Wednesday 20 September 2017
(Bloomberg 09/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari urged the international community to support the Lake Chad region in its fight against Islamist extremism even as other conflicts emerge. Nigeria and neighboring countries lack the resources and the capacity to effectively deal with the security threat from groups linked to al-Qaeda and other Islamist organizations, he said Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “New conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts,” Buhari said. The Islamist group Boko Haram has waged an eight-year war from its base in northeastern Nigeria to impose its version of Islamic law in Africa’s most populous country, leaving tens of thousands of people dead and forcing millions...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari urged fellow leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to condemn Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people. Comparing the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine province to the massacres in Bosnia in 1995 and Rwanda in 1994, the leader of Africa's most populous nation declared: "The international community cannot remain silent." More than 420,000 people have fled violence in Rakhine, which Buhari said bears the hallmarks of a "state-backed program of brutal depopulation" targeting Rohingya on the basis of their ethnicity and Muslim religion. "We fully endorse the call by the secretary-general on the government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
A dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed after clashes between pro-Biafra supporters and Nigerian security services was relaxed on Monday, as the government blasted social media "quacks and internet trollers" for stoking tensions. The Abia state government in the country's southeast last week ordered people off the streets from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am because of the unrest. But it now said it had scaled back the start time to 10:00 pm "until further notice" because "relative peace and calm" had returned. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement have clashed with the police and the military in Abia and neighbouring
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki said lawmakers will investigate the crisis that erupted in the country’s southeast following clashes between troops and supporters of a group campaigning for an independent state of Biafra. The legislature “intends to embark on a fact-finding investigation aimed at determining what actually happened during the period of the military exercise in the southeast,” Saraki said in a statement on Twitter on Monday. “We want to be able to sift the facts from the fiction and...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
Four people were killed by gunmen in southeast Nigeria, police said Saturday, after a week of clashes with security forces as inter-community tensions rise in the former Biafra region. The attack appeared to target a market and mosque in a neighbourhood of the city of Asaba inhabited mainly by the Hausa and Peul ethnic groups, who are originally from northern Nigeria. "Three armed men, all in black outfits, suspected to be members of a cult group or Indigenous People of...
(This Day Live 09/18/17)
The federal government through the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has set the guidelines for the marginal oil field bid round scheduled to take place later this year or early 2018 and could potentially see scores of investors jostling to acquire 46 oil acreages during the exercise, THISDAY has learnt. Of the 46 acreages up grabs, it was however gathered that the DPR is considering setting aside some of the oil blocks for discretionary award to firms owned by Niger...
(Bloomberg 09/18/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will pass through London, where he has spent several months this year treating an undisclosed illness, when he travels back from the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The 74-year-old leader of Africa’s most populous country will head to the U.S. on Sunday to participate in the U.N. gathering and deliver a national statement, the presidency said in an emailed statement. It did not specify the reason nor the planned length of the London stop...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will pass through London, where he spent five months on medical leave this year, on his way home from the United Nations General Assembly, his spokesman said on Friday. Buhari will depart for New York on Sunday, his spokesman said in an emailed statement. It will be the first time he has left Nigeria since returning on Aug. 19 from Britain, where he received treatment for an unspecified ailment. Spokesman Femi Adesina said Buhari would hold...
(AFP (eng) 09/14/17)
More than 30 pro-Biafra supporters have been arrested after protests in southern Nigeria that left one police officer dead, police said on Thursday. Rivers state police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni said 32 suspects were in custody after two days of what he said were "violent protests" in the state capital, Port Harcourt. "They will be taken to court after investigations," he told AFP by telephone. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group have in recent days intensified their calls...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/17)
A three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in southeast Nigeria due to mounting tensions between pro-Biafra supporters and the military. The curfew, which will run from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, was announced by the Abia state governor late on Tuesday, who told residents to remain at home and avoid any form of confrontation with the security forces or military. It will be in force until Friday. Recent days have seen clashes between supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra...
(APA 09/13/17)
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana was in Abuja on Tuesday to celebrate the successful medical treatment his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari, went through in London. Buhari returned to Nigeria in August after 103-day stay in London for medical attention. ``Ghanaians are happy over the return of President Buhari from a successful medical treatment in London on August 11,’’ Akufo-Addo said. Akufo-Addo told journalists after a closed door meeting with Buhari in the Presidential Villa, that leaders within and outside...
(This Day Live 09/13/17)
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s illness created a volume of anxiety within the rank and file of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Akufo-Addo who made this remark while answering questions from State House correspondents in the Presidential Villa after visiting Buhari, said he was very glad to see the president in his vigorous and lively state. Ghana’s president who arrived at the State House at about 3:11 p.m. and was received...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
With doubts growing that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will seek a second term because of lingering health issues, cracks are emerging in the ruling All Progressives Congress as key politicians jostle to succeed him. Women Affairs Minister Aisha Alhassan appeared in an online video last week declaring support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to become leader in 2019, when Buhari’s term ends. Alhassan confirmed the recording to the British Broadcasting Corp., saying she would quit the government if Buhari,...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(APA 09/05/17)
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that the news being circulated through a parody Twitter account and an old NTA news video that President Muhammadu Buhari is travelling or has travelled to the U.S. is fake. The minister urged Nigerians to disregard the news and that one of the numerous parody Twitter accounts in his name — “@MohammedLai”, was used to disseminate fake and ludicrous news that claimed that President Buhari was due to leave...
(Agence Ecofin 09/02/17)
Britain has reduced the amount of money given to Nigeria in humanitarian aid claiming that the government of Africa’s most populous country must step up and do more to stop attacks by Boko Haram. This is coming after an official visit by Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, to the West African country. The British government on Tuesday announced plans to grant a total of £200million in aid funding to Nigeria for four years (£50 million...

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