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NIGERIA POLITICS: Here’s the Confession of Boko Haram Defector Bana Umar Just Revealed About the Islamist Radical Group

NIGERIA POLITICS: Here’s the Confession of Boko Haram Defector Bana Umar Just Revealed About the Islamist Radical Group

Bana Umar says, “Many of us listened to radio stations like BBC and VOA. I listened to these radio stations frequently to the extent that when I laid down to sleep I would be thinking of what I heard. I realized that all our activities were evil. We killed. We stole. We dispossessed people of their properties in the name of religion. But what we are doing is not religion. Finally I got fed up with the group.”

Bana Umar served as a bodyguard for a commander, Abu Geidam, who he describes as very close to Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s best known leader.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Agitation Must Continue: Nnamdi Kanu Says, Rejects Southeast Governors Plea

NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Agitation Must Continue: Nnamdi Kanu Says, Rejects Southeast Governors Plea

During the meeting which was attended by constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze and Deputy Secretary General, Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT), Evangelist Elliot Uko, Nnamdi Kanu was said to have remained adamant on restoration of Biafra.

“They begged him to drop Biafra agitation but he shook his head. That’s why they decided to have further discussions with him and his group,” the insider said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Chairs First Cabinet Meeting Since Return From Medical Leave in Britain

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Chairs First Cabinet Meeting Since Return From Medical Leave in Britain

Since his return this month, Buhari’s office has been releasing a flurry of photos and statements from the president’s engagements, like meetings with his vice president, heads of the military and economic ministers and the central bank.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Constitutional Court Says: ‘New Homeowners Not Liable for Debts of Previous Owners’

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Constitutional Court Says: ‘New Homeowners Not Liable for Debts of Previous Owners’

Constitutional Court handed down judgment in an application for confirmation of an order by the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division: Pretoria (High Court) that declared section 118(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 constitutionally invalid. This section provides that an amount due for municipal services rendered on any property is a charge upon that property and enjoys preference over any mortgage bond registered against the property.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ohanaeze is Right, You Are Biased Against Kanu, Another Igbo Group Fires FG

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ohanaeze is Right, You Are Biased Against Kanu, Another Igbo Group Fires FG

“We have also instructed our foreign attorneys to commence immediate action against the federal government at The Hague for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity through their neglect, failure and or refusal to arrest Fulani herdsmen terrorists, an action that has led to numerous loss of innocent lives in genocidal proportions, if Nnamdi Kanu’s rights and those of any Igbo son and daughter continues to be violated by the federal government. Any attempt to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu without allowing the on-going court processes to run its course would surely spell doom for the nation”, it concluded.

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AFRICA POLITICS: United States to Stop Issuing Visas to Citizens From Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone

AFRICA POLITICS: United States to Stop Issuing Visas to Citizens From Eritrea, Guinea, Sierra Leone

“We follow a standard process to implement a visa suspension as expeditiously as possible in the manner the secretary determines most appropriate under the circumstances to achieve the desired goal. That process includes internal discussions with, and official notification to, affected countries,” a State Department official said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: South East Nigeria, the Overarching Cries for Secession and the Ticking ‘Time Bomb’

NIGERIA POLITICS: South East Nigeria, the Overarching Cries for Secession and the Ticking ‘Time Bomb’

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu continues headstrong with his agitations for the official creation and recognition of the Republic of Biafra without caring whose ox is gored and he seem to be buoyed by the rousing welcome he continues to receive in his various consultations and visits to the inner reaches of the south east.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: You Reject Restructuring at the Nation’s Peril, Activist tell Buhari

NIGERIA POLITICS: You Reject Restructuring at the Nation’s Peril, Activist tell Buhari

Buhari and his underground political power string pullers are pretending not to understand that the principle of self determination is a universal norm and not a vice. It was on the same principle that nationalists pillared our movement for self rule that peaked with the lowering of the Union Jack on 1st October 1960. It is on this same principle that IPOB are advocating for a referendum for South Eastern Region. This is legal and fair game!

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NIGERIA POLITICS: 1999 Constitution Should Be Abolished and Replaced: Ben Nwabueze Elder Statesman

NIGERIA POLITICS: 1999 Constitution Should Be Abolished and Replaced: Ben Nwabueze Elder Statesman

The southern leaders of thought, led by Ben Nwabueze, elder statesman, says:

“It is sad that, while a clamour for restructuring is reaching a crescendo and is sweeping across the country, the National Assembly is still regaling us with talks about constitution amendment, and is buttressing its position by the erroneous assertion that the 1999 Constitution can only be amended or altered (sections 8 and 9), but cannot be abolished and replaced by a new constitution. The view that the 1999 constitution cannot be completely abolished and replaced by a new constitution is erroneous because the National Assembly fails to take into account the fact that the 1999 constitution is only a schedule to Decree 24 of 1999.”

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ANGOLA POLITICS: Election Update: MPLA Takes Commanding Lead

ANGOLA POLITICS: Election Update: MPLA Takes Commanding Lead

The MPLA calculated earlier on Thursday that after checking 5 million votes it was on course for the two-thirds majority that is required to govern alone.

“We can affirm that the future president will be comrade João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço,” João Martins, party secretary for political and electoral affairs, told reporters.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: ‘Police Better Controlled By State Not Federal Government’: Rotimi Akeredolu, Abdullahi Ganduje

NIGERIA POLITICS: ‘Police Better Controlled By State Not Federal Government’: Rotimi Akeredolu, Abdullahi Ganduje

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said, “This country is vast and I say it boldly, we cannot continue to be under one command of the police. It is most ineffective and it will remain ineffective. There’s no way you talk about this country, as large as we are, and you take order from the IG on security in Abuja or you have men deployed in your state who are not familiar with the terrain, it does not work.”

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said, “The governors are looking for the control of the security; we are not only looking for the control of the police, we are also looking for the budget that is supposed to be given to the police.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Cancels Federal Executive Council Meeting

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Cancels Federal Executive Council Meeting

The statement read, “The meeting of the Federal Executive Council will not hold today.

“President Muhammadu Buhari, will however, receive the Report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, at 12 noon, in his office.”

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ANGOLA POLITICS: Angolans Cast their Votes for First New Leader in 38 Years

ANGOLA POLITICS: Angolans Cast their Votes for First New Leader in 38 Years

The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) is expected to remain in power but with a reduced majority. Its support has waned due to widespread political cronyism, though many Angolans remain loyal to the party that emerged victorious from 27 years of civil war in 2002.

“I’ve been following the party (MPLA) all my life. I grew up with it. The other parties don’t have the capacity to govern,” 33-year-old bakery owner Telma Francisco told Reuters outside a polling station in the capital.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari’s Address and the Misfortune of a Nation

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari’s Address and the Misfortune of a Nation

Rather than empathise with Nigerians for the failed promises and untold hardship visited on them by his administration, Buhari squandered the golden opportunity presented by his illness to court the support and cooperation of Nigerians and decided to further alienate himself from the masses.

“Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence” but that is not when you criminalise and threaten such groups who have expressed their grievances without taking up arms against the State.

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LIBYA POLITICS: Armed Group Stopping Migrant Boats Leaving Libya

LIBYA POLITICS: Armed Group Stopping Migrant Boats Leaving Libya

The power of the smuggling networks would not be broken until there was a “legitimate source of order” in Libya, said a senior diplomat, speaking of the change in Tripoli airport and comparing the situation to broken vase.

“In one corner we stuck it together, but everything else is in pieces.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Says No Room For Biafra, Boko Haram, Niger Delta Militants Activists in Nigeria

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Says No Room For Biafra, Boko Haram, Niger Delta Militants Activists in Nigeria

Since Buhari traveled to London for treatment, campaign groups have stepped up calls for a separate southeastern state known as Biafra. Militants and community groups have called for the independence of the restive southern Niger Delta oil hub. Islamist Boko Haram militants are fighting for a separate caliphate in the northeast. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said:

“I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble,” Buhari adding that some ethnic violence was “fueled by political mischief makers”.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Churchill Okonkwo: A Contemptuous Ingrate Don’t Take Yoruba Kindness For Weakness, We’re Not Weak!

NIGERIA POLITICS: Churchill Okonkwo: A Contemptuous Ingrate Don’t Take Yoruba Kindness For Weakness, We’re Not Weak!

No one ever went broke overestimating the ungratefulness of shameless proselyte like Okonkwo the pathetic crybaby and an embarrassment to Ndigbo. Okonkwo’s article not only reads like the field notes of an oddly lyrical skid-row ethnologist, but a lurid prose devoid of reason and intelligent thinking full of heresy and hoopla.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

In Harare, Robert Mugabe’s wife has also acquired another property in the plush suburb of Hellensvale for $4,5 million. The real-estate deal between Grace’s family and a local resident Jan Teede and his wife Fiona Campbell has been finalised. It is unclear where Grace Robert and her family are getting such large sums of money. Their known loss-making businesses and meagre official incomes are unlikely to fund this. President Robert Mugabe says he earns $12 000 per month, a salary which makes him “the poorest president in the world”, according to Grace. Grace Mugabe has been splurging millions of dollars despite the fact that her family’s only known business, a dairy company, has been loss-making since 2013.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

NIGERIA POLITICS: Biafra Exit: In Defence of Election Boycott

Incidentally, the IPOB’s resolve to massively mobilize the people for full compliance with its declaration to kick start the boycott of elections with the November 8, 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state is, to say the least, a right decision in the right direction. As a matter of public knowledge, it is a trite fact that in democracy sovereignty resides with the people, in much the same way the people are known to be the primary source of legitimacy.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Return to Nigeria After Sick Leave in London: Presidency

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Return to Nigeria After Sick Leave in London: Presidency

Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, said in a statement on Saturday, “President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London. President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m (0700 BST) on Monday, August 21.”

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