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Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria – CDS Lucky Irabor
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Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria – CDS Lucky Irabor

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has reacted to the recent military takeover of government in some African countries. Pledging the loyalty of the military leadership to democratic rule in the country during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday January 14, the CDS also commended the efforts of military personnel ahead of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day. Irabor stated that democracy has come to stay in Nigeria and the people are no longer in doubt as to the subordination of the military to civil rule. He said; “Today, I believe that Nigerians are no longer in doubt as to the subordination of the military to civil rule; I believe that no one is in doubt that democracy has come to stay. “I believe that no one is in doubt any longer tha...
Shehu Sani Faults Buhari’s Request To Relocate AFRICOM HQs To Africa
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Shehu Sani Faults Buhari’s Request To Relocate AFRICOM HQs To Africa

Over Six decades since Independence, African countries should purposefully work together to confront & address their security challenges,while honorably seeking foreign technical assistance. The call for the US to relocate its @USAfricaCommand HQ to Africa is unconscionable. Once the US relocates their HQ to Africa, Russia, China, Iran, Saudia, Israel and co would follow suit with establishing their Commands HQs, and then Africa will be militarily Balkanized; then we either become like Korea or like Syria. The President call for World powers military HQ on African Soil is an open invitation for recolonization of Africa. Its easier to tell and get them to come and when they come,it’s impossible to tell and get them to go out. Senator Shehu Sani
Nigerians denied visa on or after Jan 20, 2020, due to Trump ban can reapply for free — US
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Nigerians denied visa on or after Jan 20, 2020, due to Trump ban can reapply for free — US

The US State Department has said most US visa applicants, who were denied because of former President Donald Trump's travel ban on 13 mostly Muslim-majority and African countries, can seek new decisions or submit new applications. President Joe Biden overturned Trump's travel ban on his first day in office, Jan 20. On Monday, March 8, the US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said applicants who were refused visas before Jan. 20, 2020, must submit new applications and pay a new application fee. Those who were denied on or after Jan. 20, 2020, may seek reconsideration without re-submitting their applications and do not have to pay additional fees, Price said in a Reuters report.
Ganduje Calls On FG To Ban Entry Of Herdsmen From Other African Countries
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Ganduje Calls On FG To Ban Entry Of Herdsmen From Other African Countries

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the movement of herdsmen from other African countries into Nigeria. This, according to him would help to curb the rate of crime attached to the Fulani-herders conflicts across the country. He made the call on Saturday during the commissioning of 25 housing units of RUGA settlement project at Dansoshiya forest, in Kiru local government of the state. “This is the first batch of the housing units of 25 out of 200 units earmarked for construction,” the governor said. According to him, the call was necessary in order to “successfully and effectively prevent the coming of herdsmen from other African countries, because they come to this country with guns and other weapons. Which flame th...
COVID-19: Jack Ma Sends 2nd Batch Of Medical Supplies To Nigeria, Others
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COVID-19: Jack Ma Sends 2nd Batch Of Medical Supplies To Nigeria, Others

Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma, has confirmed that his second donation to 54 African countries have been dispatched to help the continent with its fight against COVID-19. The medical supplies would soon arrive Ethiopia, the headquarters of African Union, for onward distribution to countries. Jack Ma disclosed the information via his Twitter page on Monday. According to him, the second consignment includes 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 200,000 thermometers, one million swabs and extraction kits and 500,000 gloves. A few weeks ago, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation donated similar medical supplies to Africa. Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, confirmed receipt of the first dispatch a few weeks ago.
COVID-19: Jack Ma Donates 500000 Test Kits, 300 Ventilators To African Countries
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COVID-19: Jack Ma Donates 500000 Test Kits, 300 Ventilators To African Countries

Nigeria and fifty-three other African countries would receive 500,000 coronavirus test kits and 300 ventilators donated by Ali Baba Foundation to African Union Member States, The PUNCH reports. Also donated to fight the pandemic in Africa were 4.6m masks, 200,000 clothing sets, 200,000 face shields, 2,000 thermal guns, 100 body temperature scanners and 500,000 pairs of gloves. Interestingly, while South Africa had conducted 114,711 COVID-19 tests, Ghana 60,916 tests, Egypt 55,000 tests, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, had only conducted 7,153 tests. The Founder of Ali Baba Group, Jack Ma, who made this revelation on Monday, said the donation was the third batch to Africa and it would be dispatched immediately to the African Centres for Disease Control for further d...
African Countries Need To Quickly Ask For Debt Relief Over Coronavirus – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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African Countries Need To Quickly Ask For Debt Relief Over Coronavirus – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has advised Nigeria and other African countries to quickly pressure the G7 and G20 for debt-relief in order to deal with the economic and health issues arising from the novel Coronavirus. The economic expert who played a huge role in getting Nigeria an $18 billion debt-relief as minister of finance, stated a debt relief will aid in getting resources to tackle the spread of Coronavirus. Okonjo-Iweala averred that the money owed by some African countries can be channeled towards dealing with Coronavirus. She told BBC; “You know we have several sources, you’ve got the African Development Bank, which has just floated a social bond for $3 billion that will be available to the countries on the continent,” she said. “You have the ...
President Buhari announces complete visa exemption for all Africans arriving Nigeria
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President Buhari announces complete visa exemption for all Africans arriving Nigeria

President Buhari today December 11th, announced that Nigeria will commence issuance of visa on arrival for all persons holding passports of African countries. According to presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, President Buhari made this known when he spoke at the opening session of ASWAN forum currently holding in Egypt. According to PresideNt Buhari, the Visa on Arrival will take effect from 2020.
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Corruption increasing in Nigeria than other African countries – Jega

The former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has advised African countries to restrategize their approaches in fighting corruption. Jega gave the advise while reviewing a book titled: “Curbing Electoral Spending” launched by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission on Monday in Abuja. The launch was to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day organized by the commission in collaboration with Nigeria Shippers Council, Maritime, and Transport Stakeholders. “Here in Nigeria, where corruption is in the increase compared to other African countries, we need to take the fight seriously. “It is a day for sober reflection for us and for reviewing our experiences and restrategize to find better ways and means of improving the succ...
Putin Wrote Off $20 Billion Debt Owed By African Nations
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Putin Wrote Off $20 Billion Debt Owed By African Nations

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has written off $20 billion of accumulated debt owed by African countries during the Soviet era. Putin said this during the Russia-Africa forum in Sochi. He added that the funds from those debts were being used to set up special programmes to support Africa’s economic development. “Russia had recently written off $20 billion of debt owed by African countries,” Putin said, adding, “funds from those debts were being used to set up special programmes to support Africa’s economic development.” “It was not only an act of generosity but also a manifestation of pragmatism because many of the African states were not able to pay interest on these loans,” he said. The Russian president also said Africa was attractive to Russian businesses as many...
Border Closure: Producers Of Alomo Bitters Loses Millions Of Dollars
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Border Closure: Producers Of Alomo Bitters Loses Millions Of Dollars

The Ghanaian Alomo Bitters Manufactured by Kasapreko Company limited through its Head of International Business Development Mr Francis Adzah told joybusiness a Ghanaian news platform how the federal government of Nigeria border closure action have halted its businesses as Nigeria is the Company's largest market. He went further to say that more than a total of $2m has been lost since the border closure. Remember how the president Buhari's administration had closed the borders in August, against neighbouring African countries with the claim of checkmating the illegal activities which have to do with Smuggling of weapons, drugs and the huge lost of revenue from import and export tariffs through the activities of smuggling of food items into the country through the various borders most...
UK Receives £90bn Stolen Funds From Nigeria, African Countries Yearly
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UK Receives £90bn Stolen Funds From Nigeria, African Countries Yearly

The United Kingdom (UK) receives about £90 billion illicit funds from Nigeria, Africa and countries in third world every year, according to report by Christian Erikson and Lionel Faull, anti-corruption advocates. The advocates disclosed this in a joint paper tagged, ‘Obtaining Property Information Overseas’ presented at the anti-corruption training organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (Heda Resource Centre) in collaboration with The Corner House; MacArthur Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). They said most of the stolen funds are from the third world, including Nigeria. According to them, 87,000 illicit assets in the UK are owned by anonymous companies in tax havens, while the values of secretly owned properties in the UK ar...
All African countries are corrupt – Osinbajo
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All African countries are corrupt – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that all African countries are corrupt and only few countries in the world can boast of not being corrupt. Yemi Osinbajo who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Rule of Law, Office of the Vice President, Fatima Waziri-Azi at the launch of the FLAG’IT App said that corruption and illicit financial flows out of Africa has led to poverty and lack of development witnessed across the continent. “The 2019 Global Corruption Barometer on African citizens’ views and experiences of corruption highlights that while most of the people surveyed in 35 countries felt that corruption had increased in their country, a majority equally felt that they, as citizens, could make a difference in the fight against corruption. “Only a few coun...
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey To Visit Nigeria, Other African Countries In November
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Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey To Visit Nigeria, Other African Countries In November

Founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, has revealed that he will be visiting Nigeria and three other African countries in November. Dorsey announced this in a post shared on Twitter, where he stated that he is headed to Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana in the coming month. The Twitter CEO also shared a photos of himself with African entrepreneurs and stated that he will be spending even more time with entrepreneurs when he touches down Africa. Twitter was launched in 2006 and rapidly gained worldwide popularity. In 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day and a year after that it emerged as one of the top-ten most visited websites in the world. It is said that over 90 million Nigerians have access to the internet and a huge percentage are ardent soc...
Xenophobia: Obasanjo Writes South Africa, Reveals What To Do
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Xenophobia: Obasanjo Writes South Africa, Reveals What To Do

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has urged the African countries, whose citizens were affected by xenophobic attacks in South Africa to report to the African Union. Obasanjo also advised the affected countries include Nigeria to take other measures if the first option did not yield the desired results. Obasanjo stated this on Monday in his latest letter written to the founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party, in South Africa, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The former president said he wanted the affected African countries to table appropriate motions at the African Union as a first option and consider other measures if the situation continues unabated. Obasanjo, who described xenophobic attacks on foreigners by South Africans as a great disservice to Africa, called for urgent ...
Xenophobia: SERAP Asks African Countries To Take S.A To Court, Seeks $10b For Victims
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Xenophobia: SERAP Asks African Countries To Take S.A To Court, Seeks $10b For Victims

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Mrs Soyata Maiga, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the commission’s members requesting them: “to urgently submit a case on the escalating xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other African citizens in South Africa to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and to seek an effective remedy and reparation for Nigerian victims.” SERAP said: “these attacks constitute serious violations of the human rights of Nigerians and other African citizens in South Africa.” The organization also urged the commission to “seek in the case to the African Court, punitive damages and adequate compensation of $10 billion (USD) on behalf of hundreds of Nigerian victims and...
Top 30 Countries With The Best Roads In Africa – 2018
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Top 30 Countries With The Best Roads In Africa – 2018

Some countries in Africa have massively improved in all spheres, including in the quality of roads which aids ease of transportation . The World Economic Forum (WEF), rated countries all over the world according to the quality of their roads.But in this post, we would be focusing on Africa. Its pertinent to note that not only does the quality of roads determine how long it takes to get to our destinations, it also determines how frequently maintenance is carried out on cars due to damages caused by poor roads. The WEF rated these countries on a scale of 1.0-7.0, 1.0 being extremely poor and 7.0 extremely good. Let’s take a look at them 1.Namibia -5.10 2.Rwanda -4.70 3.Egypt -4.50 4.Mauritius -4.50 5.Morocco -4.50 6.Seychelles -4.50 7.South Africa -4.30 8.Swaziland -...
South African Students Shut Down Streets In Protest Against Xenophobic Attacks
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South African Students Shut Down Streets In Protest Against Xenophobic Attacks

University of Pretoria students seen marching in protest against Xenophobic Attacks and violence currently going on in South Africa. The students in their numbers, marched against the attacks, called out the government for long lasting solution to the problem tearing African countries apart. Watch Video VIDEO: #Xenophobia -University of Pretoria students seen marching in protest against #XenophobicAttacks and violence currently going on in South Africa. #SayNoToXenophobicAttacks #StopXenophobia pic.twitter.com/sk62szfgEN — Viral Trendz (@TheViralTrendz) September 3, 2019    
Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from other African countries pictured in Mecca for Hajj
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Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from other African countries pictured in Mecca for Hajj

Aisha Buhari and First Ladies from some other African countries were pictured in Mecca as they prepared for the commencement of Hajj.   The First Lady of Nigeria was pictured with the First Ladies of Guinea Conackry, Niger Republic, Gambia and Somalia.     Sharing the photos, Ms. Buhari wrote: "I and the First Ladies of Guinea Conackry, Niger Republic, Gambia and Somalia, as we set to enter Mina for the commencement of the Hajj, I pray to Allah to answer our prayers for peace and rahma in our various countries and the rest of the world, Ameen??."  
Insecurity: I Will Continue To Prioritise Military Training – Buhari
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Insecurity: I Will Continue To Prioritise Military Training – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the Federal Government would continue to give priority to the training of officers and men of the armed forces to effectively tackle security challenges in the country. Buhari made the commitment during the graduation of 207 Students of Senior Course 41 of the Armed Force Command Staff College (AFCSC) in Jaji, Kaduna State. “This is not only because we salute their courage and sacrifice to improve the security of our country but also because the armed forces have continued to be the beacon of unity in the country. “I must again commend the armed forces, who continue to provide prompt responses to the numerous security challenges facing our country. “Your response to Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as the...
The Teams That Have Never Played At The AFCON
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The Teams That Have Never Played At The AFCON

Playing at the highest level of National team football is every professional football player’s dream, a status which the African Cup of Nations and other Continental competitions have, just right behind the FIFA World Cup. For every player born or eligible for an African team, playing at the AFCON is an achievement of the sort. Since the inaugural edition of the competition which saw three teams participate in it, the competition has grown in leaps and bounds with the number of participating teams rising. In 2019, the competition for the first time sees a record number of 24 teams participating and as expected three new countries have registered their names on the attendance sheet for the biggest football fiesta in Africa. Madagascar, Burundi and Mauritania join thirty-nine others...
US Warns Nigeria, African Countries Over Debt Burden
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US Warns Nigeria, African Countries Over Debt Burden

United States of America, USA top Africa diplomat, Tibor Nagy, on Monday warned African countries to be mindful of their debt burden. Nagy, who spoke in Pretoria, South Africa, warned that African countries owing amount they cannot pay back, not to expect being bailed out by western-sponsored debt relief. Nagy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, said “The International Monetary Fund and World Bank began the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative in 1996 to help the world’s poorest countries clear billions of dollars worth of unsustainable debt. “But Africa is facing another potential debt crisis today, with around 40 percent of low-income countries in the region now in debt distress or at high risk of it, according to an IMF report released a yea...
See The Nicknames Of All The 24 Teams Competing At AFCON 2019
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See The Nicknames Of All The 24 Teams Competing At AFCON 2019

YES, the biggest tournament in Africa would kick off tomorrow in Egypt. 24 teams would be participating in this tournament which includes the current champions Cameroon and Countries like Namibia, Mauritania, and Burundi will make their debut this year. Below are nicknames of all the country represented at the tournament. Country                 Nickname Egypt                                     The Pharaohs Madagascar                                       Barea Tunisia                          Eagles of Carthage Senegal                      The Lions of Teranga Morocco                                       Atlas Lions Mauritania                      Lions of Chinguetti Burundi             The Chayfs (The Swallows) Algeria                                The Desert Fo...
Trump Wants To Make US Visas Harder For Nigerians
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Trump Wants To Make US Visas Harder For Nigerians

President Donald Trump's administration is considering new measures to crack down on countries whose citizens have a high rate of overstaying their visas in the United States. Countries whose citizens overstay short-term tourist and business visas are at risk of getting hit with travel restrictions as part of new immigration measures being considered by the administration, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. In its 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security described overstays as those who remain in the U.S. beyond their period of admission and for whom there is no identifiable evidence of a departure, an extension of period of admission, or transition to another immigration status. A high proportion of countries expected to be affe...
Super Eagles Of Nigeria Move Up 4 Places In New FIFA Ranking
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Super Eagles Of Nigeria Move Up 4 Places In New FIFA Ranking

Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved up 4 places in the new FIFA ranking which was released recently. The Super Eagles moved up 4 places to the 42nd position as they were in the 46th position two months ago. With the new FIFA ranking, Senegal (23) and Tunisia (28) are the only African countries above the Super Eagles. Morocco (45) and Congo DR (46) make complete the top five while Ghana (49), Cameroon (54), Egypt (57), Burkina Faso (58) and Mali (65) complete the top 10. Though the Nigerian senior football team recorded a 3-1 win over Seychelles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier and a friendly 1-0 win over Egypt both in Asaba in March, it had little impact in the ranking. Belgium leads the world ranking platform and are closely followed by reigning world champions Fran...
Nigeria Climbs To Third Position In Mobile Malware Attacks In 2018
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Nigeria Climbs To Third Position In Mobile Malware Attacks In 2018

Four African countries made the list in terms of top 10 countries by share of users attacked by mobile malware; Nigeria climbs from fifth place in 2017 to third in 2018. Kaspersky Lab researchers have seen the number of attacks using malicious mobile software nearly double in just a year. In 2018 there were 116.5 million attacks, compared to 66.4 million in 2017, with a significant increase in unique users being affected. Despite more devices being attacked, the number of malware files has decreased; leading researchers to conclude that the quality of mobile malware has become more impactful and precise. These and other findings are unveiled in Kaspersky Lab’s report Mobile malware evolution 2018. As the world becomes more mobile, the role of smartphones in business processes ...
10 African Countries With The Highest Debt To China
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10 African Countries With The Highest Debt To China

Over the years, China has become one of the biggest African trade partners. The Chinese have invested billions of dollars into the African continent in form of debts given to these countries. Below is a list of the top ten African countries with the largest Chinese debt: 1. Angola Angola is the most indebted African country to China. It has an estimated debt of over US$25 billion. Shocking, but that’s the reality at hand. Most of Angolan oil is going towards the repayment of Chinese debts, despite Angola being the second largest producer of oil in Africa. 2. Ethiopia All those Chinese infrastructural development projects in the East African country are coming at a heavy price. Ethiopia has an estimated debt of US$13.5 billion. The debt levels have slowed down some projects due...
World AIDS Day: African Countries With The Highest Number Of HIV/AIDS Patients
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World AIDS Day: African Countries With The Highest Number Of HIV/AIDS Patients

The number of people living with the HIV infection in the African continent is 5 times higher than in any other continent. And the African countries below are the ones leading.  1. South Africa - 7.2 Million South Africa has the biggest and most high-profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.2 million people living with HIV in 2017. The country accounts for a third of all new HIV infections in southern Africa. In 2017, there were 270,000 new HIV infections and 110,000 South Africans died from AIDS-related illnesses. But the good news is, South Africa has made huge improvements in getting people to test for HIV in recent years and is now almost meeting the first of the 90-90-90 targets, with 86% of people aware of their status. The country also has the large...
Mauritania Close To First Cup of Nations Appearance
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Mauritania Close To First Cup of Nations Appearance

Mauritania, a largely desert state that have never qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, are among 15 countries who could secure places at the 2019 tournament this weekend. A team guided by French coach Corentin Martins will be assured of a top-two finish in Group I and qualification if they defeat bottom side Botswana in Nouakchott. The Mauritanians, whose squad includes players from local clubs, other African countries, Europe and the Middle East, enjoy several psychological advantages over their opponents. They travelled to the southern Africa nation for the first round of qualifying in June last year and won 1-0 through an Abdallahi Soudani goal. While Mauritania have won three of four games in a group completed by Burkina Faso and Angola, Botswana have lost three, drawn one, an...
Buhari, Liberia’s President, Weah, to Receive Anti-corruption Awards
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Buhari, Liberia’s President, Weah, to Receive Anti-corruption Awards

President Mohammadu Buhari and his Liberian counterpart, President George Weah, will on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, receive an award of excellence on their hard stance and fight against corruption and pro-poor crusade in Africa. Buhari will also declare open the 9th annual conference organised by the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) tagged Minna 2018 with the theme: ‘Good Governance and Security: Panacea for Sustainable Development in Africa’. Buhari is expected to be joined by other eminent Nigerians who will be gracing the occasion to give hope to the Nigerian nation through the dogged fight against corruption and the enthronement of good governance. The Etsu Nupe, Gen. Yahaya Abubakar (rtd), will be the royal father of the day, while the Niger State Governor ...
Tillerson Departs For Africa For Talks With Buhari, Other Leaders
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Tillerson Departs For Africa For Talks With Buhari, Other Leaders

U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has departed for Africa on a weeklong four-country official visit to Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The visit will end March 13. Mr. Tillerson, during the visit, would engage with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries, and the leaders of the three other countries. The trip, his first official visit to Africa, as Secretary of State, would take him first to Ethiopia and then to Djibouti from where he would go to Kenya, and then to Chad, before coming to Nigeria. Speaking at George Mason University, Virginia before his departure, he expressed optimism that there was ample opportunity in Africa – for economic growth, for greater prosperity, and for responding to global challenges through mutually respectful...
US: Nigeria’s 2019 Elections Our Major Priority
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US: Nigeria’s 2019 Elections Our Major Priority

United States says Nigeria’s 2019 general election and a peaceful transition in government remains its major priority. The US Department of State said this during a briefing on the first trip of Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, to Africa. It said the election is its priority in view of the country’s strategic position in the African region. The department expressed hope that African countries currently with democratically elected governments will not have transitions through undemocratic means. “As we look at the 2019 elections, obviously Nigeria, though it’s not this year, that really is a major priority focus, because that’s going to be the third most populous country in the world by 2050,” the state department said. “It has really very complex political issues and et...
Defence Minister, Senator Disagree On Boko Haram Control Of Territory
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Defence Minister, Senator Disagree On Boko Haram Control Of Territory

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, and the Chairman, Senate committee on Defence, Abubakar Kyari on Monday, disagreed on Boko Haram’s actual level of control of territory in Borno State. At Monday’s special town hall meeting on military issues and security that held in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the defence minister said Boko Haram no longer controls any Nigerian territory. Mr. Dan-Ali, a retired brigadier general, had while giving an overview of the progress made by the security agencies in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations, said prior to the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Boko Haram was controlling most of the local government areas of Borno. “Today no local government area or any part of the Nigeria territories is under the control ...
Herdsmen Crisis: Falana Tackles Buhari, Accuses President Of ‘Impunity’
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Herdsmen Crisis: Falana Tackles Buhari, Accuses President Of ‘Impunity’

Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of “impunity” in addressing recent killings by herdsmen in Benue and other states. Mr. Falana said the president was giving the impression of favouring one set of people against another. “I’m now bothered when leaders come out to make statements that give the impression that we either out to cover up serious criminality,” he said. “The government, the security forces know those who are carrying out these our problem. “Since 1914, this is the first time in the history of our country that any group would go around, terrorising citizens with AK-47 rifle and they have not been crushed by the state. “This regime, the Buhari administration, declared a war on insecurity in the country. He prides himself as having succe...
Snoop Dogg Announces Decision To Relocate To Uganda
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Snoop Dogg Announces Decision To Relocate To Uganda

Veteran American rapper Snoop Dogg has decided to relocate to Uganda following racists remarks made by US president Donald Trump. The American president described the African continent as a ‘shithole’ during a meeting with US lawmakers on Thursday January 11th 2017. Donald Trump wanted to know why America would accept immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries rather than places like Norway, whose prime minister he had met the day before and whose population is majority white. The controversial US president made the racist remark when he was being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from African countries, Haiti and El Salvador. Trump’s derogatory remarks sparked uproar across the world. Snoop Dogg is among many people who were totally offended by the Amer...
Nigeria International Remittance Market To Hit The $42 Billion Mark By 2022, Ken Research
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Nigeria International Remittance Market To Hit The $42 Billion Mark By 2022, Ken Research

In Nigeria, international remittance is a critical source of income for the people and has changed their standard of living to a great extent. Remittance inflow from other countries into Nigeria has resulted in development of the country in many ways. Each year, Nigerian migrants working overseas send billions of dollars back home to support their families. Maximum number of Nigerian migrates to developed countries such as the US, the UK, Spain, Italy and other European and African countries. In terms of transaction volume also, maximum remittance is received from the US and the UK followed by other European countries. Nigeria receives about 67.0% of the total remittance received in the Sub-Saharan Africa Region. The growth of the remittance industry in the country has been majorl...
No Apologies Needed!, By Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
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No Apologies Needed!, By Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

When I first read reports of Donald Trump referring to El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries as “shithole countries” and asking why the United States continues to allow immigration from them, I was neither surprised nor felt that he may have misspoken. We are at that point in our public knowledge of this president and his preferences that his being a racial bigot should no longer elicit shock or be explained away as some momentary lapse that has nothing to do with who he is as a person.   What I dreaded instead was what I was sure would follow and has followed: widespread outrage from the usual quarters and the direct victims of his racist outbursts and the predictable demand for apologies, possibly a retraction. As an original national of one of the countries named in this...
Afreximbank Taps Islamic Finance To Support Africa Trade
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Afreximbank Taps Islamic Finance To Support Africa Trade

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has raised around $260 million via three sharia-compliant facilities to support small- and medium-sized businesses in the region, as African markets gradually open to Islamic finance. Cairo-based Afreximbank, which was founded by African governments and other investors in 1993 and focuses on trade finance, obtained a $100 million financing from the Islamic Corp for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD). Afreximbank said it would use the facility to provide sharia-compliant financing to small- and medium-sized enterprises across its member countries. It also signed two financing agreements with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corp (ITFC) worth $100 million and 50 million euros ($59.8 million) to help finance exports among A...
Nigeria Agrees $550 Mln Satellite Deal With China
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Nigeria Agrees $550 Mln Satellite Deal With China

Nigeria has agreed a $550-million deal to buy two Chinese communications satellites and hopes to sign the contract before the end of the month, the communication minister said on Wednesday. Adebayo Shittu said China Exim Bank and the manufacturer, China Great Wall, have agreed to pay for the new satellites after Nigeria renegotiated an earlier deal that had required it to cover 15 percent of the cost. “This is a very big business opportunity ... which is ... why they have agreed that even without our ability to contribute 15 percent they are prepared to pay the entire sum of $550 million for the procurement of the two new satellites for Nigeria,” Shittu told reporters in the capital Abuja. He said the satellite will be launched after a two-year production period starting from when the p...
Ethiopia First Stop As Donald Trump Sends America’s UN Envoy Nikki Haley On Africa Mission
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Ethiopia First Stop As Donald Trump Sends America’s UN Envoy Nikki Haley On Africa Mission

President of the United States, Donald Trump, has dispatched America’s United Nations envoy on an Africa mission. Nikki Haley’s visit which starts today will kick off in Ethiopia, she will be in South Sudan before flying to the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Ethiopia, Haley is expected to hold meetings with government and officials of the African Union (A.U.) Ethiopia is a key ally of the U.S. in the area of anti-terrorism. She is also expected to meet “representatives of UN agencies and programs, Ambassador Haley will meet with men, women, and children on the ground for whom UN operations are there to protect and support,” a statement from the embassy in Addis Ababa stated. In an article for the CNN describing why Trump sent her to Africa, she wrote: “The United States has m...
National Assembly Is Committed To Strengthening Intra-Africa Trade Relations – Senator Saraki
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National Assembly Is Committed To Strengthening Intra-Africa Trade Relations – Senator Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Monday re-echoed the determination of the National Assembly to work towards strengthening trade relations between Nigeria and Ghana as well as other African countries. Saraki made the commitment during a bi-lateral meeting with the Speaker of Ghanaian Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, on the sidelines of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia. The president of the senate lamented that little was done by political leaders to harness the numerous opportunities in the continent, particularly in the area of trade. He assured that the National Assembly would work out modalities to strengthen the relationship between the Nigerian and Ghanaian parliaments for further dialogue on the matter. “When we g...
African Countries Among top 10 Hajj Pilgrim Contributing Nations
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African Countries Among top 10 Hajj Pilgrim Contributing Nations

Muslims from around the world are gathered in Saudi Arabia to undertake the rites of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.The Hajj is on record as the most attended annual gathering, it pools together over two million Muslims who undergo rites in a number of historic and holy sites in the blessed land of Makkah.According to records, the Saudi government operates a quota system for particularly Muslim majority nations. Africa occupies four slots in the top 10 pilgrim contributing countries for this year.According to figures published by Gulf news channel Al Jazeera, Egypt with 108,000 pilgrims was Africa’s largest contingent even though they placed fifth on the list. The top contributor was Indonesia followed by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in that order.Other African countries that made the top 10...
US To Stop Issuing Visas To Citizens From 3 African Countries, Cambodia
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US To Stop Issuing Visas To Citizens From 3 African Countries, Cambodia

The United States plans to stop issuing visas to citizens from four countries that it says aren’t accepting deported citizens. The list includes three African countries — Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone — as well as Cambodia. The U.S. has suspended visas twice before under previous administrations in efforts to push deportations forward. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security notified the Department of State that the four countries are refusing to accept or are unreasonably delaying the acceptance of nationals deemed to be in the United States illegally, a violation of section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Now, the State Department is evaluating how to implement the order. In the past, visa suspensions have targeted diplomats and government officials. ...
Denmark, Nigeria To Tackle Irregular Migration
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Denmark, Nigeria To Tackle Irregular Migration

Danish Development Cooperation Minister Ulla Tornæs, on Wednesday, expressed her country’s determination to assist Nigeria tackle irregular migration from the country to Denmark and Europe. Tornaes stated this while addressing journalists at the end of a close-door meeting between a delegation from Denmark and Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja. Tornaes was accompanied by that country’s Minister for Immigration and Integration, Inger Stojberg, and the Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Torbben Getterman, among others. Tornaes, who said that the delegation was also in Nigeria to strengthen the trade relations between the two countries, assured that more Danish investors would come to invest in Nigeria. Tornae said: “We are here in Nigeria to strengthen the trade r...
Medical Directors Decry Current Situation Of NHIS
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Medical Directors Decry Current Situation Of NHIS

The Guild of Medical Directors has expressed dissatisfaction with the current situation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and called for a speedy resolution of the face off between it and the Federal Ministry of Health. The guild called on government to decisively and speedily intervene to rectify all anomalies hindering the smooth functioning of the scheme in the country. In a communiqué issued after its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, President of the guild, Prof. Femi Dokun-Babalola, noted that the guild has no objection to the current structure of the scheme involving the NHIS, the Health Management Organisations (HMOs), the service providers (hospitals) and the enrollees. He added that there is however a need to fine-tune the relationship between the...
Dalai Lama Cancels Botswana Trip Due To ‘Exhaustion’
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Dalai Lama Cancels Botswana Trip Due To ‘Exhaustion’

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has canceled his planned trip to Botswana next week due to exhaustion. The cancellation follows agitation by China which has warned Botswana against hosting the 82-year-old exiled leader. A statement issued on Friday expressed the Dalai Lama’s apology for the cancellation of the trip to rest per his doctor’s advise. “His Holiness acknowledges that his 82-year-old body must rest. His doctors have advised him to avoid long journeys in the coming weeks,” the statement said adding that he will return to India to recover. The Dalai Lama was scheduled to be in Botswana’s capital Gaborone to attend a human rights conference on August 17 to 19 and then meet President Ian Khama. The announcement of his visit by the Botswana presidency was followed ...
Mauritania To Abolish Senate, Change National Flag
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Mauritania To Abolish Senate, Change National Flag

Mauritania voted in favour of a referendum to abolish the senate and change the national flag. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz on Friday described the senate as “useless and too costly.” He has said the move to abolish the governing body would improve governance by introducing more local forms of lawmaking. But the county’s opposition says the exercise was just a bid by President Mohamed Abdel-Aziz to bolster power and extend his mandate. The referendum won 85 per cent of the vote, the national electoral commission said, though only a little over half of the population voted. The opposition, which boycotted the vote, said the referendum would give Abdel-Aziz too much power over decision-making and pave the way for him to scrap presidential term limits. Opposition aid the vote was marr...

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