Trump breaks record as first American President to be impeached twice
Donald Trump on Wednesday broke a record for becoming the first US president to be impeached twice
A bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voted to charge him with inciting last week’s attack on the US Capitol.
Just seven days left dor Trump to leave office, 232 lawmakers, including 10 Republicans who broke with the president, voted to impeach the defiant Republican leader for high crimes and misdemeanors on a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”
Impeachment triggers a trial in the US Senate, but the chamber is not expected to take up the matter until after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20.
Scores of National Guard members besieged the seat of US democracy on Wednesday as congressmen and women proceeded with the impeachment process.
Democrats mobilised rapidly to begin the process to have Trump removed after he encouraged his supporters last Wednesday to “march” to the US Capitol and “fight”.
In a violent insurrection, the rioters stormed past outnumbered police, rampaged through and ransacked the building, and interrupted Congress as it was certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
Political leaders across all continents have condemned Trump’s action, with many accusing him of dragging one of the world’s most respected and resilient democracy in the mud.
With Agency’s report
To end COVID-19, US President Calls for more vaccinations as he cebrates 245th American birth
President of United States of America Joe Biden while celebrating the nation’s 245th birthday on Sunday opened the gates of the White House as he urged Americans to do yhe needful through vaccinations part to end the COVID-19 pandemic once and for all.
As the crowds marked the Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776, he said the 245th anniverssary on the Fourth of July is a special celebration having emerged from the darkness ocasioned by the pandemic and isolation in the previous year.
“A year of pain, fear and heartbreaking loss,” Biden told a White House party opened to around 1,000 people, including military families and workers involved in the COVID-19 response.
“We never again want to be where we were a year ago today,” he added.
The cebrstion is the largest White House ceremny since Biden took office in January.
It included burgers and fireworks and was geared toward giving Americans something to celebrate as indication that normalcy have returned following a coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 600,000 Americans.
The country has not been able to meet up wth Biden’s goal to have 70% of U.S. adults get at least one vaccine shot by Sunday.
The figure is around 67%, as some people have resisted getting inoculated, raising concerns among health officials as the more aggressive Delta variant threatens to generate another surge.
Biden mourned the people who died, applauded citizens who aided in the country’s emergency response and said vaccines were the best defense against new variants of the virus.
“It’s the most patriotic thing you can do,” he said of getting vaccinated.
But his administration was also eager to celebrate what it sees as its signature accomplishment – restoring some normality for a country weary of pandemic restrictions and hardship, burdens that have eased but not disappeared with the widespread availability of inoculations.
The pandemic forced cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year and led to a toned-down January inauguration for the Democratic president, who had to do without traditional black-tie galas and bipartisan comity as Republican former President Donald Trump disputed his election loss.
Fortress-like security around Washington following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was eased as
Fencing surrounding the White House has been dramatically scaled back, and the streets filled on Sunday with people who snapped photographs of the president’s motorcade returning from a weekend trip to a Michigan cherry farm, the golf course and his Delaware family home.
Speaking to people on the south lawn of the White House who had shed their masks to eat watermelon slices and drink beer, Biden said the coronavirus “no longer paralyzes our nation, and it’s in our power to make sure it never does again.”
After the speech, the president greeted guests and posed for photographs ahead of a 17-minute fireworks display to be set off later from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
With more reports from Reuters
British High Commission says it is in touch with FG over Kanu’s arrest
The British High Commission in Nigeria has said it is “in the process of seeking clarifications” from the federal government over the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Spokesperson of the British High Commission, Dean Hurlock, disclosed this in a message sent to TheCable on Wednesday.
Kanu, who is also a British citizen, was arrested on Sunday and extradited to Nigeria to face trial for an alleged treason.
Abubakar -Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of Justice, said on Tuesday that the IPOB leader was “intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and Security Services.”
Malami did not state where the separatist leader was arrested, but TheCable learnt that Kanu, who is based in the UK, was lured to an African country with a Promise of cash donations and Was then picked up. security sources informed TheCable that he was _ tracked through some members of IPOB ‘who were recently arrested following a massive military
operation in the south-east.
In the message shared with TheCable, Hurlock said the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office “stands ready to provide consular assistance” regarding the matter.
“The British High Commission in Abuja is currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest,” he said.
He added that the UK “would expect any trial or legal proceedings “to” follow due process” as Kanu’s prosecution resumes.
Kanu was first arrested on October 14. 2015 following years of his campaign campaign for the sovereign state of Biafra.
He was granted bail in April 2017 but fled Nigeria later that year after soldiers invaded his residence in Abia state during a military clampdown on IPOB members.
For almost four years after he fled the country, the separatist leader piloted the affairs of IPOB from abroad.
He was mostly in the UK from where he runs Radio Biafra, the group’s radio station with which he often engages in fierce monologues peaching his seperatist cause
Following his re-arrest, the federal government took him to the Federal High Court in Abuja Tuesday where a judge granted the Department of State Services (DSS) order to remand him in their _ custody until July 26 when his trial will continue.
IPOB earlier said in a statement shared with TheCable that Kanu’s arrest is “not the end of the road” in the groups’ quest for Biafra.
“IPOB will not relent in the pursuit of Biafra freedom. We have crossed the Rubicon in our stuggle for the restoration of Biaran Sovereignty. There is no going back no matter the level of intimidation by our oppressors.”Ema Powerful the group’s spokesperson, had said
News commentary on the 2021 World Refugees’ Day
The 1951 Refugee Convention defines a refugee as: “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” To honour refugees around the globe, the United Nations has designated June 20 of every year, as a World Refugee Day. The day celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. It is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Together We Can Achieve Anything”, while the sub-theme is “Together we heal, learn and shine”, which calls for a greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, school and sports. In Nigeria, the World Refugee Day is commemorated by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
- There are a total of 26.3 million refugees in the world. Out of this figure, 73,000 are in Nigeria, out of which 71,400 are Refugees and 1,600 are Asylum-seekers (May 2021). Nigeria play host to refugees and asylum seekers from Cameroon, Niger, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cotre D’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Togo and China.
- The essence of this news commentary, therefore, is to highlight what the Government of Nigeria has done to ensure the inclusiveness of refugees in her national development plan, as signatory to the different Conventions and Protocols relating to protection and care of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons.
- The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, is the government agency statutorily empowered to implement all the international protocols and conventions, such as the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the status of refugees, its 1967 Protocols, and the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention relating to protection and care of refugees that Nigeria is signatory. Aside from ensuring that all the rights guaranteed Refugees in the Protocols and Conventions are not denied, the Government of Nigeria, through the NCFRMI, at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum’s meeting, made far reaching pledges and commitments for the inclusion of refugees, IDPs, and returnees in national development plans. In fulfilment of the pledges, the following actions have been undertaken:
i. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, in 2020, made a special provision for NCFRMI in the designing of Economic Sustainability Plan so as to ease implementation of key actions relating to refugees and IDPs.
ii. In February 2021, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued directive to Banks and Financial Institutions to recognise refugee identity documents issued by NCFRMI and UNHCR and Convention Travel Document (CTD) by NCFRMI and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for opening of bank accounts to facilitate access to financial services in Nigeria.
iii. There are ongoing discussions for inclusion of refugees in national social safety nets through NASSCO.
iv. Refugees are included in national educational and health systems, including National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) at par with Nigerian citizens.
v. There is government-led provision of land for refugees’ settlement and use for agriculture in Cross River State in South-South Region of Nigeria and Benue State, in the North-Central Region.
vi. Nigeria maintains positive protection environment by ensuring the integrity of the asylum system in line with international legal instruments and freedom of movement for refugees, IDPs and returnees; maintaining its open-door policy; and promoting legal pathways to durable solutions.
vii. Nigeria is facilitating access to birth registration and the enrolment of refugees, IDPs and returnees into the national identity management system to prevent and reduce the risk of statelessness and facilitate access to services. As of 2021, NCFRMI is licensed to facilitate enrolment of refugees on the national Identity Number (NIN) as required by Government through NIMC. 2021.
viii. Commencement of the building of Resettlement Cities in Borno, Edo, Zamfara and Katsina States for Returnees and IDPs towards ensuring durable solution for their shelter needs.
ix. Launch of Project Reliance, which is a flagship project of NCFRMI in collaboration with the CBN designed to provide loans to Returnees, IDPs and other Persons of Concern (PoCs).
x. To show the receptiveness of Government of Nigeria to Refugees, the Honourable Minister of Federal Capital Territory has signed the #CitiesWithRefugees Declaration, making Abuja as the 267th City of the World that is Refugee friendly.
- The Government of Nigeria deserve kudos for these lofty achievements. Individuals and corporate organisations are hereby called upon to partner with the government to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers are given the required support to make life meaningful to them. Their being refugees is not their making. According Warsan Shire “No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark’’. Therefore, I urge all Nigerians to see the protection of refugees and asylum seekers as our obligation, as in the words of Dina Nayeri “It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks’’. Collectively, we can achieve anything.
Hajia Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim
Honourable Federal Commissioner
National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons
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