy and a call to disorder.
He made the assertion in Lagos while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on political developments in the country. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on August 16 issued certificates to 23 newly registered political parties, raising the number of registered parties to 91.
Speaking on the subject of more political parties in the country, The second vice-president of the Nigeria Bar Association, Monday Ubani, said “Even in the U.S., it is not just the Democrats and the Republicans. There are what we call fringe parties. What we need to do in Nigeria is to separate the wheat from the chaff. Let us know parties that have good followership and prescribe minimum or certain criterion to them for recognition.”
“As far as we know, the two major political parties that will make impact in the 2019 general elections remain APC and PDP. All others are appendages. The political parties are too many. I think INEC has an agenda for allowing such. Too many cooks spoil the broth.”
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has said the combined efforts of defectors and their backers in the opposition would not distract his administration from the good work it is doing for the development of Nigeria. According to him, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has a full understanding of the nation’s challenges and is encouraged by the support of Nigerians towards addressing them. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu said the president spoke in Daura, Katsina State, with some APC governors and some members of the national and state assemblies, and commissioners.
“In terms of security, economy and the fight against corruption, we have maintained focus. Even the opposition, with all their resources cannot fault our identification of Nigeria’s priorities and the efforts being made to better them.“We will continue to do what we ought to do in the leadership position God has placed us and we thank the constituents for the support,” he said.