| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
At least five soldiers were killed and another 40 injured when a Boko Haram jihadist rammed an explosives-laden pick-up truck into a military convoy in northeast Nigeria, security sources told AFP on Friday. The bomber, believed to be loyal to factional leader Abu Mus'ab Al-Barnawi, targeted the convoy, which was conducting "clearance operations" between Yobe and Borno states, two military officers said. "At about 1100 hours (1000 GMT) on Thursday, a suicide bomber believed to be a Boko Haram terrorist riding in a van loaded with explosives rammed into a military convoy at Manguzum village," one said. "We lost five soldiers in the incident and more than 40 sustained various degrees
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
Nigerian officials on Thursday sought to allay fears about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari after his absence from the last two cabinet meetings. Buhari's spokesman Garba Shehu said there was "no need for apprehension" that he had missed the meetings but he was only following medical advice. "As eager as he is to be up and about, the president's doctors have advised on his taking things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago," Shehu said in an emailed statement. "Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation," he said, adding that Buhari was still in charge, despite his lack of public appearances. The...
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
A video clip apparently showing the traditional ruler of Lagos snubbing the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people has caused controversy in Nigeria. In the footage, the 73-year-old Oba (king) of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, appears to rebuff the greetings of the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at a public event in the city Tuesday. The ooni, 42, then went quietly to his seat without incident but what appeared to be the oba's dismissive attitude sparked protests online -- and...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/28/17)
School teachers in the Lake Chad region where Boko Haram is waging an insurgency are being trained to identify and respond to security threats to protect children from the Islamist group, the United Nations said on Thursday. Schools are particularly vulnerable to bombings, attacks, and abductions by the insurgents but many lack detailed safety plans, the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) said. Boko Haram, whose name in the Hausa language means "Western Education is Forbidden", has killed more than 600 teachers...
(Agence Ecofin 04/28/17)
Nigeria should get out of recession latest by the end of June. This was declared by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, after a meeting with Senate’s leadership on Tuesday. “We are very much optimistic that by the end of the second quarter very latest third quarter this year, we should be out recession that we are in right now,” said Emefiele. According to the governor who aims through the announcement to reinforce investors’ confidence...
(Agence Ecofin 04/28/17)
Nigeria’ digital economy has the potential to generate $88 billion and create over 3 million new jobs over the next 10 years. This was revealed on April 25 during a meeting in Geneva where ministers from developing nations gathered to draw a policy agenda to bridge the digital gap and provide long-term development solutions. According to the minister of industry, trade and investment, Okechukwu Enelamah who led the Nigerian delegation to Geneva, in order to boost digital economy, the ministry...
(Agence Ecofin 04/28/17)
Press freedom in Nigeria continues on its downward path in Nigeria. This is what reveals the recent World Press Freedom index produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Indeed, the ranking puts the African nation at the 122nd position out of 180 countries graded, while it was 116th in 2016. According to the report, “in Nigeria, it is nearly impossible to cover stories involving politics, terrorism or financial embezzlement”. “Journalists are often threatened, subjected to physical violence, or denied access to...
(Agence Ecofin 04/28/17)
In Nigeria, the parliament’s upper house aims to pass the government’s 2017 budget next week, revealed Senate leader Ahmed Lawan (photo, left) on Thursday. “By next week… we should be able to finish our own work and pass the budget to Mr. President to sign,” Lawan said after a meeting with president Buhari. The leader explained that the parliament should have passed the budget in March and April but could not. Let’s recall that Buhari, in order to get the...
(Voice of America 04/28/17)
A low-cost and widely available drug could save the lives of 1 in 3 mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a new study. Severe bleeding, known as postpartum hemorrhage, or PPH, is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, killing more than 100,000 women every year. Even for mothers who survive, it is a painful and traumatic experience. The world's poorest countries, especially in Africa and India, are the worst hit. Drug from 1960s But...
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan has blamed Barack Obama for his 2015 presidential election defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, alleging the former US president headed a global conspiracy to get rid of him. Jonathan made the allegations in a new book out on Friday called "Against The Run of Play", which documents how he became the first Nigerian incumbent head of state to lose an election. He said Obama and his officials "made it very clear to me by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and were ready to do anything to achieve that purpose".
(Financial Times 04/27/17)
Government looks to revive economy via spending on big infrastructure projects. Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, is seeking approval from lawmakers to borrow nearly $6bn from the Export-Import Bank of China for railway projects, as his government seeks to revive a recession-hit economy through spending on big infrastructure projects. Nigeria’s economy suffered its first contraction in 25 years last year, a sign of its near total dependence on revenues from oil exports. Mr Buhari’s administration hopes capital projects will create jobs...
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Nigeria's president has missed the last two meetings of his cabinet, a senior minister said on Wednesday, in comments likely to fuel fresh speculation about the head of state's health. Muhammadu Buhari, who spent two months on medical leave in London earlier this year, missed the meeting "because he asked that he be allowed to rest", said information minister Lai Mohammed. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who stood in as acting president during 74-year-old Buhari's time in the British capital, chaired the...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/27/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking parliament's approval for a proposal to borrow $5.85 billion from China to modernize its rail network and another $1.075 billion from the World Bank to help rebuild the insurgency-torn northeast. Buhari urged parliament in a letter to approve the railway borrowing because China has a limit on funds available from its China Africa Fund. The president wants to sign loan agreements as soon as China approves the project. "These loans form part of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/27/17)
The government approved a house-to-house search in northern Nigeria to identify those afflicted with meningitis for vaccination and treatment. A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people so far this year, the country’s health minister said, as Africa’s most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections. The government on Wednesday approved a house-to-house search in northern Nigeria to identify those afflicted with meningitis for vaccination and treatment, Isaac Adewole told reporters after a cabinet...
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Nigerian international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will miss the last four games of the season with a knee injury, his Lille coach Franck Passi said on Thursday. Enyeama, his country's most capped player with more than 100 appearances for the Super Eagles, was injured against Rennes on April 15. Passi said Enyeama, 34, would undergo an operation next week to "clean up" the knee. "It will therefore be difficult for him to play again before the end of the season because...
(AfricaNews 04/27/17)
253 Nigerian nationals stranded in Libya have been returned home with the help of the United Nations migration agency International Organisation for Migration (IOM). An Airbus A333-200 airplane with registration number 5A LAT disembarked 140 women, 102 men and 11 children at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday. Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were at the airport to help the returnees go back to their families. “We are giving them some stipends. We need...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/27/17)
The Nigerian navy has arrested 10 suspects after intercepting a vessel carrying stolen crude oil off the coast of the Niger Delta, a senior military official said on Wednesday. The suspects - a Nigerian, two Pakistanis, three Ghanaians, one Indonesian, one Beninois and two Ukrainians - had siphoned about two thousand metric tonnes of crude oil from a loading facility belonging to Shell Petroleum, the official said. "The suspects were caught in the early hours of Tuesday while siphoning crude...
(Premium Times 04/27/17)
Lagos State had a local debt stock of N311.7 billion as at December 31, 2016, according to the Debt Management Office. The state, referred to as the commercial hub of Nigeria, had the highest local debt stock in the country during the period. A document posted on the Website of DMO disclosed that total local debts of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, was N2.958 trillion as at December 31, 2016. Delta followed Lagos with N241.3 billion...
(Bloomberg 04/27/17)
Nigeria detained a vessel with crew members from countries including Pakistan, Indonesia and Ukraine for alleged theft of crude from a facility owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the navy said. The tanker, MT TECNE, was apprehended before dawn on April 25 while loading crude from the Afremo platform operated by Shell’s Nigerian unit, Ibrahim Dewu, a navy spokesman, said Wednesday by phone from the southern city of Warri. “They had siphoned about 2,000 metric tons of crude oil from...
(Bloomberg 04/27/17)
A Nigerian lawmaker said work on passing the overdue 2017 budget stalled after police raided his house last week and took away key papers. The police denied confiscating any budget-related document. “The police truncated work on the 2017 budget by the invasion of my house,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Danjuma Goje told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Abuja. “I don’t know if the police are now working on the budget.” The committee is tasked with making recommendations on President Muhammadu...

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