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AfDB: Obasanjo lauds Buhari’s statesmanship in Adesina’s re-election

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AfDB: Obasanjo lauds Buhari’s statesmanship in Adesina’s re-election

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has lauded President Muhammed Buhari’s statesmanship in his support at ensuring successful re-election of the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina.

Obasanjo, who was reacting for the first time after Adesina’s re-election penultimate week, commended some past and present African leaders for their supports during the period.
This was contained in a statement by his Special Assistant Media Kehinde Akinyemi.

The former President the Statement indicated made the disclosures when the leadership of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters  Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), led by the National President,  Comr. Desmond Nwachukwu paid him a courtesy call at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

Obasanjo who was responding to remarks made by the FIBAN President on the support given to Adesina, added that education played a vital role in the success so far made by him and other Nigerians doing the country proud in their different endeavour.

“I must commend the Federal government for the support given to him to get this second term ticket. You know that the former President, Goodluck Jonathan recommended him before this new government came on board. The government  could have rejected him. So, I must commend the President for supporting him all through.

“Also, let me acknowledged and commended some of my colleagues, the 14 former Presidents in Africa for joining me immediately I drew their attentions to it. Some present Presidents also deserved commendations too,” Obasanjo said.

The former President emphasized on the importance of education, noting “if Adesina had not gone to school, no matter the innate ability God might have given him, he would not have got to where he is today.

“So, the first thing is how do we get the about 14m children, who are out of school now back to school. 14m children who should have been in school, undergoing education training that will make them to contribute to the development of the country in the near future.

“It is having good education, that will make them a good product to market in the global world like Adesina. Not only him, we have several like him, including the AFRISM President, Dr. Oramah,” Obasanjo said, even as he observed that the country’s present image was not fairing to assist these potentials.

Obasanjo appreciated the members of the Association for the visit, moreso for the commendation on his support for the AfDB President.

The FIBAN national president had earlier disclosed that the former President’s penchant for grooming talents for leadership positions led to the emergence of Adesina,  and as such, “the association is therefore using this opportunity to congratulate you on the historic re-election of Adesina.  

“And we are ready to make our doors opened for you to equally tap from many of our qualified members for such leadership positions.”

Nwachukwu also hinted that the proposed School of Broadcasting in Abeokuta, is to be name after the former President.

On the entourage of the President were the 2nd National Vice President, Hellen Okon, Member of the Board of Trustees Gbenga Adebayo-Oladunni, Veteran Broadcasters Ibiyemi AJADI and Asamu Akinrinde.

Others include Femi OMILANI – Chairman, Ogun State chapter, Adekunle Abolade, Chairman, Osun State Chapter and Seun Awodele of the Oyo State Chapter among others.

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7 #EndSARS protesters to be kicked out of Egypt says Dabiri-Erewa

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Seven Nigerians who took active part in the #EndSARS protest in Egypt have been scheduled to be deported, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said.

She made the disclosure in a series of tweets on Monday from her verified twitter handle.
Eight Nigerians were earlier arrested in Cairo, Egypt for protesting against police brutality, extra-judicial killings, and bad governance in that country.
After their arrest, appeals were made to NIDCOM to intervene and secure the release of the Nigerians.
Dabiri on Mondsy said seven of the detained Nigerians are to be deported for “lack of resident permits”.
According to her, the Federal Government is pleading for leniency on behalf of the seven Nigerians scheduled for deportation.
She tweeted, “Update on the eight Nigerians detained in Cairo for protesting without a permit – Seven of them are to be deported to Nigeria for lack of resident permits. The only one that has a Residency will get final clearance from the Minister of Interior after signing an undertaking not go against the laws of Egypt.
“The Nigerian mission in Egypt is still appealing for leniency on behalf of the seven slated for deportation.”

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6 Bandicts meet waterloo as US Forces Rescue Citizen from Bandits in Nigeria

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6 Bandicts meet waterloo as US Forces Rescue Citizen from Bandits in Nigeria

The elite commandos of the US military who engaged in a high-risk operation, in a state in northern Nigeria has rescued a United States’ citizen, Philip Walton.

The American citizen was taken hostage by armed men earlier this week in Niger and held in northern Nigeria, the Pentagon said.

“U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover the American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men.

The operation it was gathered happened in collaborative effort with Nigerien and Nigerian security services after Walton, 27, was abducted by bandits in the Niger Republic on October 26. According to ABC, Walton lives with his wife and young daughter on a farm near Massalata, a small village close to the border with Nigeria. US and Nigerien officials had said that Walton was kidnapped from his backyard last Monday after assailants asked him for money.

But he only offered $40 USD and was then taken away by force. In the operation, involving governments of the US, Niger and Nigeria working together to rescue Walton quickly, the elite SEAL Team Six carried out the rescue mission and killed all but one of the captors, officials with direct knowledge about the operation said.
Pentagon chief spokesperson, Jonathan Hoffman, disclosed that, “US forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men.” He further said:

“This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation. We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation.”
Meanwhile, president, Donald Trump, has lauded the “courageous soldiers” who rescued the American hostage in Nigeria on Saturday. Philip Walton, 27, was seized by armed bandits on Monday, October 26 and was moved to a location in northern Nigeria where he was held.
Trump tweeted: “Last night, our country’s brave warriors rescued an American hostage in Nigeria. “Our Nation salutes the courageous soldiers behind the daring nighttime rescue operation and celebrates the safe return of yet another American citizen!”

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AfCTA will lift 100 million Africans from extreme, moderate poverty by 2025, says secretary General

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The Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Mr. Wamkele Mene, has indicated that the continent has the opportunity to lift almost 100 million people in Africa from extreme poverty and moderate poverty through trade by the year 2025.
The newly elected Secretary General of AfCFTA Wamkele Keabetswe Mene,
spoke when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the senate President Ahmad Lawan, Tuesday.

He noted that the success of the trade agreement was largely dependent on the measure of benefit accruing to African countries.
He however expressed the fear that should AfCFTA benefit only the big countries in Africa it is not going to work.
According to him, the secretariat going forward, would look up to Nigeria for guidance in coming up with policies and ways of implementing the content of the trade agreement to accommodate the interest of all African countries.
“Using digital platforms. It is very possible for the AFCFTA to connect the informal sector across the African continent.
“We know for example that they are women farmers in Kenya who exports their flowers to the European Union using digital platforms.”
Hence he indicated that it is possible the African countries to use the latest Innovations to bring on board the people as they implement the AfCTA agreement.

He said his vision is and what I see this agreement that was originally. Its Inception is here in Abuja. So it is entirely appropriate for me to be here today and having this engagement with you on the basis of their Abuja treaty itself.

It’s going to be incredibly difficult. It is going to be very very challenging.

“The road that heads the work ahead is going to be very very difficult, but we’ve got to do it because they are 1.2 billion people that are looking to us.

He said since his election by several African heads of States he has received over 7000 emails.
“And the common theme Was that you are not to fail do not fake? Because if you fail history will judge us very very hashly
‘So we as Africans have a unique opportunity to significantly Advance our Economic Development objectives leveraging on trade. We have the opportunity to double inter-african trade by the year 2035.”

“That it’s possible for us to do with this new vision of the African continent on free trade area. We owe it to the populations. We all wait to our peoples to do it.
“But some of these challenges will of course have to be tackled and with the support of Nigeria and with the support of yourselves distinguished Senators, I know that we can take the necessary steps to create a better Africa, too.”
He said it will help in jump starting double inter African trade.
According to him he has recieved overwhelming support from across the African continent
He said he will be meeting with the chairman of zenith bank on ways of helping to see how they can move the idea forward because the chairman believes in it.
“We want to devise a payment platform so that when you trade within the African continent of free trade area, you can transact in your local currency payments and settlement platform that will significantly reduce the costs of payment, to enhance affordability and enhance access of small medium Enterprises to other markets around the continent.
“I am very much excited about this collaboration with African export-import Bank under the leadership of Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah leadership.
“It is African ingenuity. We’re not going to the World Bank. We’re not going to the IMF. We’re doing it ourselves as Africans. And that is why I am very very grateful for his support as I conclude distinguished Senators.
“Let me once again say how pleased I am to be here and I’m very pleased to have heard from the minister yesterday that Nigeria is almost at the point of ratification.
“He told me at the special Summit of heads of states in December or perhaps in February at the ordinary session where Nigeria will be able to deposit the instrument of ratification. So I thank you very much.”

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said for the AfCFTA to yield intended results, it must be backed by requisite legal frameworks, right policies, and robust implementation.


The Senate President who was represented by the Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Boroffice, said the intent behind Nigeria’s decision to sign the agreement on July 7th, 2019, during the 12th Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government, in Niamey, was to benefit Africans on the continent and outside it.

According Lawan, aside facing the challenges of unemployment, and underemployment, which have been a trigger for both regular and irregular migration, the economies of African countries have been characterized by low productivity, reduced efficiency, and the problem of limited resources.

He, therefore, described the African Continental Free Trade Agreement as “a step in the right direction for the growth of African economies, through limited restrictions, leading to the stimulation of trade, commerce, and industry.”

“In signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), and depositing the instrument with the African Union Commission, our countries made a statement on the determination of our collective economic fate. This fate is in our hands, through requisite legal frameworks, right policies, and a robust implementation.

“The initial momentum from the signing of the agreement needs to be continued, for a greater continental impact, to benefit Africans, both on the continent and outside it”, he said.

The Senate President added that, “the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations, which is the agency of government, responsible for managing, coordinating, and leading all trade and trade related negotiations, has the clear mandate of managing Nigeria’s side of the agreement.”

“Nigeria’s action in signing was not just an evidence of our commitment to the spirit of Africa, but a sign of our trust in a unified economic growth. The multiple benefit of the arrangement is also not lost on us.”

“As the biggest market and economy on the continent, we have a strategic role to play in the evolution and stabilization of the African economy. We are ready to expand the possibilities through our status, with your confidence in us, and the demands of posterity,” the Deputy Senate Leader said.

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