In different tweets on Monday, former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) kingpin Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Thuli Madosela and musicians AKA and Casper Nyovest, suggested that the South African government and other nations should intervene to stop the arrest and human rights violations. Public Policy 

EFF expresses solidarity with Nigerian protesters, condemns Buhari government

By Jonisayi Maromo Pretoria – The Julius Malema-led Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday saluted the “young lions” of Nigeria for intensifying the fight against police brutality under the banner of #EndSARS. The protests now included “a more cogent revolutionary struggle” against corruption, maladministration and bad governance that has characterised Nigeria over decades, it said. EFF national spokesperson Delisile Ngwenya said in a statement that Nigeria had seen seven military takeovers of governance, including two of its former military rulers turned democratically elected heads of state – former president Olusegun…

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AU Chair Ramaphosa urged to intervene in Nigeria crisis

The IFP has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as African Union chair, to urgently intervene in the ongoing and escalating violence in Nigeria. The IFP wants Ramaphosa to raise the matter at the UN Security Council and to call for an extraordinary meeting with the Economic Community of West African States, regional block, in order to ensure the stability of the West African region is not threatened. This comes amid reports that citizens of Nigeria claim the government has been using military force against innocent civilians. A…

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Tributes 

Nigeria Reggae Legend Majek Fashek dies at 57

    By GBENGA BADA   REGGAE star Majek Fashek joyfully sang “Majek Fashek in the New York” and the gifted musician died in a hospital in the American city on Monday around 5:45 pm. after a health crisis that lasted nine months— September 2019 till June 2020. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Fashek introduced the world to a softer-edged style of reggae which he touted as ‘kpangolo music’ in 1988 on his debut album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’. His influences included Jimi Hendrix to Bob Marley and Fela Anikulapo Kuti. In…

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“We have to grow up. We cannot blame Europe and America for our problems; we have mismanaged our economy, we have misplaced our priorities, we have not understood the importance of development. We think these roads and bridges are developments and not the human beings. “How much are we spending in an attempt to give ourselves cheap fuel? $3billion or $4billion a year? So-called petroleum subsidy? Imagine putting that money into education or into power or industry. That won’t deal with migration unless we have jobs. Why can’t we have electricity?” Public Policy 

Nigeria spends about $4billion annually on fuel subsidy

Money that could help the poor: EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURE AND HEALTH The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has lamented that the richest man in Africa is from Nigeria and ironically, the country “is also the poverty capital of the world”. According to him, Nigeria had no basis for spending $3billion to $4billion annually on fuel subsidy. Speaking at the launch of “From Frying Pan to Fire”, written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi in Abuja on Thursday, Sanusi claimed Nigeria is now the headquarters of poverty…

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Born in the UK, Arimah grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and her debut collection What it Means When A Man Falls From The Sky won the 2017 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and was selected for the New York Times/PBS book club among other honours. She is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing. She lives in Las Vegas. News 

Nigerian Lesley Nneka Arimah wins £10,000 Caine Prize

    Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Skinned’. The chair of the Caine Prize judging panel, internationally acclaimed Kenyan author and poet Dr Peter Kimani, revealed Lesley as the winner of the £10,000 prize at an award dinner at Senate House, University of London last night (Monday 8th July).  ‘Skinned’, published in American literary journal McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern (Issue 53), envisions a society in which young girls are ceremonially ‘uncovered’ and must marry in order to regain…

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In a place where poverty is eternally grinding, where hunger is the norm with xenophobia being the order of the day, and terrorism tearing the fabrics of the societies, how can social and economic freedom and political accuracy be achieved? Answers to these questions were provided in the keynote paper delivered by Professor Aja Akpuru-Aja, of the Abia State University, Uturu, whose theme dwelt on Pan-Africanism, the African Union and continental security: Matters Arising. Op-ed 

Pan Africanism Taking Hold In Nigeria

    Pan-Africanism in the areas of arts, music, politics, entertainment, film-making, leadership was the theme of the just-concluded international conference in Abuja on Pan-Africanism and the Forging of a New African Identity in the 21st Century. Edozie Udeze who attended the two-day event, writes on the proceedings that raised new hopes on Pan-Africanism and its many affiliates For two days last week, scholars, historians, political scientists, theatre artistes, music teachers and literary scholars from Nigeria and other parts of the world, gathered in Abuja, essentially to dwell on the…

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Former police Boss, Chris Massaquoi, is under police probe in connection to the death of Journalist Tyron Brown. According to reports, Jonathan Williams, the suspected murderer of the journalist, told police investigators that he immediately called Mr. Massaquoi who drove on the scene, where the deceased was killed. News 

Orogun family wants Kailondo in police custody give motive

Amid tears,the remains of a Nigerian banker, Daniel Orogun, who died in Liberia was at the weekend interred at the Ikoyi Vaults, Lagos. Orogun who was Managing Director (MD) of Guarantee Trust Bank’s (GTB) Liberia branch was said to have drowned in a Liberia river on January 24, while on a boat cruise with his wife, three children as well as a bank customer, George Kailondo who invited them for dinner and three others. But Orogun’s family who spoke last Thursday for the first time since he died, said the…

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Sports 

Sunday Oliseh Quits Nigeria

Nigeria’s Olympic team coach Samson Siasia will take charge for the Super Eagles’ upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after Sunday Oliseh resigned, the country’s football federation said on Friday. Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical committee chairman Chris Green announced the appointments in the capital Abuja in the wake of Oliseh’s departure. The 41-year-old coach quit overnight, citing unpaid wages and contractual breaches, throwing Nigeria’s qualification into doubt for next year’s AFCON tournament in Gabon. Nigeria’s Olympic team coach Samson Siasia (pictured) will take charge for the Super Eagles’ upcoming…

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Ahmed Musa: Leicester still want Nigerian after bid rejected

Premier League leaders Leicester City still want to sign Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa despite having an initial bid rejected by CSKA Moscow, BBC Sport understands. The Russian side have rejected a $21.6m (£15.1m) offer as they hold out for a fee closer to their $27m (£18.9m) valuation of the forward. The 23-year-old is believed to be open to a move to Leicester. The Nigeria captain has a $32.5m (£22.8m) buyout clause in his contract, which runs until 2019. Leicester are expected to return with an improved bid for the player before…

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Nigeria vows to jail corrupt judges, seize stolen assets

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, said in Lagos on Tuesday that judges found to have corruptly enriched themselves would be prosecuted, jailed and would lose to the state any asset they acquired with such stolen funds. Mr. Malami, who was the special guest at the launch of a report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) titled, “Go home and sin no more: Corrupt judges escaping from justice in Nigeria”, said judges should be beyond reproach. “Considering the pivotal role that they play in the…

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