This week has been a week from Hell for Nigeria
[The misery piles on as at least 9 people lost their lives in a fuel tanker explosion in Lagos.]
The week started off on a bloody and sad note. On Sunday, June 24, 2018, there was a deadly clash between farmers and herders in Plateau state. The body count was unfortunately high. Initial estimates placed the lives lost at 86. According to international media, the number is above 200.
The violence is the latest from the herdsmen crisis which has escalated within the last year into a serious and complex problem that the Federal Government has found difficult to solve.
The Vice President and President travelled to Plateau later in the week to meet local leaders and sympathize with the lives lost. Despite their attempts, there is a still a general mood scepticism that little or nothing will be done about the herdsmen crisis.
D'banj loses son
On the same day, Nigerian pop superstar D'banj lost his only son, in a swimming pool accident. The 13-month boy who was the apple of his father's eyes, drowned in the indoor swimming pool of his home.
D'banj who is one of Nigeria's most famous singers is also one of the most loved. On social media, thousands of people sent out their condolence messages to him.
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Poverty capital of the world
48 hours after the double dose of bad news on Sunday, the World Poverty Clock announced that Nigeria is now the poverty capital of the world on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
According to its current estimate, around 643,527,400 people all over the world, 8% of the world's population, are currently living in extreme poverty.
Of that figure, an estimated 86,977,400 are currently living in Nigeria, a number that accounts for 44.2% of its current estimated 196 million population.
According to the World Poverty Clock, the poverty in the country is still rising with a negative escape rate of -5.8.
At its current progression, Nigeria is expected to have 119,766,229 people living in extreme poverty by the year 2030.
The Federal Government has responded to the figures by the World Poverty Clock, saying that the figures are outdated. This was the first bruise on Nigeria's international reputation this week.
Super Eagles defeat to Argentina
On the same day, the Super Eaglespainfully left to the 2018 World Cup in Russia by losing to Argentina 21-. The national football team conceded a goal scored by Marcus Rojo in the 86th minute. Football and heartbreaks.
Coming into the World Cup, optimism was sky high based on global attention of our jersey and the individual talent brimming in our squad. Sadly optimism does not yield precious 3 points.
After a mediocre display against Croatia, the Super Eagles flew and demolished the Vikings for Iceland only to lose painfully to Messi and his gang.
It was a sword in the hearts of millions of Nigerians who not only wanted the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2nd round but finally defeat Argentina in a World Cup game.
Nigeria is the 9th most dangerous country for women
24 hours after the Super Eagles exit, a new poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed that Nigeria is the ninth most dangerous country for women.
Nigeria is ranked ninth with human rights groups accusing the country's military of torture, rape and killing civilians during its nine-year fight against Islamic insurgency by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The terrorist group is responsible for the death of over 30,000 people and the displacement of millions, resulting in one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.
Fuel tanker explosion at Berger, Lagos
On Thursday, Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos news was hit with devastating news.
At least 9 people were burnt beyond recognition in a fuel tanker explosion that shook the city to its foundation. In the latest update, 8 people and a minor have died from the explosion.
The tragic incident which took place on Otedola Bridge in Berger area of Lagos shut down the city with insane traffic jams, which once again brought up the issue of the city's poor road networks.
Nigeria is in dire need of some good news, something to cheer us up.
As a Nigerian, we know the country comes with a lot of stress but with back-to-back-to-back-to-back bad news, we need a break from the struggle we live in.