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Johnson & Johnson To Boost Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout With 400m Doses
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Johnson & Johnson To Boost Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout With 400m Doses

AFRICA’S COVID-19 vaccination programme got a boost as pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, J&J, announced it will supply up to 400 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union. The supplies will help Africa reach its target of vaccinating at least 60 percent of the population, to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The African Vaccine Acquisition Trust Team, AVATT, has already signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson for the delivery of the vaccine doses. The agreement entails that 55 member states of the AU will take delivery, from the beginning of the third quarter of 2021, up to 200 million doses of the vaccine. Additional 180 million doses will be made available in 2022, making it a combined total of up to 400 million doses of ...
Nigeria’s Rail Costs Exceed AU’s Estimates By Over 100%
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Nigeria’s Rail Costs Exceed AU’s Estimates By Over 100%

An investigation has shown that the average cost per kilometer (km) of the newly contracted Kano-Maradi rail line exceeds similar projects under the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), as estimated by the African Union (AU) by, at least, 100 per cent. The Federal Government, recently, announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of the 283.75 Kano-Maradi standard-gauge rail at a contract cost of $1.959 billion. A press release by the Federal Ministry of Transportation said the line would traverse Jigawa and Katsina to get to Maradi in the Niger Republic, raising eyebrows from different parts of the country. A breakdown of the contract sum shows that it will cost the Federal Government approximate...
AU Chair, Ramaphosa, Thanks WTO For Transparent Process. Okonjo-Iweala Reacts
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AU Chair, Ramaphosa, Thanks WTO For Transparent Process. Okonjo-Iweala Reacts

South African President & Chairperson of the African Union 2020, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated members of the World Trade Organisation on the peaceful and transparent process leading to the nomination of its new Director-General, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reacts; Your Excellency @CyrilRamaphosa, your unflinching support and that of @_AfricanUnion for continued progress in @wto DG position is much appreciated. Thank you for your statement. #positivityalltheway
Photos Of Goodluck Jonathan Observing Tanzanian Election
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Photos Of Goodluck Jonathan Observing Tanzanian Election

Shared with Caption... ELECTION DAY IN TANZANIA: The African Union (AU) Expert Election Observer Team which I lead visited some polling stations in Dar es Salaam this morning as voting got underway in Tanzania's general elections. The African Union sees today's polls as yet another opportunity for the good people of the United Republic of Tanzania to deepen democracy and peace in the country. -GEJ
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Erica Has United Africa More Than African Union – Journalist, Dele Momodu Says

Journalist, Dele Momodu, is of the opinion that disqualified BBNaija lockdown housemate, Erica Nlewedim, has united Africa more than the African Union has done in many years. He shared his opinion on his IG page today September 24. ''A toast to AFRICAN UNITY... @ericanlewedim has reunited AFRICA in few weeks more than the AFRICAN UNION in many years...'' his post read   Momodu gave some clarification to his assertion when a follower who is also a fan of Erica inquired how she has united Africa. See their exchange below
No Rules Against Substitution — Nigeria Defends Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO Nomination
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No Rules Against Substitution — Nigeria Defends Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO Nomination

The Nigerian government has fired back at the African Union over its rejection of the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to contest for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation. LIB reported earlier that the AU’s office of legal counsel had rejected the former Minister's nomination of grounds of coming after the November 30 deadline set by the ministerial committee on candidature for member countries to present their candidates. The Nigerian government in a Note Verbale which served as response to AU's stance on the nomination, insisted that they did not violate any law as it was a replacement of a previously presented candidate (Yonov Agah) and not a fresh nomination. It read in part;   "The permanent mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeri...
African Union Disqualifies Okonjo-Iweala from Contesting for World Trade Organisation Director-General
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African Union Disqualifies Okonjo-Iweala from Contesting for World Trade Organisation Director-General

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been disqualified from contesting for the office of the Director General of the World Trade Organisation by the African Union. The disqualification is coming after President Buhari withdrew the nomination of Fedrick Agah and replaced him with Okonjo-Iweala. The office of the legal counsel at the African Union had said that Iweala's nomination was against laid-down rules as the executive council of the union in its 35th ordinary session that was held in Niamey, Niger, asked member countries to present candidates to the AU ministerial committee on candidature by November 30, 2019, to allow it endorse a consensus candidate at its February 2020 ordinary session. In the letter dated June 15 and addressed to the permanent mission of the Republic of Nigeria...
African Union Disqualifies Okonjo-iweala From Vying For WTO Director
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African Union Disqualifies Okonjo-iweala From Vying For WTO Director

The African Union has disqualified Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from vying for the office of the Director General of the World Trade Organisation. In July 2019, the Executive Council of the AU invited member states to present nominations into the office of the DG of the WTO so that the AU would agree on a consensus candidature. Nigeria initially nominated Fedrick Agah while Benin and Egypt fielded Messrs Eloi Laourou and Abdulhameed Mamdouh respectively. On June 4, 2020, Nigeria withdrew the nomination of Fedrick Agah and replaced him with Okonjo-Iweala. However, in a document from the Office of the Legal Counsel of the African Union, Reference Number: BC/OLC/24/5056.20 dated June 15, 2020 and sighted by SaharaReporters, the African Union says the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala viol...
World Trade Organisation Accepts Okonjo-Iweala’s Nomination For DG
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World Trade Organisation Accepts Okonjo-Iweala’s Nomination For DG

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accepted the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as one of the candidates for the office of the director-general of the organisation. “Nigeria, on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020,” the organisation said on its website. When President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) top job, Egypt went on the offensive. Egypt argued that the executive decision of the African Union (AU) which had set a deadline of November 30, 2019 for African countries to nominate candidates had been violated. They claimed Iweala’s nomination was late and s...
Egypt Wants Okonjo-Iweala Disqualified From World Trade Organisation DG Job
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Egypt Wants Okonjo-Iweala Disqualified From World Trade Organisation DG Job

Egypt has requested that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination to contest for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) should not be recognised. It said member states of the African Union (AU) had been required to nominate candidates for the director-general position by November 30, 2019 — over five months ago. MCI had reported on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari approved Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination to contest for the position and withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO. In a letter to the candidature committee on Friday, the permanent mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the AU said the Office of Legal Consent opined that Nigeria’s nomination of a new candidate “is not in conformity with t...
Actress, Rita Dominic Celebrate Africa Day With Beautiful Photo
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Actress, Rita Dominic Celebrate Africa Day With Beautiful Photo

Popular Nollywood actress and movie producer, Rita Dominic has joined many Africans across the world as we mark Africa Day. 25th May, happens to be African Union day and as such many Africans across the world are celebrating in their own style and way. Rita Dominic took to her Instagram page to share a rich African photo of herself as she celebrates today in her own way. She posted the photo with the caption, “Happy. AFRICA. Day! Celebrating the commemoration of the foundation of African unity..❤️ Outfit designed by my dear friend and one of Africa’s leading talent in the fashion and style industry “ See photo below;  
Africa Day 2020: President Buhari Preaches Peace Across The Continent
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Africa Day 2020: President Buhari Preaches Peace Across The Continent

ON AFRICA DAY 2020, PRESIDENT BUHARI SAYS NO DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT PEACE President Muhammadu Buhari has called for peace on the continent as a prerequisite for sustainable development. In a message to African leaders to mark the ''Africa Day 2020,'' commemorated by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), President Buhari said Africa has given the world a new hope by choosing the theme ''Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID-19'' for this year’s Africa Day. He stressed the need for African leaders to ensure that every effort is made to ensure the success of silencing the guns on the continent, emphasizing the need to sensitize Africans about the inseparable connection between peace and development. ''Peace, security, uni...
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...
Colonialism, Imperialism Is Over In Africa – Ramaphosa Says As He Takes Over AU Chairman
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Colonialism, Imperialism Is Over In Africa – Ramaphosa Says As He Takes Over AU Chairman

Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President who has taken over as the new chairman of the African Union, AU as promised to lead a revolution into infrastructure development across Africa, a challenge he said if realised would see an end to all manifestations of colonialism and imperialism on the continent. On Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ramaphosa took over from Egypt’s Abdel Fatah El-Sisi for the one-year tenure, using his acceptance speech to rail against years of neglect that has rendered Africa a minor player in world trade and also a notorious dumping ground for substandard goods. He said; “The era of colonialism and imperialism under which Africa is a pit stop in the global assembly line has passed,” He further expressed high expectations of the recently-adopted African Co...
Jonathan To Lead AU Election Observer Mission To Mozambique
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Jonathan To Lead AU Election Observer Mission To Mozambique

Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has been nominated by the African Union (AU) to lead the continental body’s Election Observation Mission to Mozambique’s scheduled October 15 general elections. In view of this, the former President is billed to leave the country on Friday for Maputo, capital of Mozambique, where he will be overseeing the deployment of the mission’s 40-member team of observers to different parts of the country. He is also scheduled to hold consultations with various stakeholders in the country including government officials, members of the electoral commission, political parties, civil society, media, members of the diplomatic corps, and other international observer groups. In a letter of invitation signed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commissio...
Apartheid May Return To South Africa If AU, Others Don’t Address Xenophobia Now
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Apartheid May Return To South Africa If AU, Others Don’t Address Xenophobia Now

South Africans might experience once again, the pangs of the dreaded Apartheid rule if the South African government and the African Union (AU) fail to address the issue of Xenophobic attacks on foreigners, professionals have warned. They stated that jobs are being taken away from black South Africans by white South Africans who own multinational corporations but employ cheap labour and non-unionised labour brought by other Africans. One of the professionals and Pioneer Chairman of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Albert, argued that black South Africans are made to think it’s the black Africans who are taking away these jobs because white South Africans have demonised black Africans, hence, the attacks. While speaking at the First...
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: Timi Frank Writes South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
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Xenophobia: Timi Frank Writes South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has called on the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to urgently halt attacks against Nigerians and the wanton destruction of their property by rampaging citizens of that country. While demanding an immediate stop to the bloodletting against innocent Nigerians, he called on the South African Government to commence the payment of adequate and commensurate compensation to the victims of the dastardly and unprovoked acts of aggression without delay. “On behalf of Nigerians, we plead with the South African government, its youths and the enire citizens to put a stop to the wanton killing of Nigerians and destruction of their property by irate South A...
Xenophobia: What AU Should Do To South Africa – Atiku Abubakar
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Xenophobia: What AU Should Do To South Africa – Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has called for drastic measures to be taken over Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, called on the African Union, AU, to take urgent steps against Xenophobic attacks and bring an end to bloodletting of Nigerians Atiku on his verified Twitter page wrote: “The attacks and killings has since stirred reactions from well meaning Nigerians calling on government to take drastic measures against South African government. “Reported attacks against Nigerians in South Africa is unacceptable and stands condemned. “Urgent steps need to be taken with the SA authorities and the African Union to bring an end to this ill wind that can only end up destroying the fabric of our A...
Abike Dabiri Seeks AU Intervention In Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians
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Abike Dabiri Seeks AU Intervention In Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians

hairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that the intervention of the African Union (AU) would be key in ending attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. Mrs Dabiri-Erewa said this on Twitter in reaction to the latest attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. She said that although she could not verify most of the videos of the attacks, whatever decisions needed to be taken could only be done at the ministerial level. “Sad, Reports from South Africa attacking foreigners. I can’t verify most of the videos. However, whatever decisions to be taken now can only be at the ministerial level. AU intervention may be crucial. This is not what we should be doing to ourselves as Africans,” she said on Monday. President of t...
AFRIMA Withdraws Hosting Rights From Ghana
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AFRIMA Withdraws Hosting Rights From Ghana

The International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has withdrawn the hosting rights from Ghana for the 2019 and 2020 editions of AFRIMA. AFRIMA cited the lack of capacity by the host country to meet the financial and contractual obligations entered on July 12, 2018, necessary to retain hosting the biggest music event in Africa. The body reached the decision on Monday after several months of meetings and consultations with relevant stakeholders to remedy the situation with the expectation that Ghana would provide concrete assurances and guarantees to discharge its contractual obligations for hosting the 2019 and 2020 editions of AFRIMA after its disappointing performance on the contract during the 2018 edition of the awards held in Accra between November 21 and 24...
Nigeria Accounts For Bulk Of Africa’s $90 Billion Stashed Assets – ICPC
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Nigeria Accounts For Bulk Of Africa’s $90 Billion Stashed Assets – ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said Nigeria accounts for the bulk of Africa’s $90 billion assets stashed abroad yearly. It regretted that the continent never received the same amount in aid from development partners in 12 months.ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owosanoye, at an African Union (AU) event in Bauchi, lamented that the citizens suffer one denial or the other on account of graft. Represented by the ICPC commissioner in the state, Abubakar Dutsinma, he said tax fraud and illicit financial flow investigations were also being conducted by the commission as well as prosecution of corruption and money laundering. He hinted that efforts were geared towards the recovery of stolen wealth for Nigeria’s transformation. The ICPC boss...
AFCFTA: What President Buhari Said As He Formerly Accepts Committee Report
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AFCFTA: What President Buhari Said As He Formerly Accepts Committee Report

President Muhammadu Buhari has formerly accepted the report of the committee to assess impact and readiness for the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, AFCFTA. Buhari said that for AfCFTA to succeed, African nations must develop policies that promote African production, among other benefits. He formerly accepted the report from the committee at the Presidential Villa on Thursday. According to him, “It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to this occasion to receive the report on the impact of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Nigeria’s readiness for it. “It has been over a year now since the African Union Heads of States adopted the Phase I Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at its 10th Extraordinary Summit in Kigali, ...
Africa is Now the World’s Largest Single Continental Market
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Africa is Now the World’s Largest Single Continental Market

Africa as a continent has officially entered into force the single largest free trade market agreement in the world since the formation of the World Trade Organization. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement became a binding international legal instrument on May 30, 2019, and the market would be launched on July 7, 2019, said the African Union in a statement. “Historic milestone! #AfCFTA Agreement has today come into force. We celebrate the triumph of bold, pragmatic & continent-wide commitment 2 economic integration. We launch market on 7 July, 2019 & begin the journey of transformation 2 secure inclusive prosperity,” said the African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Amb. Albert Muchanga. 52 out of the continent’s 55 countries have signed...
Jonathan Calls For Electronic Voting In Nigeria
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Jonathan Calls For Electronic Voting In Nigeria

A former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has advocated that Nigeria must embrace electronic voting to sustain its democratic values. The former President disclosed this on Monday at a Lecture/Book Presentation to mark the Second Term Inauguration of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, in Port Harcourt. Dr. Jonathan said that if democracy must endure, the democratic process must be developed in a way that people will have confidence in the electoral process. He noted that the African Continent must come up with a minimum standard for the establishment of the Election Management Body. Dr. Jonathan said for the purpose of confidence building for credible elections, no single person should have the power to constitute the Election Management Body. He said: “We must...
Corruption: Don’t judge us by conviction figure, says Fed Govt
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Corruption: Don’t judge us by conviction figure, says Fed Govt

IT will be unfair to measure the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration by its achievements in anti-corruption fight by the number of convictions it has secured, the Federal Government said yesterday. Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed, who featured on a live TVC News Programme – “This Morning” monitored in Abuja by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the administration has succeeded in laying the foundation to stamp out corruption. He listed the Single Treasury Account (TSA) and Whistle Blower policy as some of the sustainable policies put in place by the government. According to the minister, with the solid foundation, the fight against corruption will remain the bedrock of the administration in the next four years. He said: “Under this administr...
Comoros awaits results of divisive poll
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Comoros awaits results of divisive poll

Lawyer Mahamoudou Ahamada, the candidate of the Juwa party for the Comoros presidential election, casts his ballot at the polling station in a school of Chomoni on March 24, 2019. – Polls opened on March 24, 2019 in the tiny archipelago of Comoros, with the incumbent President widely expected to win a new term in an election that rivals say has been hijacked. Counting of votes cast in the first round of Comoros’ presidential polls was expected to wind up on Tuesday as tensions mounted between re-election-seeking President Azali Assoumani and his rivals, who accuse him of fraud. Twelve people were injured on Monday when police fired teargas and rubber bullets at opposition candidates and supporters as they marched through the capital Moroni protesting alleged irregularities. ...
Transparency International’s Report Has Exposed Buhari’s Govt As Overtly Corrupt – PDP
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Transparency International’s Report Has Exposed Buhari’s Govt As Overtly Corrupt – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said the latest report by Transparency International (TI) has shown that corruption has worsened under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.   It stressed that the report has vindicated its stand that the current APC-led government is inherently and overtly corrupt.     The party said, by TI’s report, the African Union (AU) must have “realized its error in naming President Buhari as the African Union (AU) anti-corruption champion and should immediately withdraw the conferment”.   PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this in a statement he signed.   Ologbondiyan said the TI report has exposed the fact that those “parading daily as champions of anti-corruption ar...
Robert Mugabe Allies Petition AU, SADC Over Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Legitimacy – Report
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Robert Mugabe Allies Petition AU, SADC Over Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Legitimacy – Report

Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe’s allies, who have since launched a new party, the New Patriotic Front (NPF), have reportedly “formally petitioned” the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) to challenge President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy. According to NewsDay, in a 79 page document, the NPF, through its the lawyer Marius van Niekerk, argued that Mnangagwa came into office through military intervention, and as a result, should not be recognised as the southern African nation’s president. The petition was received by Angola President Joào Lourenco who leads SADC’s organ on politics, defence and security, the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussaka Faki Mahamat, chairperson of SADC President Jacob Zuma, SADC executive secretary St...
Is Obasanjo An Opportunist, Patriot Or Mystic?
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Is Obasanjo An Opportunist, Patriot Or Mystic?

Nigerians who have been waiting with baited expectation for who blinks first between ex president Olusegun Obasanjo, OBJ and incumbent president, Muhamadu Buhari, PMB appear to have a long waiting time. This is because, although the gregarious OBJ has fired salvos of public condemnation against PMB’s governance style and policies, which some have alleged is aimed at heating up the polity, but being Mr Taciturn, PMB has cleverly denied the ex president the opportunity to raise the political temperature by restraining himself from responding to OBJ in kind. Not even a chance meeting during the recently held African Union, AU meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they exchanged pleasantries could steer OBJ away from the collision course that he had intended, ab initio via the public lette...
AU Summit: China Denies Bugging Allegations
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AU Summit: China Denies Bugging Allegations

China and the African Union on Monday dismissed a report in French Media which said that Beijing had bugged the regional bloc’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. An article published Friday in Le Monde, quoting anonymous AU sources, reported that data from computers in the Chinese-built building had been transferred nightly to Chinese servers for five years. After the massive hack was discovered a year ago, the building’s IT system including servers was changed, according to the Media. During a sweep for bugs after the discovery, microphones hidden in desks and the walls were also detected and removed, the newspaper reported. The 200 million dollars headquarters was fully funded and built by China and opened to great fanfare in 2012. It was seen as a symbol of Beijing’s th...
AU Summit: UN Chief Antonio Guterres Urges Stronger AU-UN Cooperation
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AU Summit: UN Chief Antonio Guterres Urges Stronger AU-UN Cooperation

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that with Africa in the lead, AU and UN “can and will do more” to bolster successful cooperation throughout the African continent. Guterres, while addressing African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa for the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly, hailed the partnership between Africa and the UN as “solid and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance”. “I stand here on behalf of the United Nations system and reaffirm our strong commitment to the member states and the people of Africa,” Guterres told the summit, adding: “I strongly believe Africa is one of the greatest forces for good in our world.” The UN chief said that in just his first year in office, the UN had entered a “new era” of partnership with the AU,...
Shrinking Of Lake Chad Basin Responsible For Rise In Terrorism – Buhari
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Shrinking Of Lake Chad Basin Responsible For Rise In Terrorism – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that terrorism financing must be curtailed in order to halt senseless killings by extremists. His spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari spoke Saturday evening at the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The President maintained that “concerted efforts must be made to not only dismantle the network between transnational organised crimes and terrorist organisations, but also to block the payment of ransom to terrorist groups.” Buhari said Nigeria remained committed to supporting counter terrorism efforts within the African Union and the United Nations. He called for resolute and coordinated initiatives by developing an AU data base of persons or groups and entities involved in terroris...
Nigerians Want More Done To Fight Corruption
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Nigerians Want More Done To Fight Corruption

For the first time, corruption has been chosen as a theme at the annual meeting of the African Union. And Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is a keynote speaker. But his critics say - that's ironic, as he should be doing more to fight corruption in his own country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9vSL0K0woQ
Cut Financing, Terrorism Will Be Curb
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Cut Financing, Terrorism Will Be Curb

Garba Shehu, Abuja: President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasised the need to curb the flow of terrorism financing. Speaking at the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, under the theme, “Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Combat the Transnational Threat to Terrorism,” the President said: “The need to curb the flow of terrorism financing cannot be over-emphasised. Concerted efforts must be made to not only dismantle the network between transnational organised crimes and terrorist organisations, but also to block the payment of ransom to terrorist groups.” President Buhari said Nigeria remained committed to supporting counter terrorism efforts within the African Union and the United Nations, while recalling the UN Resolution 1373...
How To End Killings, Terrorism – Buhari
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How To End Killings, Terrorism – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that terrorism financing must be curtailed in order to halt senseless killings by extremists.   His spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari spoke Saturday evening at the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.     The President maintained that “concerted efforts must be made to not only dismantle the network between transnational organised crimes and terrorist organisations, but also to block the payment of ransom to terrorist groups.”   Buhari said Nigeria remained committed to supporting counter terrorism efforts within the African Union and the United Nations.   He called for resolute and coordinated initiatives by developing an AU data base of person...
Buhari To Champion Anti-Corruption Campaign At AU Summit
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Buhari To Champion Anti-Corruption Campaign At AU Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, AU.   A press statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Thursday says the highlight of the president’s engagements during the visit will be his statement under the historic theme for the AU Summit, namely: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”   “This is the first time in the 54-year history of the AU that anti-corruption will be made a theme of the gathering of the regional leaders,” the statement said.   On July 4, 2017 during the 29th Session of the AU, African leaders unanimously endorsed Mr. Buhari to champion the f...
‘Killings Of Nigerians In SA Must Stop’ – Nigerians In Diaspora Warn
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‘Killings Of Nigerians In SA Must Stop’ – Nigerians In Diaspora Warn

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) worldwide has warned against further killings of Nigerians in the Republic of South Africa saying “these killings must stop and with immediate effect”.  NIDO, in a statement by all its continental affiliations – Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa – demanded that the South African Government put a stop to what it termed the ongoing killings of Nigerians in the country.The Nigerian diaspora interest organization reminded South Africa of the sacrifices made by Nigeria to free the country from Apartheid, adding it is following with deep shock and concern, the continued unwarranted killings of Nigerians in the country NIDO reiterated the absolute need for African people on the continent and in the diaspora to stick together and aspire to a greate...
AU Blasts Donald Trump Over Shithole Comment
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AU Blasts Donald Trump Over Shithole Comment

The African Union said on Friday that President Donald Trump’s reported description of African nations as “shithole countries” broke with “accepted behaviour” and was upsetting. Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU Chairperson Moussa Faki, told AFP that Trump’s statement “truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice.” “This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens,” she said.  
President Buhari Tells Illegal Migrants: ‘Stay Back Home To Develop Yourselves’
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President Buhari Tells Illegal Migrants: ‘Stay Back Home To Develop Yourselves’

the Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has urged illegal migrants to stay back home, and find ways to improve their personal economies. Receiving Hon. Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, who came as Special Envoy of President Paul Kagame, at the State House, Abuja, Tuesday, President Buhari said Nigeria had taken it upon herself to bring back thousands of her citizens now stranded in Libya. “Illegal migration is now a major issue in Africa. Many dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea to get into Europe, and many die in the process. Or they get into trouble, as we now see in Libya. I don’t envy our position, as many Blacks claim to be Nigerians, even when they are not. Our Embassies in North Africa are now overworked, trying to identify the true Nigerian...
Libya Slavery: What Buhari Told Illegal Migrants
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Libya Slavery: What Buhari Told Illegal Migrants

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged illegal migrants to stay back home, and find ways to improve their personal economies rather than risk their life at Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea. Buhari stated this when he received Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, who came as Special Envoy of President Paul Kagame, at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.  He said Nigeria had taken it upon herself to bring back thousands of her citizens now stranded in Libya. “Illegal migration is now a major issue in Africa. “Many dare the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea to get into Europe, and many die in the process or they get into trouble, as we now see in Libya. “I don’t envy our position, as many Blacks claim to be Nigerians, even when they are not. Our Embass...
UN Speaks On Nigerian Government’s Trial Of Boko Haram Suspects
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UN Speaks On Nigerian Government’s Trial Of Boko Haram Suspects

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has congratulated the Nigerian government, on conducting trials of Boko Haram suspects. He urged it to ensure due process and transparency by granting access to human rights observers. Guterres stated this in the Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel. He advised the federal government to uphold compliance by its armed forces with national laws and international human rights standards. “I reiterate my call for stronger partnership among the affected countries, as well as with regional organisations, including the African Union, and underscore the need for all counter-insurgency efforts to be carried out in full compliance with international humanitarian, human rights an...
2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases
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2017: Sad Year In Nigeria’s Health Sector; Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases

Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. There were also new policies and the launch of primary health care centres to improve the health sector. During the year, doctors and health workers also embarked on strikes, while many global health reports were released. PREMIUM TIMES compiles some of the major health events that headlined 2017. 1,166 people died of meningitis in six months Between December 2016 and June 23, 2017, a total of 1,166 people died as a result of meningitis outbreak in the country. Children between five to 14 years were most affected accounting for 6,791 cases out of a total 14,513 cases reported in 24 states. Zamfara was the most affected state in terms o...
Former Nigerian President Obasanjo Ends Visit To Angola
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Former Nigerian President Obasanjo Ends Visit To Angola

The former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, last Monday returned to his country after making a private visit of some hours to Angola, where he was received in an audience by the Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço. Olusegun Obasanjo was bid farewell at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, in Luanda, by the secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Téte António, the Nigerian ambassador to Angola, Adesesan Olatunde, and senior staffs of the Nigerial Embassy. The former President of Nigeria discussed with the Angolan President, João Lourenço, aspects related to the reform of the African Union (AU), with a view to contributing to greater efficiency of this continental organisation. At the end of the audience held at the Presidential Palace, Olusegun Obasanjo told the press t...
UN Warns Sudan Over Call To Send Darfur Displaced Home
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UN Warns Sudan Over Call To Send Darfur Displaced Home

The United Nations said on Tuesday that Sudan had to disarm militias in Darfur before those displaced by the conflict could return home, rebutting a push by President Omar al-Bashir to close the camps. Bashir, indicted for genocide and war crimes related to the Darfur conflict, said earlier this month that the crisis in the region had ended and that it was time to shut camps hosting hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs). But in a new report, the UN human rights office and African Union mission in Darfur indicated that Bashir’s call was premature. In a statement, the rights office urged Khartoum “to carry out a prompt and comprehensive disarmament of armed militias to create an enabling and safe environment for internally displaced people to return”. Any mo...
International Pressure Ramps Up Over Liberia Election Delay
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International Pressure Ramps Up Over Liberia Election Delay

The European Union on Tuesday joined an international chorus urging Liberian political parties and its electoral commission to end “unnecessary delays” and elect a new president. A second round of voting to choose a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was suspended indefinitely by the Supreme Court on October 31 pending the resolution of a fraud complaint lodged with the electoral commission. Charles Brumskine, the Liberty Party candidate who came third in the first round of voting on October 10, filed the complaint, but was soon backed by the ruling Unity Party’s candidate, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, who placed second. The European Union delegation to Liberia, in a statement, said it would “encourage all concerned to work constructively and in good faith to conclude t...
Jean Ping Slams Proposed Changes To Gabon Constitution As Autocratic
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Jean Ping Slams Proposed Changes To Gabon Constitution As Autocratic

Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping on Saturday said he would try to scuttle proposed changes to the country’s constitution, describing draft changes as “autocratic” and liable to violate the principle of separation of powers. “We must thwart this constitutional revision,” Ping told a crowd of supporters in an address at his home in capital Libreville. “We need to derail it because it carries the seeds of the Republic’s liquidation and… the establishment of a kingdom in Gabon”. The proposed changes specifically focus on “determining the relationship between the president and the government in case of cohabitation”, “strengthening parliament’s oversight powers” and the creation of a Court of Justice to prosecute senior officials. Adopted in late September by the cabinet and soon t...
UNFPA Urges Fed Govt To Fight High Fertility, Maternal Mortality
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UNFPA Urges Fed Govt To Fight High Fertility, Maternal Mortality

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Monday advised Nigeria to fight high fertility, maternal mortality rate and migration problem to end poverty and boost prosperity in the country. The UNFPA Country Representative, Ms Diene Keita, gave the advice at the 5th Annual Population Lecture Series (APLS) with the theme: “Achieving Demographic Dividend: Strategic Tool for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development’’ in Abuja. Represented by Mr Osaretin Adonri, the Assistant Country Representative of UNFPA in Nigeria, Keita said that if Nigeria wants to tackle poverty, enhance prosperity and promote sustainable growth as envisaged in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, it was of prime necessity to address diverse population issues. She said that problems including high fe...

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