Thursday, September 24, 2020

UN At 75: Buhari Says World Body Has Stayed True To Its Aspirations

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday hailed the United Nations for remaining true to the aspirations of its founders, saying the international organization has continued to play the crucial role of fostering global peace and security. The President joined world leaders at a virtual event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Due to the global...

UNICEF Reacts As Kano Court Jails 13-Year-Old Boy For 10 years

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned the sentencing of 13-year-old Umar Farouq to 10 years in prison for blasphemy. Umar was handed the harsh sentence by Aliyu Kanu, the same judge who passed a death sentence on Kano musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu for blasphemy, after being found guilty of using “disparaging language on Allah”...

ECOWAS Heads Of State Agree To Reject Forceful Change Of Govt In Mali

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State have unanimously agreed to reject the forceful change of government in Mali. Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking after representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS on the situation in Mali. He said the region’s leaders...

Algeria Blocks Social Media To Prevent Examination Malpractice

Algerians were unable to access social media accounts on Sunday as students sat national exams in the North African country where authorities are cracking down on cheating. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp were inaccessible, an AFP journalist said, while the internet faced disruptions across the country. The move came a day after the...

Mali: Military, ECOWAS Talks End In Deadlock

Talks between West African nations and Mali’s new junta ended on Monday without a deal on how the country should return to civilian rule following last week’s coup, the two sides said. Separately, they also said that ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita — whose return to office had been initially demanded by the regional bloc...

Mali: Detained President Keita May Be deported

The mutineers in Mali are discussing the deportation of detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The possible destination is Senegal. “There are talks with Senegal on his (Keita’s) deportation”, a Malian military source told Sputnik. On Tuesday, soldiers seized senior military and government officials. Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and others are in custody. The mutiny leaders have established the National Committee...

President Buhari Calls For Immediate Release Of Malian President Keita

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the immediate release of Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and a return to constitutional order in the West African nation. A statement by the State House said Buhari made the call on Thursday during a virtual meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). “President Keita and other detainees should be...

Mali: ECOWAS To Hold Emergency Meeting

The Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) will on Thursday hold an Extraordinary Summit on the socio-political situation in Mali. The Directorate of Communications of the ECOWAS Commission made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. The summit would be held virtually through video...

ECOWAS Suspends Mali Over Coup, Imposes Sanctions

The West Africa bloc ECOWAS on Tuesday condemned a military putsch in Mali and pledged a range of retaliatory actions, including financial sanctions. Rebel soldiers arrested Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon following weeks of political tension in the country. The dramatic move followed the seizure of an army base near...

Mali Crisis: I Don’t Want Bloodshed, President Keita Resigns

Mali has been gripped for months by a political crisis that has sparked the country’s worst unrest in years, as a protest movement galvanised by a disputed election pushed for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign. Keita said Wednesday he had stepped down to avoid “bloodshed” after he was detained in a military coup, whose leaders pledged new...

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