‘Religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria – Former U.S. ‘ambassador’

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognise this in order to achieve peace, says a former U.S. religious freedom ambassador. According to former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, who was speaking on the violence in Nigeria, “This thing is going to blow upon us, as we would say: ‘bigger than Dallas’, if we don’t get in there and really start taking this seriously at this point”, on Wednesday. Recall that due to the scope of violence against…

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Buhari-Blinken meeting: FG seeks US help to tackle security challenges

…Asks US to relocate AFRICOM President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for the support of the United States in the move by Nigeria and the West African sub-region to tackle the security challenges bedeviling them. The President, in a virtual meeting held yesterday with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, charged the international community to support Nigeria and the sub-region in tackling growing security challenges to avoid spillovers in order to avoid spillovers. He also urged the United States to consider relocating US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to…

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U.S. Secretary of State to hold talks with President Buhari today

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is expected to hold a virtual meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari today, Tuesday. According to a press statement issued yesterday by Blinken’s spokesman, Ned Price, the U.S. top official will embark on the virtual travel to Africa to speak with President Buhari and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.  Part of the statement reads: “During his visit, Secretary Blinken will meet with President Buhari and Foreign Minister Onyeama to reiterate the value of our bilateral relationship and discuss issues of shared…

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“We can’t confirm Pantami on our watchlist”- US Embassy

With condemnations trailing the alleged linking of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ibrahim Isa Pantami, to Boko Haram and other terrorist groups by a Nigerian newspaper, the Embassy of the United States of America in Abuja could not confirm the allegation. Responding to a request for clarification over a media report linking the Minister to terrorism, the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy could not provide any information but referred newsmen to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), which is the domestic intelligence and security service of…

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Minister Pantami denies having link with terrorists

The Minister of communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has denied having any link with terrorists as alleged in media reports. The report, which was said to have emanated on Sunday, claimed that before his appointment as a minister, Ibrahim was a known Islamic preacher and held what was termed ‘dangerous views’ against US government with allegiance to Al-Qaeda. The minister, while reacting to the report, which went viral, that the United States government allegedly placed him on a watchlist for reported links with Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of…

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#Lekki EndSARS protest: ‘Claims that soldiers killed protesters not verified’ ― US Report

The United States, (US) government has said that the claims that soldiers killed protesters at the Lekki toll gate during the #EndSARS protest could not be verified. In a report issued by the US Department of State, ‘2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nigeria,’ released on March 30, the United States said accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at the end of the year. “On October 20, members of the security forces enforced curfew by firing shots into the air to disperse protesters who…

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Meet the 91-year-old police officer who says he’ll only retire ‘when the good Lord says so’

A 91-year-old police officer in Arkansas, United States, who has no plans to retire anytime soon has said he will only consider retirement when the ‘good Lord says so’. LC Smith, who is known as Buckshot, has spent nearly 60 years working in law enforcement in his hometown of Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock. The veteran officer, who turns 92 next month, currently works for the Camden Police Department and is the oldest active police officer in the state. When asked when he will step down, Smith…

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Douglas Emhoff’s new role as ‘second gentleman’ added to dictionary

Merriam Webster has added the term “second gentleman” to its dictionaries to describe the role of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff. The definition for the new term is “the husband or male partner of a vice president or second in command of a country or jurisdiction’’. Emhoff, an entertainment lawyer, is the nation’s first second gentleman and is also the first Jewish spouse in the White House. “I might be the first but I won’t be the last,’’ Emhoff wrote on Twitter above a link to the…

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NIGERIANS IN S/AFRICA WANT NIGERIA TO ADOPT U.S. VOTING SYSTEM

The Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), has underscored the need for Nigeria and other African countries to adopt the U.S. voting system in elections, to promote democratic growth. The President of NICASA, Ben Okoli made this known in a telephone interview today. Okoli commended the use of technology in the U.S. voting system, noting that it had contributed to electoral efficiency in that country. According to him, the Federal Government can equally learn from such experience to achieve the much desired goals for its seemingly nascent democracy. He…

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Edo election: US congratulates INEC, security agencies

The United States on Wednesday congratulated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the conduct of the Edo State governorship election. It however expressed concern over reports of some violence, vote-buying and intimidation of both voters and civil society domestic observers during the election. The US Mission in Abuja in a statement issued Wednesday, said it recognised the critical role that Governor Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu played in promoting peace, while also commending the civil society partners for their invaluable work in upholding democracy and…

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