Nigerians welcomed the Month of March, amidst internal and global turmoil.
The pangs of fuel scarcity in the country, rising inflation, erratic power supply, Russian and Ukraine conflict have proved to be issues of concern. On the other hand, Nigeria continues to excel in its entertainment industry while the collective fingers of its citizens are crossed in anticipation of its qualifying games against Ghana.
Here are events expected to shape the Country in the Month of March.
Russia / Ukraine Conflict:
Tensions continue to escalate between Russia and Ukraine. Sights and sounds from Ukraine suggest that while several parts of the Country have been overtaken by Russian forces, the country has continued to impressively mount a strong defense of its capital city Kyiv. For the Russians, strong sanctions from the European Union and the USA have begun to cripple their economy and commonwealth.
Nigerians in the area have begun to migrate to safer parts of Ukraine or the Nigerian embassy in Poland. The Nigerian Government has indicated plans to begin the evacuation of about 2,000 Nigerians who have fled the war in Ukraine to neighboring countries from the second of March.
Despite repeated assurances from the Federal Government on the near end of Fuel scarcity in the Nation, the situation seems to be increasingly worse for Nigerians who have had to get the scarce commodity for exorbitant prices after standing in queues for hours. Nigerian motorists have also experienced increased transport rates and extended traffic jams caused by scarcity.
The situation is expected to subsist for a major part of March.
The entertainment sector seems to be the only shining light in the country. After a very successful 2021, the music industry refuses to take its feet off the pedal.
On the 5th of March, Nigerian-born global superstar Davido is expected to headline his third show at the O2 Arena.
After his successful collaborations with Burna Boy and Wizkid, global music Icon, Justin Bieber will give Omah Lay the international shine, when their collaborative track, Attention drops on Friday, 4th of March. Not to be outdone, Fireboy DML is expected to feature on Madonna’s Frozen remix, sometime this month.
Following an early exit from the African Cup of Nations early this year, the Super Eagles of Nigeria aims to bounce back against the Black Stars of Ghana, who had an equally disappointing outing at AFCON. The two-legged tie scheduled for the 25th and 29th of March means a lot for Nigerians. In addition to the bragging rights, it would give over its West African sibling, the results of the march will serve as a reflection of Nigeria’s place as a continental giant in football.
Despite the palpable displeasure expressed by Nigerian students, the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have embarked on what is now seemingly a yearly strike. Meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government seem to be deadlocked. It is expected that the strike will subsist for the major part of the month.