Linus Oota , Lafia Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected in Nasarawa State on Tuesday, May 22 on a one-day official visit to assess efforts being made by the state government in peace building. Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura confirmed the official visit of the Vice President to the state while speaking to journalists in Lafia….
- South Africa queries US ambassador
- Africans, others rally against Trump in US cities
African Union Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat has formally protested to the United States about Trump’s alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe African nations.
The US president reportedly made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump allegedly said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.
Mr Mahamat met the US ambassador to the AU, MaryBeth Leonard, to express the pan-African body’s indignation, and to stress the importance of “respect for a mutually beneficial partnership”. The AU official posted a tweet in French following the meeting.
AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo had earlier said “Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice.”
Meanwhile, South Africa’s foreign office summoned the deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in the capital, Pretoria over Trump’s derogatory remark. A statement from the South African foreign office said that it aligns itself with the statement issued by the African Union. The continent’s top body had expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” over the comments and called on Mr Trump to apologise.
South Africa said that relations between the country and the US must be based on mutual respect. The U.S. Embassy confirmed receipt of the South African government’s request yesterday. “We agree to the importance of strong relations between South Africa and the United States that are based on mutual respect and understanding,” U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Cindy Harvey said in a statement. The governments of Namibia and Botswana have also condemned the comments.
Meanwhile, Africans in the diaspora yesterday joined their counterparts from Haiti, El Salvador and other countries in a rally to protest against Trump’s alleged racist remarks. The rally held in New Jersey, Atlanta, Houston and across other major U.S. cities.
The organisers of the event had urged all people of African descent and others to attend the rally to “reject the denigration President Trump uttered against us”. The protest tagged: ‘Rally against Trump’ at Time Square also commemorated the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day.
Meanwhile, Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe African nations. He has now told reporters: “I am not a racist. I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”
It is the first time the president has responded directly to the racism accusations. He made the denial to White House press pool reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in Florida on Sunday night.
— 21st May 2018
Molly Kilete, Abuja The Czech Republic has donated a large consignment of arms, ammunitions and other weaponry to the Nigerian Army to boost its counter insurgency operations in the northeast part of the country. The donation is coming barely a week after the Army received a similar arms consignment another one of its foreign partners….
— 21st May 2018
Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Troops of the newly launched Operation WHIRL STROKE (OPWS) operating in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states managed to kill 35 herdsmen over the weekend, even as a large number of them escaped with gun shot wounds. Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim, who disclosed this in a statement made…
— 21st May 2018
Gyang Bere, Jos There was panic in Jos Monday when a 15-year-old son of a community leader in Farin-Gada, Joseph Zarma, was allegedly killed by suspected ritualists in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State. Daily Sun gathered that the boy was killed and the corpse dumped on a major street of Farin-Gada, which…
— 21st May 2018
Samuel Bello, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reports that Nigeria recorded a growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 1.95 percent in the first quarter of 2018. It added that the figure showed a stronger growth when compared with the -0.91 percent in the first quarter of 2017, indicating an increase of…
Entertainment— 20th May 2018
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South-West Report— 17th May 2018
“It is imperative for the sake of posterity that diligent records in black and white are kept henceforth for history to prevail. Everyone needs to know what each festival symbolises in order to pass it to generations unborn. This will help them to have a sense of history and they can continue to propagate our…
Abuja Metro— 16th May 2018
• Allegations of imposed Sharia on NYSC members at Abuja camp Fred Itua, Abuja The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is in the news again, but for the wrong reasons. This time, it is making the headlines for covertly imposing the practice of Islamic Sharia law on corps members at the just-concluded orientation in Abuja….
Oriental News— 16th May 2018
Anthony Obi The chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Oil and Solid Mineral Producing Areas Landlords’ Association of Nigeria (OMPALAN), Bishop Udo Azogu, has said that association was not established to oppose government or constituted authority but, to contribute in strengthening corporate governance by identifying and plugging dangerous loopholes in governance. Speaking at the inauguration of…
Features— 21st May 2018
Emma Emeozor; [email protected] President Donald Trump made good his threat to pull the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA), an interim agreement on the Iran nuclear deal, on May 9, 2018. The American president had made the announcement to the discomfort of France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, who had…
Literary Review— 15th May 2018
CNN Tom Wolfe, the innovative journalist and author who wrote such best-selling masterpieces as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” has passed away. Wolfe, 88, had been hospitalized with an infection and died Monday, according to his agent Lynn Nesbit. Wolfe started as a reporter at the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union before moving…
Lifeline— 21st May 2018
•Nigerians raise the alarm over unending cases of brutality against children Tessy Igomu After the death of his parents, eight-year-old Friday Paul got temporary accommodation in his uncle’s home, pending when a permanent home would be found for him. But from the moment the orphan stepped into that apartment at 6, Anjolarin Street, Odogunyan, a…
Education Review— 15th May 2018
■ Provost’s vacant position tears Alvan Ikoku College staff unions apart George Onyejiuwa, Owerri The crisis rocking the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, has taken a new twist as a faction of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) allegedly engaged students to attack the opposing camp. The two factions of JAC made…
TSWeekend— 18th May 2018
Tony Ogaga Little Princess of the Universe, award winning actress and model, Daniella Okoye has revealed how she narrowly escaped rape at a tender age of 11, after a pedophile lured her into a room during an audition for a fashion show in Lagos. In a chat with TS Weekend, the teenager who marked her…
Opinion— 21st May 2018
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