I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.
Friday, 29 May 2015
Photo Of The Day: Former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi With Talking Drum at The a inauguration.
SA has played a large role in peacekeeping in Africa, as in Burundi in 2001, where soldiers in Bujumbura protected politicians returning to participate in a transition government. Picture: AFP
THE inauguration on Friday of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president presents a fresh opportunity for SA and Nigeria to repair their frayed relationship. But it also provides a chance for SA to alter its timid and ambivalent policy approach to Nigeria.
On May 29, Nigeria will experience, for the first time in its history, a peaceful transfer of power between two political parties. Since 1999, when the then-government of Nigeria allowed new political parties to form, Nigeria has been governed by one party, the People's Democratic Party. In March, Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, the candidate of the opposing coalition party, All Progressives Congress, succeeded in winning the presidential election, marking a critical juncture in the democratic transition timeline of this African country.
Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing, singing praises and releasing white doves as Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls, became their president.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Gen. David M. Rodriguez, was the first foreign official to meet with Nigeria's new leader after the inauguration. A senior State Department official said Washington is ready to increase military aid and could quickly send more advisers. More pics after cut...
May 29, 2015, shall be recorded in our history as the moment when democracy finally was allowed to participate in Democracy Day. The reason for this is the legion of average Nigerians who voted to make this happen. Should any of you wish to see a true hero of democracy, don’t fret. Just look in the nearest mirror.The path we have taken to come to this august moment has not been one of easy victory or swift progress.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Mrs Aisha Buhari in a statement released to mark the International Children’s Day, today, May 27, said education was going to be one of the main focuses of the incoming government.
“Our children are our future. Education of our children is the best way to secure the future of our country,” she said.
Photos: #BringBackOurGirls. Chibok Girls Ambassadors In Set Out For Kidnapped Girls on Children's Day.
The Bring Back Our Girls Group is had a sit out to commemorate the 408th day that
over 200 school girls were abducted from Chibok by Boko Haram.
It’s the second children’s day Nigerians are celebrating without these girls.
ChibokGirls ambassador have placed a demand on the incoming President-elect’s
administration to rescue “Our Sisters”. More pics after cut.....
U.S. indicts world soccer officials in alleged $150 million FIFA bribery scandal :The Washington Post
A combination of file pictures made on May 27 shows FIFA officials. From left to right from upper row: Rafael Esquivel, Nicolas Leoz, Jeffrey Webb, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Eugenio Figueredo and Jose Maria Marin. The seven men are among several soccer officials arrested. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Justice Department unsealed a 47 count indictment early Wednesday charging 14 world soccer figures, including officials of FIFA, with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud. Four of those accused, including two sports marketing companies, have already pleaded guilty and are likely to be cooperating.
Officials say soaring summer temperatures in India have left over 1,100 people dead over the past month.
Most of the deaths have been reported in the southeastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. More pics after cut....
"I have been listening to Mr. Nyesom Wike and I have been trying not to reply him. He has been accusing me of corruption and I have been trying to keep quiet over the issue of corruption. A thief cannot call me corrupt. The first lesson he needs to learn is that he was Chief of Staff to my government. If I have no records, I have records on him. One way we succeeded in moving this state forward was that we refused to probe Dr. Peter Odili’s government, despite the pressure on me to probe Dr. Odili’s government, because at the end of the day, they will not ask me the number of persons I probed, but what I did while in government.
Women queue to board buses during an evacuation of Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram militants, at the camp for displaced people in Geidam, Yobe state, Nigeria, May 6, 2015.
In a makeshift hut sheltered from a stinging desert wind, Adama Issaika holds her infant daughter close. Three months ago, she stood helpless as gunmen from the Islamist group Boko Haram lined up her husband and relatives against a mosque and shot them dead.“My littlest boy, Alirou, reached out and touched his father on the ground,” she recalled.
One of thousands of Nigerians who piled into crude canoes to escape across Lake Chad to neighboring Chad, Issaika is caught in West Africa’s vice of anguish.
"Boko Haram elements are there," Daouda Malam Marthe, first vice president of parliament, said on state radio. "The prolongation of the state of emergency is a necessity."
The emergency declaration, which parliament voted in favour of on Tuesday, also gives security forces additional powers including the ability to order searches of homes day or night.
Niger, Chad and Cameroon have since February helped Nigerian troops push Boko Haram out of towns and territories the militants had captured in an effort to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.
Monday, 25 May 2015
Heads of state need to set the stage for good governance and development by calling into line leaders who cling to power beyond their mandates, writes Thabo Makgoba.
Cape Town - On May 25, citizens and governments across the African continent, together with the people of the global diaspora, commemorate Africa Day.
It is a pivotal time as it presents an unprecedented opportunity for the citizens and decision-makers of the continent, together with those who have a vested interest in its growth and development, to reconnect and recommit themselves to supporting all interventions to develop a better Africa and a better world.
(Reuters) - Authorities in Burkina Faso began exhuming the remains of former president Thomas Sankara on Monday in a bid to establish responsibility for a murder that has dogged the West African nation since 1987.
Sankara's relatives have for years pressed for his body to be tested, saying they suspect it may not be that of the former president, who died in a coup that brought his former ally Blaise Compaore to power.
Aisha, nine years old, and her elder sister, Falmata, 13, were both abducted from their home in Damasak, in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, during a raid by Boko Haram militants in March. Their much older brother, Bukkar, isn’t sure they’ll ever return. He believes they might have been drafted into the insurgents’ growing army of female suicide bombers. Indeed, he has every reason to think so.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday said Nigeria had been poorly managed for eight years, telling Nigerians to be patient with the incoming administration of President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to correct the prevailing abnormalities.
He said this during a visit of a delegation of South-West women leaders, under the leadership of Iyalode of Yorubaland,Chief Alaba Lawson, to his Abeokuta Hilltop residence.
Obasanjo noted that it would take a sizable time for Buhari to correct the anomalies.
The protester was killed when local police opened fire on a group of around a hundred demonstrators in Muyange in Bururi province, around 60 kilometres southeast of the capital, the sources said.
Civil unrest was also reported in Matana, further south in the same province.
Saturday, 23 May 2015
An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, Latin America and the Caribbean live with obstetric fistula. And yet, the health condition is practically unheard-of in the United States and other Western nations because a fistula is largely preventable with access to timely obstetric care. The United Nations has called on communities worldwide to raise awareness and intensify actions toward ending this harrowing injury, in light of the third annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on Saturday, May 23.
A recent spike in new Ebola cases in Guinea has been traced to patients contracting the deadly disease at funeral ceremonies, government health officials said. Ebola is easily spread through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, or the remains of someone who has died from the virus. The rise in cases comes a week after another Ebola-hit country, Liberia, was officially declared Ebola-free.
Nigerian officials are calling for local and international assistance as over 100 babies are being delivered daily in refugee camps across Borno state. Most of the pregnant women in the camps were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency and raped by the militants, a Nigerian newspaper reported.
“We record an average of between five and six births in each of the 21 camps daily,” Alhaji Grema Terab, the executive chairman of Borno’s State Emergency Management Agency, told Leadership newspaper. “The state government is solely responsible for their daily feeding and provision of other needs.”
She has been called the voice of a generation and him the conscience of a country. Now Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei are to receive human rights group Amnesty International's top honors in Berlin.
Amidst the fanfare and flashbulbs, there will be one notable absentee from tonight's Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience award ceremony. As if cruel testament to his newly-minted accolade, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is unable to travel to Berlin to collect the award.
Nigerian army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said 579 officers and troopers were appearing before two courts in Abuja for "quick dispensation of justice, discipline and professionalism."
Usman gave no details of when the trials began but said on Wednesday: "We have about 473 officers and soldiers being tried at the Army Headquarters Garrison and 106 in 81 Division." He did not specify the charges.
Our dear President, please permit me to write my last epistle to you as our leader and Commander-in-Chief. By this time next week, I expect you to have flown back to Yenagoa via Port Harcourt. How I wish I could have the opportunity of being on that last trip, not to mock you but to capture your swinging moods in those few moments of realising that the end has come eventually. I would love to know how many of your big friends would take the pain to follow you or if most would abandon you to your fate and move on pronto to the new brides. Even as a writer with what I believe is vivid
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
In all the battles waged by men, one of the most effective ways to destroy the enemy is to destroy its women. Rape and sexual abuse are wartime “strategies” as old as war itself.
Yesterday The New York Times ran a devastating report that hundreds of girls as young as 11 have been raped and impregnated by members of Boko Haram. Based in Nigeria, the radical Islamist sect has long proven its cowardice by targeting girls, including the 300 mostly Christian schoolgirls they kidnapped last year, inciting the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. For the young victims now carrying their abusers’ unborn children, returning to anything like normal life is impossible to imagine.
A Rohingya migrant cries as he sits with others in a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman on May 14, 2015. (AFP )
It takes a lot to forsake your home, clamber on to a crammed, rickety boat, and venture out into the uncertainty and danger of the high seas. But this is precisely what tens of thousands of people from Burma's Rohingya ethnic minority have done in recent years, leaving before the monsoon season settles in and their fates become even darker.
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda said child marriage inflicted life-long trauma on many girls and far more must be done to address its psychosocial impact.
"(With child marriage) we are sanctioning rape, we are sanctioning abduction, we are sanctioning a modern form of slavery, it's trafficking, it's forced labour," said Gumbonzvanda, a human rights lawyer whose mother and sister were both wed as children in her native Zimbabwe.
"It's a huge bundle of violations, and the moment we just call it 'marriage', it is like we are giving it a blessing and acceptability."
Monday, 18 May 2015
Under the shade of a wooden shack in the western Chadian town of Bagasola, heavily pregnant Zara Gayi sells mangoes and vegetables, hoping to earn enough money to feed her four children. On a good day she can make three dollars.
"My husband used to ride boats to Nigeria. Since the border closure months ago, he cannot work anymore. In the past, he could earn 100,000 Naira ($500) a month," she told the United Nations children's agency UNICEF.
Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt was sentenced to six years in prison by a South African court on Monday after being found guilty of two counts of rape and a charge of sexual assault of minors, local media reported.