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My Nasty Encounter with South African High Commission – Funke Osae-Brown

Towards the end of January this year, I got an invitation to be in South Africa on the 1st of March, 2017 to experience the new BMW 5 Series. It was an event I had looked forward to considering my love for fast cars and the kind of beat I cover as a journalist. As soon as I received the itinerary and other documents needed for my journey, I applied for the South African visa on the 13th of February. Conscio ...

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Tillerson: Egypt’s Great Potential Overlooked During Past Two Decades Of US Foreign Policy

By Omar Saeed, OSaeedFJ@gmail.com US Foreign Secretary Rex Tillerson and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry met  in Washington on Monday, discussing bilateral relations between their countries in political, economic and military fields. The US foreign secretary condemned terrorist activities in Sinai Peninsula and expressed his country’s support for fighting terrorism in this strategic region. Tillerson ...

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Sanction Cameroon, Chad Over Boko Haram, Former Senate President Tells UN

A former President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ameh Ebute has called on the United Nations (UN) security council to sanction Cameroun, Chad over what he called their complacency and role in the activities of the Boko Haram  insurgency which has displaced millions of Nigerians Senator Ebute in a letter addressed to UN, Secretary-General, stated that the two countries have acted suspiciously and have been ...

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Xenophobic Attacks: Nigerian Senate Sends Strong Delegation To South Africa

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday resolved to send a strong parliamentary delegation to the South Africa parliament to express the country's dismay over the continuous killing of Nigerians. The upper chamber of the National Assembly also condemned in strong terms the return of xenophobic attacks and extra-judicial killing of Nigerians by the South African police and South Africans. The resolutions followed a m ...

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Attacks on Nigerians: South Africa’s Malusi Gigaba got it all wrong,By Abike Dabiri-Erewa

My attention was drawn to South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Mr. Malusi Gigaba’s statement in the aftermath of the xenophobic attacks, which has also brought reprisal attacks on MTN, a South African business conglomerate that “such issues were better discussed at the diplomatic levels” when more than 100 Nigerian lives have been lost in South Africa. It appears that Mr. Gigaba would rather dwell on and en ...

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Stop Xenophobia, Follow Examples Of Christianity, Humanity And Pan-Africanism, By South African Minister

Address by the Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Malusi Gigaba MP, at the Lighthouse Chapel International Church in Pretoria on 26 February 2017 I am happy to join you today in this, the House of the Lord “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) I wish to express my sincerest gratitude at the opportunity granted to us attend mass this morning, to join with you ...

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Osinbajo Congratulates New President Of Somalia

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN,  has congratulated Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Prof. Osinbajo also congratulated the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their electoral process, which is an important step in consolidating democracy and fully restoring law and order in the country. According to a statement by his Spokesman Lao ...

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I’m Stepping Down, No Need To Shed Blood -Jammeh

(BBC.COM) The Gambia's long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in elections. In an announcement on state TV, he said it was "not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed". The statement followed hours of talks between Mr Jammeh and West African mediators. He gave no details of what deal might have been struck. Mr Jammeh has led the country for 22 years but ...

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The Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh ‘To Quit And Leave’

(Excerpts From BBC.COM) The Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh is to step down and leave the country, officials involved in negotiations say. West African mediators spent several hours with Mr Jammeh on Friday, negotiating his future. The motorcade carrying the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania has left the official residence, but they are not thought to have left the country. Mr Jammeh was defeated in December ...

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Gambia: Barrow Must Not Forget His Big Promises-Amnesty International

As Adama Barrow is scheduled to be inaugurated in Senegal Thursday afternoon, Sabrina Mahtani Amnesty International’s West Africa Anglophone Researcher has urged him not to forget his big promises Mahtani said in a statement,"Today’s inauguration ceremony of Adama Barrow is a moment to remember the risks currently faced by Gambians, and also gives an opportunity to reflect on hopes for the future. “We must ...

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Gambia: Jammeh Refuses To Leave Office As Deadline Passes

(BBC) Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down despite the threat of military intervention by neighbouring states. Adama Barrow, who beat him in elections last month, is due to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday, but Mr Jammeh has ignored the deadline. West African military forces are ready to enforce a transfer of power. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz failed to br ...

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Jammeh: Nigeria Deploys Air Force To Enforce ECOWAS Mandate In Gambia

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed to Senegal as part of Nigerian contingent of Economic Community of West African States Military Intervention in Gambia (ECOMIG) – a standby force tasked by ECOWAS Heads of State to enforce the December 1, 2016 election mandate in the The Gambia. A statement by Director of Public Relations & Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa on Wednesday said “The NAF t ...

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