Sunday 24 September 2017
(Voice of America 05/16/13)
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three northern Nigerian states and ordered the immediate deployment of more troops, in response to a surge of violence the president says poses a "very serious threat" to Nigeria's territorial integrity. Radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has been expanding and intensifying its more than three-year-old insurgency, while other criminal and ethnic militias increasingly target security forces. Boko Haram made its name with drive-by shootings and suicide bombings in northern Nigerian cities, and the capital Abuja. Targets were security installations, markets, churches and even the U.N. headquarters in Abuja in August 2011. Recent, high-profile raids against military and police in the far northeastern border towns of Baga and Bama, however,...
(The New York Times 05/16/13)
Struggling to contain a smoldering Islamist insurgency, the president of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has ordered in more troops and granted the military more powers to arrest, more authority to seize “any building or structure” and more leeway in “any area of terrorist operation.” Troops have already begun deploying in the wake of a speech by the president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday night declaring a state of emergency in parts of the country’s north, following weeks of violence in which hundreds were killed, including civilians, police officers and some soldiers. Yet few in Nigeria appeared to be cheering Mr. Jonathan’s heightened resolve. Almost four years into an uprising that has cost nearly 4,000 lives, an amplified version of the...
(The Associated Press 05/16/13)
Nigeria rumbled to a war footing Wednesday as soldiers and equipment moved into its northeastern states as part of an emergency military campaign against Islamic extremists waging a bloody insurgency. In the last two days, Associated Press journalists and witnesses have seen armored tanks and soldiers moving through major roads and cities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. Those states, crossing an arid region of some 155,000 square kilometers (60,000 square miles), are now under a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday night. The presidential order allows the military to arrest anyone at will and raid any building suspected of housing extremists. Residents of the northeastern region greeted the new military campaign with faded hope and suspicion...
(The Will Nigeria 05/16/13)
(THEWILL) – As reactions continue to trail Tuesday’s declaration of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States by President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State on Wednesday said he has no problems with the decision, maintaining that no responsible leader will do anything less. In a broadcast to the people of the state, Shettima however called on the military to stick by the instructions of the president by preserving the lives and property of the innocent Nigerians living in Borno. "Fellow citizens, as you may be aware, the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has in exercise of his constitutional powers, declared a State of...
(National Mirror Online 05/16/13)
The National Assembly has faulted Federal Government’s deep sea projects located in Ibarka, Akwa Ibom State and Lekki in Lagos State under a Public Private Partnership initiative, saying the projects might not address the challenges faced by stakeholders in the old port order. The two deep seaports, which are part of measures to realise Nigeria’s dream of achieving a hub port status for West and Central Africa through the reduction of cost and other encumbrances are being superintended by the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Nigerian Ports Authority on behalf of the Federal Government. A top member of the nation’s legislative arm, who spoke in an exclusive interview at the just concluded Offshore Technology Conference, which held in Houston...
(The Nigerian Voice 05/16/13)
As the political calculations for the next general election begin, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade AbdulWaheed Omar, has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan has every right to seek re-election in 2015. Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Omar said he didn't see anything wrong in Jonathan contesting for re-election. "It is now up to Nigerians, the electorate to decide if he has performed well to vote for him but as far as I am concerned, as a Nigerian and the sitting president, he can contest for the highest position which is presidency. "it is up to President Goodluck Jonathan and the government to ensure that we have a free and fair election that...
(BBC News Africa 05/16/13)
There is no doubt that the situation in northern Nigeria is deteriorating fast and now President Goodluck Jonathan has admitted as much. No-one else in the government had dared say a word. The frequency and scale of the attacks carried out by the militant group popularly known as Boko Haram forced the president to take action and to silence some of his critics who accuse him of being out of touch and slow to react. "These terrorists and insurgents seem determined to establish control and authority over parts of our beloved nation and to progressively overwhelm the rest of the country," said President Jonathan in a televised address. The tone of the speech was somewhat surprising. map Here was the...
(National Mirror Online 05/16/13)
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has travelled to Tanzania with a mission of introducing to the East African country and others Nigeria’s innovation in cassava bread baking. Obasanjo, a goodwill ambassador for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), took the bread to Tanzania where he publicly munched it with the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mrisho Jakaya Kikwete. Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa also ate the bread for the first time. The leaders supported the innovation, noting that it would bring several benefits to the continent. The 40 per cent cassava bread was first developed by IITA in Nigeria as part of efforts to boost the utilization of cassava and create market for farmers. President Kikwete after inaugurating...
(Business Day 05/16/13)
THE Union of South Africa, like Nigeria, was the product of British imperialism in the late 19th century. At the Berlin Conference initiated by Otto von Bismarck, the architect of Germany’s "white revolution from above", the continent was shared out among European powers and its modern political boundaries drawn. Bismarck intended to avoid unnecessary squabbles among the powers by laying down basic rules for western expansion in Africa. The boundaries agreed on in Berlin would be respected by all participants. But then, as in our day, the strongest among the great powers could act with impunity. Repudiating its commitment to respect the borders, the UK invaded and annexed Southern Africa’s two Boer republics in 1899. In 1910 it brought them...
(The Will Nigeria 05/16/13)
(THEWILL) – The Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, Tuesday, alleged that the Rivers State Government operated the Bombadier 7000 aircraft grounded by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) by forging and falsifying the aircraft's certificates and licences in violation of the extant aviation regulations. She said the Federal Government had not foreclosed instituting criminal proceedings against the State Government. But the Rivers State Government has also accused the Federal Government of flouting sec 35(5) of the NCAA act by grounding the aircraft without prior written notice as required by the provision. Oduah, who disclosed this while testifying before the joint Justice and Aviation Committee of the House of Representatives, investigating the matter, said the Ministry will not hesitate to...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/15/13)
Nigeria launched a military campaign on Wednesday to flush Islamist militants out of their bases in remote border areas, after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast. Nigerian troops deployed in large numbers, part of a plan to rout an insurgency by the Boko Haram Islamist group that has seized control of parts of the region. "The operations, which will involve massive deployment of men and resources, are aimed at asserting the nation's territorial integrity," Defense Headquarters said in a statement. The campaign targets semi-desert areas of the three states in which Jonathan declared an emergency on Tuesday - Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, three of the poorest and most remote in the country. The Islamist insurgency...
(The Africa Report 05/15/13)
The Nigerian government has acknowledged it is at war with extreme Islamists group, Boko Haram, declaring the outfit as a rebellion with an allegiance to a flag other than the Nigerian flag. A state of emergency has been declared in northern Nigeria and an all-out war has been discussed. Boko Haram and variations of Islamists fighters escalated tensions with the Nigerian state in 2009, with more than 1,600 people being killed since then, according to an Associated Press count.Recent intelligence reports by the Nigeria's military reveal that Islamic fighters have access to anti-aircraft guns mounted on trucks. "These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state and threaten [its]...
(The Guardian 05/15/13)
President declares state of emergency in north-east and promises more troops to tackle rebellion. Nigeria's president has declared a state of emergency across the country's troubled north-east, promising to send more troops to fight what he said is now an open Islamist rebellion. Goodluck Jonathan, speaking live on state radio and television networks, also warned that any building suspected to house Islamic extremists would be taken over in what he described as the "war" now facing Africa's most populous nation. However, it's unclear what the emergency powers will do to halt the violence, as a similar past effort failed to stop the bloodshed. "It would appear that there is a systematic effort by insurgents and terrorists to destabilise the Nigerian...
(AL Jazeera 05/15/13)
Goodluck Jonathan orders army into three states saying latest violence from Boko Haram group is declaration of war. Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian president, has imposed a "state of emergency" in three states in an attempt to curb the increasingly violent attacks by armed group Boko Haram, saying the level of violence called for "extraordinary measures". The decision comes after a spate of attacks on security forces and government targets by Boko Haram in its northeast stronghold this month. In a televised statement on Tuesday, the president said, "I hereby declare a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states." Jonathan said more troops would "immediately" be deployed to the areas. He made a similar move in January 2012 following...
(The Guardian Nigeria 05/15/13)
FROM a borrowing threshold of 40 per cent of Gross Domestic Product ( GDP), the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) says Nigeria can now borrow up to 56 per cent of her GDP. However the Banks wants Nigeria to delink budget planning from oil prices but expresses worry over Nigeria’s growth without job opportunities for citizens. The Director General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, made this announcement Monday at the opening of the 2013 Debt Sustainability Analysis workshop in Abuja. The implication of this development is that Nigeria may further deepen her debt profile, which currently stands domestically at over N6 trillion with a foreign component of more than $6 billion. The raise in the borrowing...
(The Associated Press 05/15/13)
A German ship operator says five crew members kidnapped from one of its ships off the coast of Nigeria last month have been released. The five Polish and Russian citizens were seized April 26 from the container ship City of Xiamen. The shipping company Sunship Schiffartskontor KG said they were released Saturday and are in good health. The company said in a statement the five have already returned to their home countries. The shipping company didn't detail the circumstances of their release — including whether a ransom was paid — or the identity of their captors "for reasons of confidentiality." The Gulf of Guinea, on Africa's western Atlantic Ocean coast, has seen an escalation recently in violent pirate attacks. Read...
(Business Day 05/15/13)
ABUJA — Nigeria’s slow implementation of structural economic reforms is limiting its chances of a credit-rating upgrade, Moody’s Investors Service said on Tuesday. While economic growth in Africa’s biggest crude oil producer was "resilient", any chance of an update from its Ba3 rating, three levels below investment grade, is hindered by corruption, weak institutions and its vulnerability to oil price drops, Edward Al-Hussainy and Dietmar Hornung, credit analysts at Moody’s, said. Sub-Saharan Africa’s second-largest economy expanded an estimated 6.6% in the first quarter of the year, compared with 6.9% in the previous three months, the central bank said last week, citing figures from the West African nation’s statistics bureau. Oil contributes as much as 70% of the government’s fiscal revenue,...
(Voice of America 05/15/13)
Pirates have released five Russian and Polish nationals kidnapped from a cargo ship last month off the coast of Nigeria. The ship's German operator confirmed Tuesday all five crew members were released on May 11, that they are in good health and have returned to their home countries. The company did not say if a ransom was paid, but ship owners often hand over large sums to free abducted sailors. The crew members were kidnapped April 25, when 14 heavily armed pirates forced their way into the cargo ship's citadel, a strong room designed to protect the crew from attack. Piracy is increasing in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, with gunmen frequently targeting oil ships to steal crude and seize...
(BBC News Africa 05/15/13)
Fifty-three people have been killed and 13 villages burnt in central Nigeria's Benue state, local MP Sule Audu has told the BBC. The conflict, which started last week, is said to have been caused by a long-running dispute over land ownership between cattle herders and farmers. Forty people were killed on Sunday, in the worst attack carried out by Fulani herdsmen since last week, Mr Audu said. Nigeria is affected by a spate of conflicts over land, religion and oil. The violence in Benue is the latest sign of the growing security challenges facing the government, reports BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross. Last week, President Goodluck Jonathan cut short a trip to South Africa to deal with a spate of...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...

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