Washington: Within the next few days, Nigeria is expected to announce that it is now the largest economy in Africa, surpassing South Africa. One will need to look carefully at the calculations, but the announcement should come as little surprise. Nigeria is a booming market, and contains nearly one-fourth of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa. Its population is four times that of South Africa and its markets are more open to new investment than is South Africa. Why Nigeria feels it necessary to recalibrate its economic data may have more to do with internal domestic politics and less to do with South Africa, its rival for leadership of the African continent.
Abuja: President Goodluck Jonathan Monday tasked members of the legislative arm of government within the African continent not to do anything that could lead to the collapse of democracy. President Jonathan who gave the warning in Abuja while declaring open the 1st Africa Legislative Summit 2013 organised by the National assembly in collaboration with the National Institute for Legislative Studies, with the theme, “Emerging Legislatures in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities” also said that despite the progress made in the continent, there were still threats to democracy in some countries.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling on States to keep their borders open for Nigerians fleeing the escalating violence in their country and who may be in need of international protection.
New York: South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia and Libya yesterday addressed the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it discussed macroeconomic policy questions. Other participants included Fiji (on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China), Cuba (on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States), Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Russian Federation, and the United States.
Lagos: Nigeria will today present a progress report on the situation of human rights in the country before the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The occasion, which is the 17th Session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group, of the Human Rights will afford other countries opportunity to ask questions on the situation of human rights from the Nigerian delegation likely to be led by the Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN). Investigations by THISDAY yesterday, which is covering the session, indicated that Nigeria would among other issues state what it had done with respect to reducing poverty, decongesting prisons and strengthening of the judicial system.
Abuja: Nigeria’s candidature for the Security Council seat by a vast majority of member-countries is an expression of support and encouragement for Nigeria’s active participation in the promotion of peace, security and political stability in Africa and across the world, President Goodluck Jonathan has said. The President also welcomed Nigeria’s election to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council with a total of 186 out of a possible 193 votes. This is the fourth time since independence in 1960 that Nigeria is being elected to the UN Security Council. It is also the second time (2010-2011 and 2014-2015) that Nigeria will be elected to the Council under the Jonathan Presidency.
Abuja: Nigeria and Brazil on Tuesday in Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their bilateral cooperation on trade and investment. Mr Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, signed on behalf of Nigeria, while Mr Ricardo Shaefer, his Brazilian counterpart on Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, signed for his country. The agreement aims at enhancing and strengthening bilateral cooperation on the promotion and facilitation of trade and investment between both countries.
Addis Ababa: President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that Nigeria is disappointed with the bias the International Criminal Court (ICC), has shown by ignoring the request for deferral for prosecution in a number of cases by the African Union (AU). Jonathan stated this at the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of States and Government of African Union, to discuss Africa's relationship with the ICC, especially issues concerning the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. President Jonathan said the ICC, if at all it is concerned about the implied allegation of bias, has not taken enough proactive steps to address it and allay the fears of concerned stakeholders, adding "we think it should".
United Nations: President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigeria’s election to the UN Security Council will further enhance international peace and security. Addressing the UN General Assembly’s high-level debate at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Jonathan made a strong case for Nigeria’s election to the council. He noted that the country’s performance on previous occasions when it held a non-permanent seat on the council was commendable.
Lagos: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has cleared Nigeria of any charge on its failure to arrest President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan in July when he attended the African Union (AU) summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Nigeria. In a statement from the foreign affairs ministry, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), presided over by Justice (Judge) Ekaterina Trendafilova has ruled that Nigeria has justifiable reasons for its failure to arrest President Al-Bashir of Sudan in Nigeria during the visit.