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Vol 65 No 6

Published 14th March 2024


Cost-of-living crisis forces government rethink

Armed attacks and kidnappings, combined with food riots and looting, are putting President Tinubu and his inner circle under pressure

The cost-of-living crisis is becoming the most serious political challenge facing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government a year after it was elected. Whether it is maladministration and corruption in the distribution chain, many of the government's social welfare grants aren't getting through to the poorest Nigerians. In the hardest hit northern states, people have resorted to looting food trucks and warehouses. Some militants are threatening to abandon the government's amnesty programme and take up arms.

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