Here’s a roundup of the major news stories from February 4 to February 10, 2024:
Grammy Disappointment: Despite high hopes, Nigerian artists left the 66th Annual Grammy Awards empty-handed. South Africa’s Tyla clinched the inaugural Grammy for Best African Music Performance. However, Nigerians found solace in the upcoming AFCON match against South Africa.
AFCON Drama: The Super Eagles faced off against South Africa in a tense semi-final match. After a thrilling game and penalty shootout, Nigeria emerged victorious, avenging the Grammy loss. Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali stole the spotlight with crucial saves, earning him the Man of the Match title.
AFCON Tragedy: Amid celebrations, tragedy struck as reports emerged of five deaths following the AFCON victory. Concerns were raised about managing emotional stress during such events, especially for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
Food Price Protests: Protests erupted across Nigeria over skyrocketing food prices and poor living conditions. President Bola Tinubu returned from Paris to address the crisis, initiating measures to increase food supply and stabilize prices.
Alcohol Ban Backlash: The ban on alcoholic beverages in sachets and small bottles sparked protests among civil society groups and industry workers. The House of Representatives ordered an investigation into the ban’s implications.
State Allocations: Despite a 19.5% increase in allocations to states and local governments, criticisms mounted against governors for failing to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal and address infrastructure challenges.
As Nigerians grapple with economic hardships and societal concerns, calls for government intervention and accountability resonate across the nation.