2023: U.S. threatens to impose visa restriction on promoters of violence

The United States of America says it will impose visa restrictions on anyone who promotes violence as Nigeria holds its general elections in 2023. America’s 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”, held at Johns Hopkins University, United States. The conference, which held at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC,  virtually, brought together Nigerian and American policy communities to discuss issues around the…

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Putin says ‘no other way’ to defend Russia other than invading Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow had no other choice but to invade Ukraine to ensure Russia’s security, speaking hours after his army crossed his ex-Soviet neighbour’s borders. “What was happening left us with no choice”, the Russian leader said, during a televised meeting with business representatives, adding that “we had no other way of proceeding”. In a video grab taken from a handout footage made available yesterday, on the official website of the Russian President (kremlin.ru), President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow.…

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Covid-19: Over 1m people tested positive around the world on Wednesday

…As Pope scraps New Year’s Nativity visit Over one million people tested positive for Covid-19 around the world on Wednesday, a new record. Many health officials believe the number to be much higher, with many people testing positive using at-home kits which may not be recorded in the official count. Meanwhile, Pope Francis has cancelled his traditional New Year’s Eve visit to the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square over concerns of spreading Coronavirus among the gathered crowds, the Vatican said yesterday. The pontiff is normally met by well-wishers when…

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Civil Marriage: Non-Muslim couple tie the knot for the first time in UAE

The United Arab Emirate, UAE, has issued its first civil marriage license for a non-Muslim couple as the Gulf country seeks to keep its edge over regional competitors.  The UAE, where foreigners make up 90 percent of the approximately 10-million population, has been amending its laws to present itself as a modernising force in a largely conservative region.  The Canadian couple were the first to marry under a new law on the personal status of non-Muslims in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi.  The move is seen to contribute to the consolidation of…

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Issue harmful New Year prophecies and go to jail, Ghana Police warn religious leaders

Police authorities in Ghana have warned religious leaders to measure their utterances during New Year messages or they risk a jail term of seven years. Ghana Police disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Ghana Police Service Statement On Communication Of Prophecies And Their Legal Implications’ and released on Monday. The authorities said, over the years, communication of prophecies of harm, danger, and death, by some religious leaders, has created tension and panic in the Ghanaian society and put the lives of many people in fear and danger. They, therefore, urged…

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1.5 million Nigerians in Italy unable to get Nigerian passport – Nigerians in Diaspora

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, Europe, (NIDO-Europe), Italy chapter, have revealed that about 1.5 million out of its 3 million registered members in Italy are affected by the scarcity of Nigerian passports. According to reports, this was disclosed by the Chairman of NIDO-Europe, Italy chapter, George Omo-Iduhon, during an interview yesterday, while reflecting on the activities of NIDOE in Europe and Italy. Omo-Iduhon said there are more Nigerians in Italy than in other European countries and the registered Nigerians according to the database are 3 million asides undocumented ones. Going…

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Covid-19: UAE bans Nigerian passengers, others over Omicron variant

The United Arab Emirates, (UAE), has suspended travellers from Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia from entering the country. The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority and the General Civil Aviation Authority, (GCAA), who announced the decision yesterday, said the suspension is with effect from today, Saturday. The development has created chaos for both in-bound and out-bound passengers, including Nigerians wishing to come home for the Yuletide. According to reports, some passengers have arranged last-minute flight changes to other European, African and US carriers. The new travel rule…

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Omicron: Lockdown in England on the cards as officials draw up plans

Draft regulations are being prepared which would ban meeting others indoors except for work purposes, it’s reported. Officials are drawing up plans for a two-week circuit breaker lockdown after Christmas, reports suggest. The lockdown could include a ban on mixing, both indoors and outdoors. Draft regulations are being prepared which would ban meeting others indoors except for work purposes, and that pubs and restaurants would be limited to outdoor service only, according to The Financial Times. Meanwhile, it reported that Boris Johnson was presented with a number of options on…

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Turkey-Africa Summit: ‘Only joint efforts can defeat terrorism in Africa’, Buhari insists

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, in Istanbul, called on the Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit to provide concrete support to help defeat terrorism and insurgency on the African continent. Speaking at the 3rd edition of the Summit, President Buhari said the Boko Haram terrorist group, though fragmented by internal strife and degraded by Nigeria’s defence forces, is still active and preying on soft targets. The President expressed delight that the Summit convened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has given due consideration to the issue of terrorism, while also focusing on development…

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Nigeria, other African nations removed from U.K. Red list

Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been removed from the UK’s red list countries. The UK government is expected to remove all 11 countries from England’s red list, easing travel restrictions The move is being viewed as a sign that the government accepts Omicron can no longer be contained. It also follows anger from African countries, with the UN describing the ban on non-UK residents entering England as “travel apartheid”. The red list was reintroduced recently as a precaution after the emergence…

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