Nigeria, others face severe food, energy and finance crisis – UN chief

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has warned that the Ukraine conflict may cause a social and economic crisis in Nigeria and other countries of the world. The conflict, combined with other crises, is threatening to unleash “an unprecedented wave of hunger and destitution, leaving social and economic chaos in its wake,” Guterres said on Wednesday, at the launch of a second report by the Global Crisis Response Group on ‘Food, Energy and Finance over the Ukraine conflict’. “Food prices are at near-record highs. Fertiliser prices have more than…

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survives confidence vote

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has survived a confidence vote that could have seen him removed from power. Despite serious discontent within his Conservative Party, Johnson yesterday won a vote of confidence by 211 to 148 votes. Winning the vote means that Johnson is now immune from a leadership challenge for another year. The confidence vote was yesterday triggered by Conservative Party official Graham Brady, who announced that he had received letters calling for a no-confidence vote from at least 54 Conservative Party members of parliament – enough to trigger…

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“I’ll ensure a secure, prosperous Nigeria”, Buhari tells foreign businesses

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured foreigners doing business in Nigeria that there will be a safe, secure and prosperous country. At a meeting yesterday in Madrid, Spain, with executives of two Spanish companies doing business in Nigeria, including GB Foods, which grows tomatoes in Kebbi State and employs about 5,000 people, he pledged that the entire country would be secured, noting that it is one of the cardinal objectives of the administration. According to a statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, Buhari also assured…

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UK records 529% surge in sponsored study visas granted to Nigerians

…From 9,355 to 58,887 The number of Nigerian students granted sponsored study visas to the UK has increased by over 100 percent in one year. According to the UK government, which disclosed this yesterday in a report stating the country’s immigration statistics as of March 2022, Nigeria accounts for 25% of the total number of foreign nationals who are on scholarships in the country. It stated that within a year — June 2020 to June 2021 — the number of Nigerian students in the UK who received sponsored grants doubled…

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2023 Political Thuggery: US to impose visa restriction on promoters of violence

The United States (US) has said it will impose visa restrictions on anyone who promotes violence as Nigeria holds its general election in 2023. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Michael Gonzales, handed out the warning at an international conference, with the theme: ‘United States Policy and Nigeria’s National Decisions in the 2023 Elections’, which was held at Johns Hopkins University, United States. The conference, held virtually at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) ,in Washington DC, brought together Nigerian and American policy communities to discuss the…

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UN chief welcomes peaceful elections in Somalia

FARMAJO, HASSAN SHEIK OF SOMALIA

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Monday welcomed the peaceful presidential elections held in Somalia on Sunday and congratulated the president-elect. Guterres, in a statement by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, congratulated the President-elect, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, on his election as the 10th president of Somalia. The 66-year-old politician prevailed against 35 candidates in the election for the country’s highest office, including the incumbent president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who had replaced Mohamud in power in February 2017. Parliamentary and presidential elections were long overdue in Somalia, where Farmajo’s term expired in…

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Lebanese opposition makes unexpected gains in parliamentary elections

Lebanese opposition groups made some unexpected gains in parliamentary elections in crisis-ridden Lebanon, against major political groups they blame for the country’s economic woes, preliminary unofficial results showed on Monday. The early results from Sunday’s elections also showed that the pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement has lost major allies in Mount Lebanon and south and north Lebanon, to members of some opposition groups, which could lead the movement to lose its majority in the 128-member parliament. According to the preliminary results quoted by Lebanese media, the opposition managed to snatch around 10 seats.…

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected UAE president

The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s long-time de facto ruler, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was yesterday elected as president, official media said, a day after the death of former leader Sheikh Khalifa. Sheikh Mohamed was elected by the Federal Supreme Council, WAM news agency said, becoming the ruler of the oil-rich country founded by his father in 1971. Sheikh Mohamed, often known as ‘MBZ’, met members of the Federal Supreme Council, made up of rulers of the UAE’s seven emirates, as the oil-rich country enters a period of mourning…

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WHO confirms 3rd Ebola case in northwest Congo

Health authorities have confirmed a third Ebola case in the city of Mbandaka in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The 48-year-old man is a high-risk contact of the first patient, who died on April 21, said the WHO on Twitter. The current outbreak is Congo’s 14th in the history of the hemorrhagic fever. Health workers started Ebola vaccinations last week in Mbandaka, the capital of Congo’s Equateur province. Responders have identified 444 contacts of the confirmed cases and are monitoring their health,…

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Guinea orders legal proceedings against ousted President Conde

Guinea’s Attorney General has ordered legal proceedings against ousted President Alpha Conde and 26 of his former officials over violence surrounding Conde’s disputed bid for a third term, according to a court document. Conde, 84, was overthrown in a military coup in September by officers who now run the West African country. Anger against him had mounted after he altered the constitution to run for re-election in 2020, which he won. The charges against Conde and his allies include complicity in murder and assault, sexual violence, and forced disappearances arising…

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