Nairobi: At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H, H.E. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, paid a State Visit to the Republic of Kenya from 5th-7th September, 2013.
Abuja: Nigeria has faulted the timing of the United Nations’ intervention in the peacekeeping efforts in Mali, since ECOWAS troops and African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) have done the job already by restoring peace, stabilising the country and conducting elections. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim, made this assertion yesterday, when the African Union (AU) Assessment Team to ECOWAS Commission on the level of preparedness towards the AU Standby Force (ASF) led by Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, visited the Ministry of Defence, Abuja.
Abuja: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to a treaty, which established common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. In a paper presented at the signing and ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by Nigeria in New York and made available to The Guardian Tuesday, the minister said the Nigerian government has continued to partner with like-minded states on the future implementation of the treaty, ensure peace and security in the country, the ECOWAS sub-region, Africa and the world at large. He stated that government remained resolute and unyielding in the efforts to uphold the principles of ATT and ensure that small arms and light weapons were appropriately transferred and access denied to terrorist groups, pirates and bandits.
Abuja: President Goodluck Jonathan congratulates President Robert Mugabe on his victory in last week’s presidential elections in Zimbabwe as announced by the country’s electoral commission at the weekend. As President Mugabe and his party, ZANU-PF celebrate their victory at the polls, President Jonathan urges them to rededicate themselves to working for the well-being and progress of all Zimbabweans. The President also calls on President Mugabe to ensure that all persons and parties who oppose the conduct of the polls and the announced results are given every opportunity to seek lawful redress as allowed by the country’s electoral laws and constitution.
Lagos: Naval chiefs from thirteen countries of the Gulf of Guinea are to meet in Calabar, Cross River State to examine ways of curbing growing maritime crimes especially crude oil theft. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) recently said the country experienced a drop in oil revenue of about $1.23 (N191 billion) basically due to theft and pipeline vandalism. The Nigeria naval headquarters said in a statement yesterday that Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba and his counterparts from Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Benin Republic, Senegal, Togo, Gabon, Cameroun and Sao Tome and Principe as well as the Commanders, United States African Command and the US Naval Forces Africa will make presentations on maritime crimes at the first ever 'Gulf of Guinea Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Conference' in Calabar between July 29 and 31, 2013.
Abuja: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, in this interview with Bola Olajuwon, disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan’s five days’ official visit to China underscored the subsisting cordial relationship between Nigeria and Beijing. He also spoke on the Memoranda of Understanding signed between the two nations.
Lagos: Contrary to insinuations that Nigeria invited Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to attend last week’s African Union Special Summit on HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria, THISDAY can reveal that the AU may have actually blindsided Nigeria in respect of the visit. The Sudanese leader had arrived in Abuja last Sunday to attend the AU summit, which was to end on Tuesday, but left abruptly on Monday amid calls for his arrest by groups and activists. THISDAY, however, gathered that President Goodluck Jonathan did not write Al-Bashir as he personally invited some other African leaders. Also, the country was not aware the Sudanese president would be attending the summit until a few days before the conference, even though Assembly of Heads of State of AU convened the meeting.
Abuja: President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday in Lagos restated the opposition of Nigeria and the African Union to the unconstitutional removal of any democratically-elected government. Speaking during an audience with Ambassador Raouf Saad, Special Envoy of the Interim President of Egypt, Mr. Adly Mansour at the State House, Marina, President Jonathan declared that the Federal Government maintains its stand that only the electorate in any country have the constitutional right to remove an elected leader.
Washington: Many countries in Africa and globally that are rich in oil, gas and other minerals are mired in poverty because the public revenues earned from selling these resources are being squandered through corruption and lack of government accountability. In 2010, the value of exports of oil and minerals from Africa was worth $333 billion, about six times the value of exported agricultural products ($55 billion) and nearly seven times the value of international aid ($48 billion). Such resource wealth has the potential to lift many of the world’s poorest out of poverty and bring about significant development opportunities.