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Finally, Mugabe announces retirement

Finally, Mugabe announces retirement

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe , has finally announced his retirement. The Zimbabwean president has always maintained that he would die in office. Speaking to a group of war veterans at the weekend, Mugabe admitted that the country’s economy is crumbling and said he would retire. The Southern African country’s currency is in poor shape and

Crisis erupts in Gabon after Bongo narrowly wins re-election

Gabon’s president Ali Bongo was declared winner Thursday of contested weekend elections, extending half-a-century of rule by the Bongo family which sparked clashes in the Central African nation. Protesters shouting “Ali must go!” tried to storm the offices of the election commission shortly after authorities announced his re-election by a narrow majority. Security forces used

We will abide by ICJ’s decision on Nigeria/Cameroon border demarcation – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his administration will abide by the decision of the International Court of Justice on the Nigeria- Cameroon border. A statement issued by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja when he received a United Nations

Suicide attack kills five Libyan fighters

Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed government said five of its fighters were killed on Thursday in a suicide car bomb outside Sirte, the local stronghold of the Islamic State extremist militia. The bomb was targeted at the security gate of the town of Abugrein, located west of Sirte, a government media centre reported, without giving

Sub-Saharan African universities brainstorm on creating skilled work force

No fewer than 43 sub-Saharan African universities on Tuesday in Abuja began discussion on how to create skilled work force for the sub-region. The two-day workshop was organised by the World Bank Education Team for Sub-Saharan Africa in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the National Universities Commission (NUC). It is entitled

European Union to pay £35million to 8 African countries in secret deal to quell migration

The UK Daily Mail has disclosed a secret deal between the EU and the leaders of eight African countries in its bid to stop migration. Under the agreements, the countries get £35 million to facilitate the prevention of migration to the EU. Apparently, the EU felt its reputation will be damaged if the deal became

Buhari, Hollande, Biya, others to meet in Abuja over Boko Haram

President Mohammadu Buhari will be playing host to a security summit in Abuja on Saturday. A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina revealed that the French President, Francois Hollande and President Paul Biya of Cameroon will arrive Friday for the regional summit. The statement also revealed that representatives of the United States, Britain, Equatorial Guinea,

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs Anti-doping Bill into law

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday signed the Anti –doping bill into law at State House in Nairobi for the upcoming 2016 Rio  Olympics Games for Brazil. The Bill signed into Law is to meet the  deadline before May set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) for   2016 Olympics in August. The President speaking at

Nigeria, Cameroon troops clear more Boko Haram hideouts

Nigerian troops of 152 and 155 Task Force Battalions at Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) from Cameroon, have conducted a massive joint clearance operation of suspected Boko Haram terrorists along Nigeria-Cameroon borders. A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said during the operation, the troops

Buhari assures Burundi of support to end crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday urged the people and Government of Burundi to explore dialogue in resolving the current political differences in the country. Buhari said this while receiving the former Burundian President, Mr. Pierre Buyoya, at the State House, Abuja. According to the President, Nigeria would continue to support peace processes in the continent through

Buhari advises South Sudan against relying on oil to grow economy

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged the South Sudanese government to invest more in agriculture and not to be solely dependent on oil revenues to grow the nation’s economy. Receiving the outgoing South Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Makuet Riak, at the State House in Abuja on Monday, Buhari said South Sudan can avoid the

AfDB advocates African unity, seeks abolishment of intra-Africa visa

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina has advocated the abolishment of intra-Africa visa. Addressing some 500 CEOs from 43 African countries and 20 more worldwide, he said, “The ‘Africa rising’ story remains strong. Yes, African economies face economic headwinds from the significant decline in the price of commodities … but African

I want to live till 100yrs, no successor yet – Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, says his successor must be chosen democratically and that his wife would not automatically inherit the role. He said on Monday in Harare that this was a serious warning to feuding members of the ZANU-PF party and that he is still in charge after 36 years in power. “Why successor, I

South Africa to withdraw troops from Sudan’s Darfur region

South Africa is set to withdraw its troops from peacekeeping operations in Sudan’s Darfur region, President Jacob Zuma’s office said on Wednesday. The president’s office said in a statement issued in Johannesburg that “members of the South African National Defence Force were employed in Darfur in 2008 as part of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in

Buhari meets Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the international community to continue to assist Northeast Nigeria following the Boko Haram insurgency. The President was speaking after holding meetings with the Liberian President, Ms Johnson Ellen Sirleaf who came to Nigeria to thank Buhari for the support her country received from Nigeria, following the Ebola disease outbreak.

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