Thursday 21 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/08/17)
Boko Haram jihadists killed eight people in a series of raids on farming communities in northeast Nigeria, civilian militia members and local residents told AFP on Friday. The attacks were carried out by gunmen travelling in pick-up trucks and on motorcycles outside the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, on Wednesday and Thursday. Homes were razed, and food and livestock seized in an apparent reprisal attack against young men joining the civilian militia, which helps the military with security. "They killed eight farmers in the raids and burnt three villages which forced farmers to abandon their farms," said one militia leader, Ibrahim Liman. Some 17 Islamist fighters stormed Mallan village at about 8:00 am (0700 GMT) on Thursday, killing two farmers. Three...
(Daily Post 09/08/17)
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been accused of prolonging the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest and other parts of Borno state through alleged incompetence and badly informed decisions made by top hierarchy of the Air Force. Some Defence personnel and residents of Borno said that the Nigerian Air force has been unable to make meaningful contribution to the counter-terrorism war in spite of the huge funding and other resources made available to it to complement its effort in the North-East. Just yesterday, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said Nigerian Air Force operations against Boko Haram in the North East has gulped over 1.03 million litres of aviation fuel at the cost of...
(Daily Post 09/08/17)
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has expressed his gratitude to the United Kingdom for its interest in rebuilding Nigeria. Atiku was reacting to the UK’s pledge to support Nigeria’s north-east with £200 million to fight insurgency in the region. In a statement titled ‘Celebrating and Appreciating Nigeria’s Oldest Friend’, Atiku described the UK as ”Nigeria’s oldest friend”, adding that both countries had much in common. “I thank the United Kingdom, Nigeria’s oldest friend and ally, for pledging £200 million to rebuild Nigeria, especially the north-east geo political zone from which I hail,” the statement read. “To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, the UK and Nigeria are two countries separated by a common language. Our two nations have too much in common not...
(The Guardian Nigeria 09/08/17)
Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) has provided link with Ghana Internet Exchange Point thereby making it the first of such interconnection in the sub-region, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt. An Internet exchange point (IXP) is a physical infrastructure that allows several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and network operators to exchange traffic between their networks, generally referred to as autonomous systems, by means of mutual peering agreements, which allow traffic to be exchanged at no cost. Reacting to this feat achieved by IXPN, Mohammed Rudman, managing director, IXPN, told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that the link between Nigeria Internet exchange point and Ghana Internet exchange point was achieved last week and that with the interconnection of the two exchanges, internet traffic among the...
(Vanguard 09/08/17)
Nigeria has the potential to achieve 7.0 percent gross domestic product, GDP, growth rate and lift 70 million people above poverty provided there is sufficient access to electricity across the country. Making this observation in Lagos, yesterday, Siemens Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Onyeche Tifase, cited deployment of smart metering technology and sophisticated tracking systems to pinpoint illegal connections, as well as increased collaboration between power sector operators and trusted global suppliers, as factors that will determine the achievement of sufficient access to electricity for all Nigerians. Tifase said: “International studies suggest that Nigeria could potentially achieve over seven per cent annual GDP growth, making it a top-20 economy by 2030 with GDP of more than $1.6 trillion, four times...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/08/17)
At least 1.4 million people uprooted by Boko Haram's insurgency in northeast Nigeria are living in 'cholera hotspots,' prey to an outbreak of the deadly disease which is sweeping through camps for the displaced, the United Nations said on Thursday. An estimated 28 people have died from cholera in the conflict-hit region, while about 837 are suspected to have been infected with the disease, including at least 145 children under the age of five, said the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF). The outbreak was first identified last week in the Muna Garage camp in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, which is the heart of jihadist group Boko Haram's brutal eight-year campaign to carve out an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria...
(Daily Post 09/08/17)
Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah has debunked report that she bought a $1.2m house in England while she was a Minister. Uduah is alleged to have procured the property using someone else’s name. But speaking in Abuja, on Thursday, Oduah said, “Of course, the allegation is not true, it cannot be true.” She said, “It is unfortunate that we have a country where journalists will copy a story without verifying the authenticity of that story. “When you read my statement on it later, then it will be for you to make up your mind. But, categorically it is untrue and it is unfair.” Oduah recalled how she was once accused of purchasing two BMW cars when she was a...
(Premium Times 09/08/17)
A former governor elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party has blamed the party for the current economic woes of Nigeria. Segun Oni, who dumped the PDP for the now ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2014, said this on Thursday. Mr. Oni, who is now the Deputy National Chairman of the APC, said the PDP-led administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan caused what he called horrendous damage to the Nigerian economy. He told journalists on Thursday at the Makurdi airport that the damage was “worse than one can imagine.” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday that Nigeria has exited its worst economic recession in more than two decades, notching...
(The Associated Press 09/08/17)
The United Nations says a cholera outbreak in northern Nigeria has killed at least 23 people and threatens thousands of others displaced by the Boko Haram extremist insurgency. The U.N. humanitarian agency says more than 500 suspected cholera cases have been registered since the first was recorded last month by Nigerian health officials. Most of the cases have been recorded in the Muna Garage displaced persons camp of about 20,000 people on the outskirts of Maiduguri city, the birthplace of Boko Haram's insurgency. Other cases have been identified in similar camps nearby. The cholera outbreak in Borno state worsens the vast humanitarian crisis in Nigeria's northeast as millions remain displaced by Boko Haram and Nigeria's government and aid workers struggle...
(APA 09/08/17)
Nigerian newspapers are agog with the resolution of the impasse between striking lecturers of Nigeria and the savings in Sovereign Wealth Fund. The Leadership newspaper’s headline said that the money in the pool of the country’s sovereign wealth fund stands at $2 billion this September. The Guardian reported that the Federal Government has begun the payment of salary arrears of the striking university teachers. The Sun newspaper said a marathon meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government ended with a new agreement that may lead to the striking varsity teachers calling off their industrial action. It also said that the Niger Delta militants have formally withdrawn the quit notice handed down to northerners and...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(AFP (eng) 09/07/17)
Poverty, marginalisation and bad governance are more important factors in the radicalisation of young Africans than religion, according to a new study published on Thursday. The UN came to the conclusion after interviewing 495 former members of organisations such as Nigeria's Boko Haram, the Shabaab in Somalia, and the Islamic State in Sudan. According to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), 33,300 people were killed in attacks by violent extremists in Africa between 2011 and the start of 2016. Boko Haram alone was responsible for at least 17,000 deaths and the displacement of more than 2.8 million people, triggering a humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region. According to the two-year study, the most likely recruit for jihadists is "a frustrated...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari told members of his party before he was first elected that he would only seek one term, implying he did not intend at that time to run in 2019, the minister of women’s affairs told Reuters on Wednesday. The comments by Aisha Alhassan could heighten uncertainty over whether Buhari plans to contest the next election. Buhari took power in 2015 but has been absent for much of this year due to illness. He is yet to say if he will seek a second term. “In 2014/2015 he said he was going to run for only one time to clean up the mess that the (previous) PDP government did in Nigeria. And I took him for his...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund stood at $2 billion this month with the investment agency seeking further growth through agriculture and the addition of asset management, its chief executive officer said. The government’s contribution stands at $1.5 billion, with the rest including funds owned by the institution and those managed for several government agencies, Uche Orji of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority said in an interview on Wednesday in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. The authority has revamped 11 fertilizer-blending plants so far this year as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiative to boost farming output and reduce the economy’s dependence on oil, which contributes two-thirds of government revenue. Africa’s most populous country of more than 180 million people is also the continent’s...
(APA 09/07/17)
The killing of two commanders and deputies to the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group was one of the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers on Thursday. The Sun newspaper’s front page said the Nigerian Army killed the two commanders Afdu Kawuri and Abubakar Benishek, during a successful military operation in Alafa in Borno State. The newspaper also reported that Nigerians have continued to query the excitement that followed Tuesday’s news of the nation’s exit from its economic recession. The Punch newspaper joined a chain of other newspapers to report the declaration by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Aisha Alhassan that she would support former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s bid for the Presidency against President...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(AFP (eng) 09/06/17)
Nigeria on Tuesday summoned South Africa's envoy over allegations that South African police suffocated a Nigerian national to death while he was in custody. The Nigerian foreign ministry said Kingsley Ikeri, a 27-year-old living in South Africa's eastern Kwazulu-Natal province, had been "suffocated to death by the South African police on the allegation that he was involved in drug trafficking". The ministry "summoned the South African Acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Kenneth Pedro, to protest the extra-judicial killing", it added in a statement. Ikeri, an Ibo from southeast Nigeria, had been living in the South African town of Vryheid. He is reported to have died on August 30. The ministry said Ifeoma Akabogu Chinwuba, Under-Secretary for Regions and International...
(Bloomberg 09/06/17)
Nigeria’s weekly cabinet meeting was canceled for the second time since President Muhammadu Buhari returned on August 19 from a prolonged medical leave in the U.K. There was not enough time to prepare for Wednesday’s reunion because of a two-day public holiday on Sept. 1 and 4 to mark Eid celebrations, the ministry of information said Tuesday evening in an emailed statement. Buhari traveled in May to London where he spent more than three months to treat an undisclosed illness. It was his second medical trip to the U.K. this year. He handed power to his deputy Yemi Osinbajo on both occasions. The 74-year-old leader of Africa’s most populous nation attended last week’s cabinet meeting but the previous one, a...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/06/17)
Nigeria has canceled its weekly cabinet meeting for the second time since President Muhammadu Buhari returned from three months of medical leave in Britain. Information Minister Lai Mohammed said in a statement Wednesday’s meeting would not take place “due to inadequate time to prepare the documents”. Buhari canceled the first cabinet meeting following his return on Aug. 19, raising concerns that the president, criticized for inertia by his opponents, was returning to his former ways, when he worked from home and missed ministerial meetings. But the 74-year-old president, who has been working from home since his return, last week presided over his first cabinet meeting since taking leave for an unspecified ailment. The refusal to disclose details of his illness...
(CNN 09/06/17)
Two of the largest economies in Africa are growing again after recessions. Nigeria's GDP expanded by 0.55% in the second quarter of 2017 year-on-year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, ending five consecutive quarters of contraction. Quarter-on-quarter growth for the same period was 3.23%. The South African economy grew by 2.5% quarter-on quarter for the three months to June 30 after two quarters of decline, according to official statistics. Historic decline Growth in Nigeria marks the end of its worst recession in 25 years. Africa's leading oil producer has been hard hit by falling prices for the commodity, which accounts for the majority of its export revenue. But the oil sector has recovered slightly in the last quarter, with...

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