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Nigeria ranked 103rd Most Hungry country, 6th most miserable country – Cause and Link

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It is an established fact that the 2018 Global Hunger Index (GHI) indicates that the level of hunger and undernutrition worldwide falls into the serious category, at a value of 20.9, down from 29.2 in 2000 but the prevalence of undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality are indicators that have so far emphasize the reductions since 2000.

Out of about 120 counties graded in the list,  predominantly occupying the last 30 are African countries while India and Nigeria share the number 103 in the wold.

In the Forbes magazine of March 28, a ranking titled, Hanke’s Annual Misery Index 2018: The World’s Saddest (And Happiest) Countries was published by an economist from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, US, Steve Hanke.

Steve Hanke ranked Nigeria as the sixth most miserable country in world noting that Misery Index is calculated using economic indices such as unemployment, inflation and the rates banks charge on loans.

If it is true that “a hungry man is an angry man,” then, their could be an established connection between the hunger in the land and the state of misery.

However, reactions have continued to trail the rankings. While some fully agree with the ratings,some are disputing them, noting that the Hunger is particular to a part of the country (North East).

But, leaving out the Insurgency in the North, isn’t the growing level of criminal activities (robberies, kidnapping, ritual killings etc), citizens being executed in foreign land for drug trafficking, some others arrested for stealing in another country, unemployment and obvious unyielding economy in the nation Nigeria enough justification and results of the hunger and misery?

How can a country with low or no life security experience food security?

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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