It’s easy not to notice a negative. A house burns down on your block and it’s all you can talk about. But a house doesn’t burn down? Where’s the news?
Still, absence can be the stuff of headlines, and that fact has rarely been truer than it is in Nigeria today
There was palpable tension yesterday in the nine states of the Niger Delta region following the decision of the foremost ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo known along the creeks and waterways of the region as Tompolo to summon ex-militant generals to a meeting in Bayelsa State under the Movement for the Enmancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
President Muhammadu Buhari announced this in Washington DC, United States, Wednesday.
Mr. Buhari is currently in the U.S. on a four-day official visit where he has discussed bilateral issues with President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials.
Mr. Obama spoke when he received Mr. Buhari at the White House where both leaders held extensive bilateral talks.
Mr Emeka Ezinteje, the Public Relations Officer of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg that the body had received the report of the incident.
The commercial city of Anambra State was Saturday literarily shutdown by protesters following the report that the Federal Government was planning to transfer Boko Haram detainees to prisons in the state.
Traders in the state as early as 9am shut their shops in major cities of Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, Ekwulobia and Agulu, to kick against the purported plan.
Reactions have continued to trail the recent judgment by the US Supreme Court, which provides same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry, thereby handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement.
The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages.