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Nigerian Air Force undergo special training with British officers to frustrate Boko Haram (photos) – NAIJ.COM

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Hands Over U.S.$1 Million Donation to AU From Cattle Sales

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Robert Mugabe.

President Robert Mugabe on Monday handed over a cheque for $1 million to the African Union, after he and his supporters sold hundreds of cattle in support of the continental body.

At the opening ceremony of the AU's heads of state and government meeting in Addis Ababa on Monday morning, Mugabe said his initial pledge of 300 cattle to the bloc two years ago had caught on among his party and people.

'A very noble cause'

"When I returned to Zimbabwe and informed my party and people of this pledge, they said to me, 'Ah... Comrade Mugabe, Comrade President, this is a very innovative idea for a very noble cause and we would like to be part of it'," Mugabe said in comments carried by state ZBC radio.

"I was most gratified that this noble cause had resonated well with my party and people who made it possible for my initial pledge to be more than doubled," he added.

The radio said the president's donation was the highlight of the opening ceremony because it showed "it is indeed possible for the continent to be self-reliant and not depend on foreign donors".

No precise figure on the total number of cattle sold was given, although Zimbabwe's foreign minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi was quoted in Monday's state-run Herald newspaper as saying it was "thousands".

Mumbengegwi said beneficiaries of Zimbabwe's land reform programme had donated the animals, which were then auctioned off across the country.

'A store of wealth'

In his comments to the AU on Monday Mugabe said the idea of donating cattle had been a natural one for him.

"A donation of cattle came naturally to me given that our continent is rich in cattle and cattle are held as a store of wealth," he said.

Mugabe, who was AU chairperson from 2015-2016, has often called for the body to be self-funded.

Roughly 60% of the bloc's funding comes from donors, rather than member states, according to the Herald.

Source: News24

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Obasanjo calls for end to bloodshed, sacrifices in Nigeria – NAIJ.COM

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Alleged Boko Haram Sponsorship: Court acquits Ndume, quashes charges – Vanguard

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Osinbajo, eminent Nigerians canvas new policing system at Arase’s Book Launch – Vanguard

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Nigeria’s Igbo leaders reject call for Biafra state

Nigeria's Igbo leaders reject call for Biafra state

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many Igbo people accuse the government of failing to develop their areas

Powerful Igbo leaders in Nigeria have rejected calls for the breakaway state of Biafra to be created for their ethnic group in the south-east.

Their intervention is seen as an attempt to defuse escalating tensions between rival communities in Nigeria.

However, a pro-secessionist group says it will press ahead with its campaign.

Security forces have killed at least 150 people since August 2015 to quell pro-independence protests, Amnesty International says.

The campaign has also fuelled tension in northern Nigeria, where some youth groups have retaliated by threatening to expels Igbos who live there.

So, the statement by Igbo leaders pledging loyalty to Nigeria could help ease tension in the north, says the BBC's Naziru Mikailu in the capital, Abuja.

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Following a specially convened meeting in the Igbo heartland of Enugu city to discuss the crisis, state governors, lawmakers, traditional and religious leaders issued a statement on Sunday to give their "full support" to a "united Nigeria".

However, the statement called for the vast and oil-rich West African state to be "restructured" to achieve a "a just and equitable society".

Many people in the south-east accuse successive governments of failing to develop their areas.

Image caption Areas which pro-secessionist groups want as their own homeland

The pro-independence Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (Massob) said the meeting failed to reflect the views of the Igbo people.

"We want Biafra and nothing but Biafra. Nigeria must disintegrate. Her faulty foundation has broken beyond repair," Massob said in a statement.

Massob is one of the main groups leading the independence campaign.

On 30 May, many people in cities and towns across the south-east stayed at home to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra.

The 1967 declaration led to a brutal civil war, which claimed the lives of up to a million people, before the secessionist rebellion was defeated by government forces.


Biafra at a glance:

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Media captionNigeria's Biafra leader in 1969 urges on his 'brave boys'First republic of Biafra was declared by Nigerian military officer Odumegwu-Ojukwu in 1967 He led his mainly ethnic Igbo forces into a deadly three-year civil war that ended in 1970 More than one million people lost their lives, mostly because of hunger Decades after Biafra uprising was quelled by the military, secessionist groups have attracted the support of many young people They feel Nigeria's central government is not investing in the region The government says their complaints are not particular to the south-east

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Former Yobe Governor Who Introduced Sharia In August 2000 Admits He Is The Person Caught In Scandalous Sex … – SaharaReporters.com

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Maitama Sule died when Nigeria needed him most – Wabara, others – Vanguard

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How Justice Ngwuta used false age to obtain multiple passports – NIS – Vanguard

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Africa: New WHO Chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Takes Office

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The new head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

By Ayodamola Owoseye

Tedros Ghebreyesus, who was recently elected the World Health Organization's, WHO Director-General, resumed for a 5 years term Saturday.

Mr. Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian medical doctor, was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia and is the first African to occupy the position.

He was elected with the highest vote in May during the 70th World Health Assembly, defeating two other candidates vying for the position.

It was also the first time the health assembly selected a director-general from among multiple candidates.

There had been fears that Mr. Ghebreyesus would not get enough votes to become the D-G as there had been a political drama in Geneva which caused tension among health experts, who feared politics could outweigh accountability and experience.

His candidacy had been attacked at last-minute and this had raised questions about whether wealthy western powers were prepared to accept African leadership of global health institutions, as he was accused of covering up some epidemic outbreaks in his country during his tenure as a minister.

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Mr. Ghebreyesus says he will focus on five main areas of work during his tenure.

They are: achieving universal health coverage; strengthening the capacity of national authorities and local communities to detect, prevent and manage health emergencies; improving the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents; addressing the health impacts of climate and environmental change; and building a transformed, transparent and accountable WHO.

"I believe the global commitment to sustainable development - enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals - offers a unique opportunity to address the social, economic and political determinants of health and improve the health and wellbeing of people everywhere," he said.

The new DG said achieving this vision will require a strong, effective WHO that is able to meet emerging challenges and achieve the health objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals.

'We need a WHO - fit for the 21st century - that belongs to all, equally. We need a WHO that is efficiently managed, adequately resourced and results driven, with a strong focus on transparency, accountability and value for money," he added.

WHO Director-General is the chief technical and administrative officer who oversees the policy for the organisation's international health work.

Before becoming WHO DG, Mr. Ghebreyesus had previously served as Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia and as Board Chair of the Global Fund and Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

He succeeded Margaret Chan, who had been WHO's Director-General for 10 years, since January 1, 2007.

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Nigeria: Donald Trump Hosts Two Chibok Girls

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United States President, Donald Trump, and his daughter, Ivanka, recently met with two Chibok girls at the White House.

By Priscilla Alabi

The U.S. President, Donald Trump, and his daughter, Ivanka, met with two Chibok girls, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu on June 27 at the White House.

Bishara, 20, and Pogu, 19 were among 57 girls who escaped from Boko Haram in Borno by jumping off the back of a truck in 2014. The 57 were among over 270 kidnapped from their secondarily school in Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.

The incident sparked global outrage with a campaign hashtag of #bringbackourgirls calling for rescue of the girls.

Majority of the girls have since been freed by the terror group in prisoner swaps with the Nigerian government, although dozens still remain with the Boko Haram.

With the assistance of the Jubilee Campaign, a human rights group in Virginia, the pair relocated to the United States in August 2014. They then transferred to Canyonville Christian Academy in the state of Oregon, where they graduated.

"It's a wonderful school, I enjoyed my senior year because of the wonderful combination of different countries," said Bishara on her Facebook page.

The pair will attend Southeastern University on a full scholarship at the beginning of the upcoming school year.

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