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IHRC condemns demolition of Nigeria Embassy in Ghana, Cautions against reprisals

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The International Human Rights  Commission (IHRC) has condemned in strong terms the recent demolition of the Nigerian Embassy in Ghana saying it may trigger acrimonious coexistence that would not augur well for Africa.
The country director of the commission Ambassador Friday Sani  who spoke in Abuja yesterday said the development within the diplomatic community would set Ghana far behind development.
“It is unexpected and it is not in the interest of Ghana as a country and of all countries how can it be the Nigerian embassy being so attacked in that manner.
“I am sure this has taken Ghana far back again in terms of rating however it is still my plea for the younger ones not to take advantage of the situation for any reprissal.
He commended the minister of foreign affairs for being very responsive on the matter.
“My consolation is that today we now have a Government ministry that is responsive I am talking of the Ministry of foreign Affairs.
“The disposition of the minister in reacting promptly to the issue and how it affects the rights of Nigerians outside the shores of this country. “This has actually given me and this office a consolation because what this office would have ordinarily done has already been done by the minister of Foreign Affairs and with this level of reactions and actions by Government it will prevent future of the unfortunate ugly development.

“I am happy by the actions taken so far by the ministry of Foreign Affairs and I think this is the first time that the ministry of Foreign Affairs is living up to its responsibility.

He said they will encourage the ministry to continue with that momentum so as to ensure that the rights of Nigerians are protected wherever they find themselves especially those doing legitimate businesses all over the world.

“Well it is unfortunate that it is happening at this time when we expected African Continent to begin to think of self determination. I don’t expect this. There is no way we can start discussion without first condemning the act.”

He recalled the days of his struggle when Ghana played host to him while he was on exile saying Ghana was home away from home for him. “Sincerely I had a warm reception when I came to Ghana. I had no issue through my one year on exile. There several other Nigerians, heavy weight politicians and others who have also stayed in Ghana on exile, so I don’t expect that at this time of our life, we can have that demonic action to set us back.
“It is condemnable and there is no any other word but to condemn the act.”

He said when he also led a mission to Ghana last year, he was made to address African leaders, Presidents and vice presidents of various countries “When I delivered a key note address on behalf of the world headquarters of International Human Rights Commission and I said then without mincing words that Ghana was on the right pedestal in terms of development.

However he observed that at the moment he is afraid that with the current action of the demolition of Nigeria’s diplomatic House, Ghana may again go back  to the old order that may end up relegating the image of Ghana as a country to the background again.

If not he said his assessment of Ghana in 2019 when he led the delegation to that country was that of a nation that is on the right pedestal of growth.

He said for an embassy of a country to be so attacked especially demolition, definitely it means the citizens of that country in the host country are no longer safe.
“Infact it is as good as a capital offence to demolish a property because in our law to demolish the property of another man by burning is a capital offence.
“Why it is a capital offence is because the man who nurtured the plan of burning a house is also capable of committing homicide and culpable homicide is punishable by death, it is a capital offence.
“It has indicated that the citizens of Nigeria in Ghana are not safe, it is true, that is what the demolition connotes so if you see any of them crying out he or she is not wrong.
“As an organization with tentacles all over the world we have since last night activated all our volunteers including Ghana because this office coordinates international human rights in Africa.
“I have since coordinated all our volunteers in Africa Continent to rise to the occasion by not allowing this particular situation to degenerate.
“With the effort of the minister of foreign affairs there is a very serious diplomacy discussion going on and I am sure the approach so far will create what I called the solution to the problem.
Therefore it is my plea to Nigerians in Ghana and those within Nigeria not to allow this matter to degenerate.
“Ghana has been a brother over the years while Nigeria had been a brother to Ghana over time and it is true that we cannot do with out each other.
He said many times Ghana has played host to citizens of this country while on exile over issues with military Government or other governments. Nigeria also played host to Ghanians when Ghana’s economy was on its knees.
“With this relationship it is expected that a matter like this deserves a diplomatic solution not putting laws into our hands by resorting to self help.
“So I implore Nigerians at home and in Ghana not to resort to self help. We have been monitoring the actions of the ministry of foreign affairs on the issue and so far we are comfortable with the actions taken, with this we are sure that every Nigerian in Ghana would be protected nothing will happen to them.
“This is in addition to the fact that our volunteers in Ghana are already reporting to us on minutes by minutes bases if what is happening in Ghana.
“We are like secret operatives, without your knowledge we get all information concerning the issue.”

Linking the issue to the George Floyd incidents which sparked demonstration globally he said it is not time for Africans to experience the demolition of an embassy of another African country in Ghana.
He said the black had always been at the disadvantage position over time because they have not been able to also identify their potentials.
“Here comes a time that we are supposed to explore our potentials in terms of our ability to live and be independent but we have started to fight ourselves, it is an unfortunate situation but it is only we the blacks that would be able to display that ability to come out of the confusion.

“Even the current agitation agaisnt racism based on attack on blacks will become useless because this particular crises can lead to doom for Africa.
“This matter is a matter between Nigeria and Ghana on the surface but any attempt to allow it to degenerate, I bet you, it can lead to doom.
“This is why we have to be careful in handling this matter, we have to be mindful of the implications and the consequences. on this note I want to beg that the matter must not degenerate further, If it does not degenerate it would be to our advantage.
He challenged younger African generation to outgrow the problem of maladministration, and lack of good governance in African continent as he it is not time for war.

“So should we allow any thing like war to come up now, those who have been at the corridor of power have nothing to lose it is only the younger people that have so much to lose therefore we must talk to ourselves not to allow thos matter to degenerate.”




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

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


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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Nigeria worries over Ghana’s lipservice to bilateral agreement

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Vice President Yemi Osibanjo has expressed dismay that Ghana is yet to honor its pledge to reopen hundreds ofshops belonging to Nigerians which were locked down on account of some stiff business regulations imposed on them.
Osibanjo spoke on Tuesday evening during a meeting with representatives of the Nigerian community in the West African country.
“There have been direct communications between our President and President Nana Akufo-Addo. Our President has spoken to him about this, he has made a formal complaint to him, and that conversation has been going on.”
What the Ghanaian government pledged to do, on three occasions, was that the shops will be reopened. In fact, I am a bit surprised that it has not taken place because my understanding was that, that was going to be done.

He vowed to ensure that Nigerian traders caught in the web of Ghanaian crisis get justice, notwithstanding the seeming delay in resolving their concerns regarding some stiff business regulations imposed on them by the authorities.
On efforts made in the past and even recently to resolve the crisis, the Vice President submitted: “I have followed closely developments here, and many of the incidents that you have described, I am already very familiar with. As a matter of fact, the President had asked that a review of all that had taken place be done.
Osinbajo said: “I will certainly convey the depth of your grievances to the President. I am sure that he will be deeply disturbed to hear that despite the assurances that he had received (from the Ghanaian government), there are still problems and complications, many of which have been discussed at the highest level.
“I look forward to getting the details and making sure that we are able to begin to resolve some of these issues as quickly as possible. But I think you must also recognise that generally speaking, governments tend to be very slow, processes are slow, bureaucracies are slow, but we will make sure that we do the very best we can to get you your rights, so that at least you are dealt with justly.”

The parley, which held at the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana in Accra, was to address the challenges facing the traders, including the locking of hundreds of shops owned by Nigerians.

First Vice President of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association, Ghana (NUTAG), Chief Kizito Obiorah, and an online publisher, Mr. Destiny Austin Omon, had taken turns to present copies of their petitions to the number two citizen before voicing out the several impediments they contended with in their host nation.

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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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