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Strong indications have emerged that the United States has again blocked the Federal Government from acquiring fighter ground attack aircraft considered crucial in the ongoing campaign against Boko Haram in the North-East.

Investigations showed that the US has prevented the military from acquiring the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft from Brazil.

A Presidency source told Punch on Saturday that Nigeria and Brazil were almost striking a deal on the acquisition of the light attack aircraft when the US, which produced the aircraft, prevented the deal.
It was gathered that the leadership of the Armed Forces had taken a decision to replace the ailing Alpha jet platform of the Nigerian Air Force with the newer A-29 Super Tucano.
The source said that the Brazilians, who were initially enthusiastic about the deal, suddenly became reluctant.
The source added the US had told the Brazilians, who acquired 99 of the aircraft from the US firm, Embraer Defence System, that the aircraft deal be put on hold due to human rights issues involving the military.
The US had blocked the immediate past administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan from acquiring Boeing CH-47 Chinok helicopters from Israel in January 2015 purportedly due to human rights issues involving the military.

Like the case of the A-29 Super Tucano, the Boeing CH-47 Chinok helicopters were produced by US firms and could only be sold with approval by the Americans.

The latest development has dimmed indications that the US was relaxing the arms embargo on the country with the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
US Congressman Darrel Isah had said shortly after a meeting with service chiefs and defence authorities in the country in August 2015 that the US had commenced the process of relaxing the embargo on military assistance to the country under the Leahy Law.
The Leahy Law prohibits the US defence sector from providing military assistance to countries involved in rights violations.
The source added that the US Government was not pleased with measures adopted against those accused of human rights abuse in the operational areas of the North-East.
The source said, “The issue of the arms embargo against the country by the US is still in force. The US is helping in the area of training; they also have some of their platforms like the C130 which is so crucial in the campaign and operations of the military.
“However, the surprising thing is that they have again prevented the country from acquiring A29, Super Tucano light attack aircraft from Brazil.
“The US sold the aircraft to the Brazilians but they gave a condition that they could only be resold to other countries with the consent of the US. This means that Brazil must seek the permission of the US to sell.
“The Brazilians were enthusiastic when they visited Nigeria and the impression we had was that they were ready to sell, provided the funds were available.
“Curiously, they later developed cold feet because America started quoting human rights issues to block the deal.
“The aircraft are unique because the plan was to use the A-29 Super Tucano, Fighter Ground Attack aircraft to replace the ailing Alpha jets.
“The Alpha jets are old now; the Alpha jets and the MI helicopter gunships are the two major platforms deployed in the North-East.”
However, it was said that the US had inspected some facilities of the NAF even though the deal was shrouded in uncertainty.
Our correspondent gathered that the prevailing arms blockade had again compelled the government to look in the direction of Asia and Eastern Europe for arms supply to fight Boko Haram.
It was learnt that the Federal Government had paid for 10 Super Mushak trainers from Pakistan expected to arrived the country by the first week of December 2016.
It was further learnt that plans had reached an advanced stage to bring in 12 MI 35M, one of the latest helicopter gunships from Russia.
It was gathered that pilots and technicians who were sent to Russia for training on the use of the sophisticated helicopters had completed training and had returned to the country to await the arrival of the equipment.
Although the military had not changed the plan to replace the Alpha jets with the A-29 attack helicopters, the government was said to be acquiring the MI35m in phases.
PUNCH
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Hillary Clinton blamed FBI director James Comey for her stunning defeat in Tuesday’s presidential election in a conference call with her top campaign funders on Saturday, according to two participants who were on the call.

Clinton was projected by nearly every national public opinion poll as the heavy favorite going into Tuesday’s race. Instead, Republican Donald Trump won the election, shocking many throughout the nation and prompting widespread protests.

Clinton has kept a low profile since her defeat after delivering her concession speech on Wednesday morning.
Clinton told her supporters on Saturday that her team had drafted a memo that looked at the changing opinion polls leading up to the election and that the letter from Comey proved to be a turning point. She said Comey’s decision to go public with the renewed examination of her email server had caused an erosion of support in the upper Midwest, according to three people familiar with the call.
Clinton lost in Wisconsin, the first time since 1984 that the state favored the Republican candidate in a presidential election. Although the final result in Michigan has still not been tallied, it is leaning Republican, in a state that last favored the Republican nominee in 1988.
Comey sent a letter to Congress only days before the election announcing that he was reinstating an investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information when she used a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2012.
Comey announced a week later that he had reviewed emails and continued to believe she should not be prosecuted, but the political damage was already done.
Clinton told donors that Trump was able to seize on both of Comey’s announcements and use them to attack her, according to two participants on the call.
While the second letter cleared her of wrongdoing, Clinton said that reinforced to Trump’s supporters that the system was rigged in her favor and motivated them to mobilize on Election Day.
A spokesperson for the FBI could not immediately be reached for comment.
On the phone call, Dennis Chang, who served as Clinton’s finance chair, said her campaign and the national party had raised more than $900 million from more than 3 million individual donors, according to the two participants who spoke to Reuters.


After running out of US dollar reserves, some Zimbabwean banks have limited cash withdrawals to $50 a day.

A large line snakes its way down the dimly-lit street, as a group of bleary-eyed men wait patiently outside a bank in Zimbabwe’s capital.

Some of them have been coming here for days, spending their nights lying on uncomfortable cardboard boxes in the hope that when morning comes they will be able to withdraw some money amid worsening cash shortages.
“It’s painful,” a young man told Al Jazeera. “We leave our families at home. Sleep put here in the dark, in the cold. We don’t even remember what our beds feel like anymore. It is disgraceful.”

Zimbabwe’s economic crisis is going from bad to worse, forcing hundreds of people to sleep outside their banks to be able to get money. The country adopted the US dollar and South African rand in 2009 after massive inflation wreaked havoc to the economy and rendered the local currency worthless. But banks are now running out of US dollar reserves, and that is leading to massive queues.
Some banks have already limited withdrawals to just $50 a day per person.

“It’s become a way of life,” said Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa, reporting from Harare. 

“Sleeping outside the bank is the only way some Zimbabweans can make sure they get cash.”


The government has announced plans to introduce a local currency called bod notes. It hopes that the cash injection will boost exports, benefit local businesses and ease the suffering of Zimbabwe’s poor population. 


But some economists warn the never ending bank queues may not disappear anytime soon.

“Definitely they will persist unless or until there is an inflow of capital into the country, which is unlikely,” Prosper Chitambara, an economist, told Al Jazeera.
“Without that, the queues will persist.”
Right now, all most people can do is wait and try to get as much money out of their bank as possible once they manage to reach the cashier. 

“More people are planning to spend another uncomfortable night in front of a bank,” said Al Jazeera’s Mutasa.
“They hope tomorrow will be easier; they hope they can withdraw $100, instead of 50. 
“Then they won’t have to do this again … at least until next month.”
Aljazeera

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday evening said the state has the capacity and wherewithal to accommodate those who can dream big and realise their potentials to the fullest.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the unveiling of the Eko Pearl Towers, a 24-storey state-of-the-art residential building, located within the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, said the core objectives of his administration was to create an enabling environment for local and foreign investors alike to thrive.

The Governor, who called up Chief Executive Officer of Eko Pearl Construction Company, Elias Saad, and Chief Executive Officer, Chagoury Group, Ronald Chagoury, to the stage during his remarks at the occasion, appreciated the duo, saying that they believed in the future of Lagos and did not hesitate to invest.
“Lagos State is looking for dreamers, you are more than a dreamer. What you’ve done here is nothing but just to inspire the rest of the city of Lagos saying that if we join hands together, we can do it.
“Lagos is the land of opportunities and many investment opportunities abound in transportation, entertainment and tourism. Our commitment is to create an environment where your investments are secure and profitable,” the governor said.
He said the Eko Atlantic City Project, when completed, would go a long way to create employment and wealth for the people of the state.
The Governor added that aside being a major part of the changing face of Lagos, the project was also one of the most anticipated in the history of Nigeria and Africa.
Describing the unveiling of the Eko Pearl Towers as a remarkable day in the history of Lagos State as the Eko Atlantic City gradually comes to life, Governor Ambode said the structure, in all ramifications, represents the new standard for property development in the State. 
“Eko Pearl Towers, the first residential development in Eko Atlantic City, is a set of high-rise buildings, privately owned & developed by the Eko Pearl Construction Company. I am told that the tower is a collection of deluxe two, three bedroom & penthouse type apartments with Sea and Marina views.
As we can see, this is a magnificent pearl by all standards, and the new standard for property development in Lagos State,” Governor Ambode said.
The Governor said his administration was embarking on many urbanisation projects which, when completed would deliver a Lagos that will compete favorably with all the mega city-states of the world which Lagosians can be proud of.
“All these efforts will reposition Lagos State, putting it firmly on the international map as not just the financial, commercial and tourist hub of Africa but also to create employment and wealth for our people”.
While congratulating the management of the Eko Atlantic City on the landmark achievement, Governor Ambode said the project was a clear example of the successful Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the State Government and the developer of project.
He seized the occasion to also call on other investors to take a cue from the management of the Eko Atlantic City and Eko Pearl and put their resources in the state, saying that Government was committed to creating an enabling environment for their businesses to thrive.
Earlier, Chief Executive Officer of Eko Pearl Construction Company, Elias Saad, thanked the Lagos State Government for their support in helping him actualize his dream.
He said that the Eko Pearl Towers, also known as the Black Pearl Towers, was a residential high rise building located in the centre of Eko Atlantic City, adding that the White Pearl Tower under construction would also be ready by next year.
”People call me the dreamer, I’m so happy that I was able to actualize my dream in Lagos by delivering the Eko Pearl Towers like I promised,” Mr. Saad said.
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A disturbing video has emerged online purporting to show a mother ‘teaching her young son a lesson’ for supporting Donald Trump. 

The little boy is believed to have voted for the Republican candidate in a mock presidential election at his school.

According to posts on social media, the child said he backed the billionaire businessman because he had seen him on TV. His behaviour incensed his mother, who is seen in the clip attempting to throw the boy out of the family home.

The mum is heard saying: “Since you voted for Donald Trump, get your s*** and get out… We don’t do Donald Trump here. Now get your suitcase. Bye”
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The boy seems to break down in tears as he is forced to leave his house with a suitcase.

Two of Africa’s finest squads go head to head in Uyo as Nigeria hosts Algeria in their second Group B World Cup Qualifier.

Nigeria have made four changes to the starting XI from last month’s World Cup qualifier with Brown Ideye, Wilfred Ndidi and Moses Simon on the bench.

NIGERIA 3-1 ALGERIA

90’+2 – Goal! Victor Moses scores another goal for Nigeria

87 – Ahmed Musa sneaks in but he fails to hit target, Nigeria now on the front foot

86 – Etebo is brought down, free kick for Nigeria in a good position

84 – Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa caught offside

82 – Nigeria change – Mikel out, Wilfred Ndidi in

81  – Akpeyi tips a fangerous free kick for a corner bit nothing comes out of that set piece

The North Africans have not surrendered, they have kept pushing for an equaliser

80 – Algeria SUBSTITUTION:  Ziti out, Sofiane Feghouli in

79′ – Iheanacho makes a good run down the left flank and cuts the ball back into the middle for Moses, but the Chelsea star fails to make contact to the lofted cross in the box.

76′ – Free kick to Nigeria after Mikel Obi was fouled by an Algerian

75 – Nigeria SUBSTITUTION: Ahmed Musa in, Iwobi out

73 – Algeria are shooting from distance as the North Africans pile on more pressure

71 – Algeria SUBSTITUTION: Abeid Mehdi in, Carl Medjani out

70 – Nigeria caught offside, free kick to Algeria

67′ – Algeria get the goal through Bentaleb from about 25 metres. Akpeyi was well beaten
67′ – Goal!! Nabil Bentaleb
66′ – Nigeria SUBSTITUTION: Kennteh Omeruo out, Abdullahi Shehu in

63 – The game is held up to attend to a head injury suffered by Omeruo in the Algeria penalty box

61 – YELLOW CARD. Aissa Mandi is booked for a late foul on Victor Moses, who has remained so lively in this encounter

58 – Taider of Algeria shoots at Nigeria goal, but it is off the mark, but still a good effort

57 – Yacine Brahimi has been pepering the Nigeria defence from the left side with his pace and trickery as Algeria peg Nigeria in their own half

56 – Algeria win a second corner

55′ – Algeria now in control of the game, taking it to their host.

52 – Leon Balogun stops Mahrez from doing damage, the game is held up temporarily folowing injury to Ogenyi Onazi

50′ – Yellow card for Nabil Bentaleb for late tackle on Victor Moses outside Algeria box.


49′ – NIgeria’s Etebo makes a vital block at the near post to deny Algeria’s Brahimi.

46 – In high spirits, Nigeria restart the game

HALF TIME

45+1 – Nigeria gift Algeria a chance to pull a goal back but somehow the Algerian player smashes his effort from deep inside away from the target.

42 – GOAL! Nigeria score again and the scorer is Mikel, who rolled the ball home after a moment of hesitation. Television replays later showed  the Eagles captain was put on side by a last Algeria defender

42′ – GOAL!! Mikel Obi

40 – Skipper Mikel Obi has been in sparkling form for the Super Eagles

39 – Iheanacho dashes through the Algeria defence but his touch is too long for the goalkeeper to smother

38 – Almost immediately, Riyad Mahrez shoots for goal, but it is also off target to the relief of the home team

35′ – Big MISS! Bentaleb misses from close range after a nice piece of work from Brahimi in the left.

33′ – Nigeria have not settled after taking the lead. The visitors are pressing them hard at the moment.

32 – Etebo shoots for goal, but it misses by much as the Eagles continue to pour forward

30 – Iheanacho just fails to connect a fine cross by Victor Moses for what would have been a second goal for the flying Eagles. It was very, very close as the Algerian defence simply stood still

28 – Air shot by Mikel and then a hand ball on top of the Algeria box, free kick Algeria

27 – Ziti of Algeria is booked for a foul on the lively Victor Moses

Mikel combined with his Chelsea  matewho dashed into the box to fire home. But Victor Moses is later booked for removing his shirt in celebration of his goal

26′ – Yellow card for Victor Moses.

25 – GOAL! Victor Moses opens scoring for Nigeria

24 – The tempo of this game has eased off now

22 – The game has opened up and both sides are going at each other now, Akpeyi punches out of danger a dangerous cross by Brahimi

18 – The game is in need of a goal. It remains Nigeria 0 Algeria 0

14′ – Algeria have been pressing Nigeria from the front and getting the Eagles defence to comit some unnecessary mistakes

11 – Troost-Ekong of Nigeria is caught offside as Nigeria attack again

10 – Algeria’s Islam Slimani has already been dishing out some of the rough stuff

9 – Nigeria are now keeping possession better


7 – Victor Moses comes close to opening goal, but his final shot is off target after he dashed into the box

6 – After a shaky start, Nigeria are gradually settling into their groove with the massive crowd cheering

4 – Offside against Algeria, Nigeria have been struggling to get out of their own half of the pitch so far

3′ – Free kick to Nigeria.

2′ – Mikel is brought down just outside his own penalty box

1′ – We are underway. Algeria kick off.

NOTE: KEEP REFRESING THE PAGE FOR NEW UPDATES…
Nigeria starting XI


Daniel Akpeyi – Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong – Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi – Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi – Kelechi Iheanacho
Algeria starting XI:

M’Bolhi – Ziti, Ghoulam, Belkaroui, Mandi – Medjani (captain), Taider, Bentaleb – Mahrez, Brahimi, Slimani

Mtnfootball

A man was injured by gunfire early on Saturday at a protest against the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. state of Oregon, Portland police said in a statement.

The suspect was crossing Portland’s Morrison bridge in his car and got into an altercation with one of the protesters before shooting him several times, police said.
The shooter subsequently fled the area in his car, while the injured man was brought to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
In the western city, thousands of protesters have gathered each day since Mr. Trump’s election win.
On Friday, the protest turned into a riot as demonstrators torched cars and smashed windows. (dpa/NAN)

Nigeria’s Super Eagles take on the Desert Foxes of Algeria in a crucial race for qualification to the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The match will be played in Uyo at 5pm today.

Below are the starting line-ups:

Nigeria XI vs Algeria

Daniel Akpeyi – Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong – Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi – Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi – Kelechi Iheanacho 
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) seismic crew has finally mounted GPS Monument at the Kolmani oil well site in Northern Nigeria. 

A few months ago, President Buhari directed the corporation to speed up its prospect for oil in the Northern region, specifically in the Chad Basin and Kolmani River, following the reported discovery of hydrocarbons by Shell in the area.
Below are pictures posted by NNPC today:

The recent ransom paid to Boko Haram in exchange for the release of some Chibok girls have contributed to the recent upsurge in the killings and disappearances of soldiers engaged in the fight against the insurgents, senior military sources told Punch newspaper.

The military men told Saturday Punch that despite denials by the Federal Government, money was paid to the sect to secure the release of the abducted girls. It was learnt that the insurgents demanded for $50m for the release of the girls but about a quarter of the sum was eventually paid.



Saturday Punch learnt that the Federal Government paid the cash in two currencies – the naira and the CFA Francs to the leaders of the sect to facilitate the release of the girls.


But, the highly-ranked military men who are engaged in the war, and who craved anonymity because they were not authorised to speak for the military authorities, attributed the recent upsurge in the activities of the insurgents to the huge ransom paid for the release of the girls.


Prior to the current increase in the attacks by the insurgents, it was learnt that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, deployed in the North-East, had effectively cut off food and logistics supply to the insurgents.


Some of the sources, who are also commanders at the war front, said that the troops had effectively defeated the Boko Haram members, who were on the run while a good number of them had surrendered and taken to a rehabilitation camp established by the Defence Headquarters in Yola.


In October, 83 soldiers were reported missing days after they came under a Boko Haram attack. Though there have been increasing reports of soldiers either missing or killed since the Chibok girls were released, the military initially denied the report, it later said that only 39 soldiers were missing.


Also, on November 4, seven military men, including Lt.-Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali, were killed on their way to reinforce troops at Mallam Fatori during a Boko Haram attack. Two days later, one soldier was also killed while four others were wounded in the line of duty.


In October, 21 of the over 200 girls abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014 were released by the group.


However, the Federal Government denied exchanging insurgents for the abducted girls and paying a ransom to the sect.


But the military sources insisted that Boko Haram did not release the girls without getting anything in return and that the Federal Government indeed paid a ransom and released some of the group’s strategists that were detainees.


One of the sources said it was sad that the same government that was initially seen as tough enough to end insurgency in the country failed to negotiate with Boko Haram from a position of strength.


“It is unfortunate that in government’s desperation to secure the release of the Chibok girls, it has put our (soldiers’) lives in danger by yielding to the demands of the group to collect a ransom and secure the release of its commanders.


“It is now obvious that the group has reinforced and bought more weapons to fight us.”


According to another source, left to the military, the ransom and the exchange of Boko Haram members for Chibok girls would not have taken place.


“Funds were given to Boko Haram and now we can all see the result of that action; there have been renewed attacks recently and many of our men have been killed in the process but we will not relent, we will continue to do our best to secure this nation.


“The military had reservations about the arrangement but it was not in our hands; it was a political decision that we had to abide with and it was the DSS that was directly in charge of the operation,” the source added.


Another source, who is also active in the war theatre, said, “They got the Chibok girls and suddenly the Boko Haram that we had beaten and chased out of Sambisa are attacking and killing men of quality.


“It is very obvious that they have used the money they got from the deal to buy equipment and recruit men to carry out their heinous acts.


“The group is still in Mallam Fatori, they have infested the entire area and their strongest point into Chad is Abadam. It is from there that they disperse their men to carry out attacks.


“Another thing you must note is that the towns around the borders are occupied by mercenaries from foreign countries. Where did they get the money to fund that?”


Investigation revealed that Boko Haram members, who were routed out of their dreaded Sambisa enclave by the military, had regrouped at Abadam, and were still holding onto the fringes of Mallam Fatori in the northern part of Borno State.
A technician holds a drone used to scout a plot of a heat-tolerant hybrid maize growing at the Chiredzi Research Station in Zimbabwe. Photo by: Jekesai Njikizana (AFP/File)
Under the scorching Zimbabwean sun, cattle seek shade among stunted thorn bushes in the drought-prone district of Zaka, where crops wither due to increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns.

Severe lack of rain across southern Africa has hit the country hard, with government officials saying a quarter of the population faces starvation. Many villagers are forced to survive on wild fruit.
Maize, the country’s traditional staple crop, has suffered a series of poor harvests.
Late rains this year again wrecked the planting season, and the little that is growing has often been destroyed by heat.
It may not help the immediate crisis, but science is providing a glimmer of hope for smallholder maize farmers in Zimbabwe.
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center — known by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT — is conducting trials in Zaka on hybrid maize seeds adapted to tackle drought and high temperatures.
The seeds are developed to survive dry conditions with 60 percent less water than normal and in temperatures of up to 35 degrees C (95 degrees F), according to CIMMYT researchers.
“If we get these new maize seed varieties that will help us a lot,” said Ceaser Chavizha, a small smallholder in Zaka, located in Masvingo province, south of the capital Harare.
Like many farmers in the region who rely on maize produce, Chavizha has been forced to survive on food handouts as his crops have been reduced to dried husks.
“We cannot continue with handouts as we have fields that we can work on to produce food for our own, so we hope the new maize seeds will help us improve our yields,” he told AFP.
Maize meal crops are ground and turned into mealie meal, used to make porridge and other food, but the El Nino-induced drought has wrecked arable fields, grazing pastures and water sources.
The drought scourge is high on the agenda at UN COP22 climate talks in Morocco, where world leaders and experts are discussing how to implement the landmark Paris Agreement that was signed last year.
The pact aims to cap global warming at below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F), compared with pre-industrial levels.
Once referred to as the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe used to be an exporter of maize, but now aid organisations say the country requires about two million metric tonnes a year to feed itself.
Cosmos Magorokosho, a senior scientist and maize breeder at CIMMYT, said the ultimate goal of hybrids was to help farmers develop long-term sustainable agriculture.
“Basically it means transferring genes from one plant to another type so that you create a new type that has the characteristics that you want,” he said.
He said CIMMYT had received $500,000 funding from USAID to develop the new maize variety for drought-prone areas in east, central and southern Africa.
Magorokosho stressed that more funds were needed to extend the project, and criticised the Zimbabwe government’s delay in adopting new maize hybrids.
“There is a layer of testing that is required by the authorities which is a little bit long… we would wish it is shortened so that the varieties can get quickly to the farmers,” Magorokosho said.
CIMMYT, a non-profit research project headquartered in Mexico, is also working on a vitamin A-rich maize variety which is already in production in other parts of Africa and Latin America.
This year, Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped government declared a “state of disaster” in most rural areas, with at least 2.4 million people in urgent need of food aid.
Sekai Makonese, another small-scale farmer in Zaka, welcomed the potential impact of scientific intervention, saying she was counting on hybrids becoming widespread as soon as possible.
“Long ago, we used to farm maize with no problems but now we have a problem with climate change and now our crops fail before we harvest,” she said.
The Zimbabwe government is yet to approve the mass distribution of the seeds, but the product is already available at some agricultural outlets.
AFP
The front page of a Kenyan daily newspaper expresses the uncertainty over how U.S. will pursue policies in Africa. Photo by Simon Maina (AFP)
Across Africa, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump has provoked deep uncertainty over how the United States will pursue policies ranging from counter-terrorism and trade, to aid and climate change.

Many African countries had high hopes that Barack Obama would bring transformative benefits to the continent and were left disappointed as he winds down his time in office.
But Trump’s rise to power poses fresh questions that reveal the lack of concrete detail on his foreign policy plans — while the president-elect himself has seldom addressed African issues directly.
One possible pointer is Trump’s often repeated vow to kill “terrorists”, which may lead to more aggressive US intervention against Islamist forces such as Nigeria’s Boko Haram, linked to the Islamic State group, and Shabaab militants in Kenya, Somalia and elsewhere.
“Donald Trump can be described as a strongman leader, and strongman leaders tend to only see military solutions,” Ryan Cummings, director of the intelligence firm Signal Risk in Cape Town, told AFP.
“The US directly deploying in Africa or having a more overt presence would be a salient recruitment tool for many armed groups.
“The question is whether he is going to assist on the democratisation reforms and other projects that help stop extremism?”
Any increased US intervention would, however, go against Trump’s isolationist stance — a paradox that highlights increased unpredictability under his watch.
One of Trump’s clearest themes on the campaign trail was his opposition to international trade deals that he says have put millions of Americans out of work.
That could spell trouble for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which gives 39 African nations duty-free access to the US market on about 7,000 products including textiles, cars, fruit and wine.
Less aid money?
Obama used AGOA as a tool to promote human rights, cutting Swaziland out of the deal in 2015 over alleged oppression in the small southern African nation.
In contrast, Trump’s victory acceptance speech on Wednesday suggested a more protectionist approach to international relations, stressing “we will always put America’s interests first”.
Trump’s potential pivot to isolationism could also impact the aid money that the US spends on health, education, agriculture and humanitarian crises across Africa.
USAID spent $700 million in Malawi alone over the last five years on a programme to improve quality of life in one of the world’s poorest countries.
“Isolationism is implicit in all of his ‘make America great again’ rhetoric,” said Zachary Donnenfeld, researcher at the Pretoria-based Institute of Security Studies.
“There is also evidence to suggest that he may have support for rolling back America’s commitments to improving human development abroad.”
Africa is seen as especially vulnerable to drought and floods caused by climate change, and Trump’s election has shaken the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
He has dismissed alarm about global warming and threatened to renegotiate or cancel US backing for the landmark Paris climate deal signed last year.
As African leaders rushed to congratulate the incoming president, Peter Vale, a professor of humanities at the University of Johannesburg, advised them to try to build whatever relationship they can with the Trump government.
“Africa is likely to slide down the list of foreign policy priorities of a Donald Trump administration,” Vale wrote in an analysis briefing.
“He is going to be intolerant and disinterested in issues around the domestic politics of African countries.
“The worst that African countries can do, however difficult it will be politically, would be to show their displeasure and hold their noses.”
AFP
The people of Umuemeri Uguru Nwenkwo autonomous community in Aboh, Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State have given their lives to God and denounced evil practices following months of intense prayers led by Rev, Fr. Kirian.

On Tuesday, November 8th, the youth launched a final war against evil in their communities by destroying the evil forests and trees in the community.

The chief priest (pictured in the middle, on white and red cap) of one of the evil forest is seen fleeing for his life.

Facebook user and CEO of Silver Sports Media, Owerri, Kennedy Onwunali posted the photos, along with details of the spiritual warfare.

Below is how he told the story:

“After months of prayers by the people of Umuemeri ogwu in Aboh Mbaise local government area of imo state lead by rev frd Kirian the people of the area denounced evil practices and embraced God by evacuating all evil materials in their homes mainly at night to avoid being noticed by the people the grand final of the war was fixed for Tuesday the 8/11/2016 as early as 4am in the morning the youths trooped out in their thousands and prayers was held in every part of the community know for their exploits in cow business all over the country until the priest arrived and warned that everybody should despise and return back the next day because the coast was not clear for the action before then their was serious disagreement between the father and son of one of the most powerful family in the area over tress to be brought down or not which made the first son of the man to pick tent with the people an action the powerful man saw as a challenge to this authority and immediately disowned him in the present of people who welcome him with gladness and assured him of this place in the community the youths were about living for their various homes when the second son of the man arrived with police men to sensing that the men came with the second son who the powerful man has picked as replacement of the first son the youths in their thousands who came from various parts of the world for the final war made it clear of their mission which is to be freed from the powers of evil which has kept them at a state of no do well in the society and the police men left the environment to the joy of the people and the d day came with mach discussion between the powerful family and the people brokered by the first son the man gave in to get one of the trees he objected to be brought down with this the people boost into jubilation and prayers and words like the evil that our generation see today we shall see no more to the glory of God.

Donald Trump has said he would consider seeking advice from Bill Clinton, just days after beating the former president’s wife, Hillary, in the upset US presidential election.

Mr. Trump seems to have also backtracked on one of his major election promises.
He had promised to drop the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – as soon as he got into power.
The President-elect even admitted he “likes” parts of it “very much”.
Call from Clinton
Trump received a call from Bill Clinton after the vote in which the former president “couldn’t have been more gracious,” the 70-year-old Republican billionaire said in excerpts of an interview released Friday by CBS.
The comments echo Trump’s remarks after a meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, when he said he looked “forward to dealing with the president in the future,” including receiving Obama’s counsel.
When asked whether he would seek the advice of Bill Clinton, Trump said “I would certainly think about that.
“He’s a very talented guy, I mean, this is a very talented family,” Trump said.
He also spoke of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s call acknowledging defeat following the Tuesday vote.
“It was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me. I mean, for me, it would have been very, very difficult. She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald, well done,’” Trump said.
Earlier in the day, Trump made waves with an interview in the Wall Street Journal when he said he would consider an “amended” version of Obama’s signature health care law — a shift in position after repeatedly vowing on the campaign trail that he would repeal the measure.
He reiterated those comments in the CBS interview, stating that any repeal of the law would be accompanied by an immediate replacement.
“We’re going to do it simultaneously… And we’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing,” he said.
Trump also said that he favored maintaining a prohibition on insurance companies denying consumers coverage based on so-called pre-existing conditions.
And he added that he would try to keep a provision that requires insurers to allow children to remain on their parents’ insurance policies until the age of 26, a key Obamacare tenet.
“It adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re going to try and keep,” he said.
AFP

A Saudi international student at the University of
Wisconsin-Stout, died a day after he was assaulted on the streets of Menomonie (population 16,200), Wisconsin. 


Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was a junior majoring in business
administration. He enrolled at UW-Stout in 2015.
It was 2 a.m. on Halloween night when an assailant described
as a white male about 6 feet tall attacked Alnahdi near a pizza restaurant. Police
found Alnahdi unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose. He was
hospitalized and died from his injuries Monday.
      


Alnahdi was not alone that night. According to a friend, less than an hour before, he had been hanging out with friends at a bar across the street. Also, police said the assault occurred on a crowded sidewalk and there were nearby properties with security cameras.

Linda Bark taught English as a second language to Alnahdi at
Stout, she said he was “very popular, very well liked. He was eager to
learn, an avid student. He wanted to be an actuary. He had goals. He loved
people and making friends.”

About 150 of the 9,300 students at the school are from Saudi
Arabia. That’s about a third of the university’s international students.

Alnahdi lived off campus with other students. Police said the motive for the killing is not yet clear. However, some have expressed concerns that it was a hate crime because of Alnahdi’s ethnicity and religion.

A facebook bug caused people’s profile pages to display that they have died on Friday.

Some Facebook users received the unsettling shock as an unexplained glitch caused the social networking service to post a notice that implied they were dead.
A number of Facebook users reported that their profile page on the social network was topped with a message that referred to them by name — as if they were gone — while linking to a feature that “memorializes” the page of someone who has died.
The message said Facebook hoped the users’ loved ones would find comfort in seeing posts that others shared about them.
Even Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s page had the death notice for a short time Friday. But messages had disappeared by midday California time.

“This was a terrible error that we have now fixed,” Facebook said in a statement. The company declined to say what caused the problem or how many users were affected. “We are very sorry that this happened and we worked as quickly as possible to fix it,” the statement added.

AP
Former Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to Americans to give peace a chance following multiple protests in cities across the country over Donald Trump’s emergence as its 45th president.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Mr. Jonathan said democracy is all about accommodation.

He wrote: “I appeal to Americans who are protesting on the streets after the emergence of Donald J. Trump as President-elect to give peace a chance. Democracy is all about accommodation and the United States is a model for the free world.”
“All democrats must value the process of democracy more than the product.”

“While exercising their rights, I plead with the Great American people not to do anything that will impinge on the old and cherished values and traditions of the US on democratic ethos. GEJ.”

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Ghana has imposed a fee of $120 on Nigerians and other immigrants who stay in the country for a total of 90 days or more in a given year. They are now required by law to register for the Non-citizen Ghana card, which will be issued to them after making the payment.

The Act, which is enshrined under the Foreigners Identification Management System (FIMS), in pursuance of Authority’s mandate under the NIA Act, 2006 (Act 707), the National Identity Register Act, 2008 (Act 750) and the National Identity Regulations, 2012, made it compulsory that the non-citizen Ghana card is the mandatory form of identification to be used in all transactions which includes applying for or renewing residence permits, opening or running a bank account etc.

Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has appealed to the Ghanaian Parliament to review the Residency Fee.
Saraki made the appeal on Wednesday when he granted audience to a delegation of Ghanaian parliamentarians, which paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly, Abuja.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, quoted the Senate President while responding to comments by the leader of the visiting Parliamentarians, Hon. Alfred Agbesi, as saying: “I am appealing to you my colleagues in the parliament in Ghana on the recent laws passed on Nigerians to pay a residency fee of $120. I am appealing that you review this law and take a second look at it again as things are hard. This recession is biting hard”.
Saraki also commended the Ghanaian Parliament for supporting Nigeria to emerge as the Vice President for the West African Region in the just concluded  Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference in Geneva.

The International Monetary Fund on Friday approved a three-year, $12 billion loan for Egypt to help the country recover from its deep economic crisis.

The IMF board said it will release $2.75 billion to Egypt immediately, while further disbursements will depend on the country’s economic performance and implementation of reforms. 
The reform program “will help Egypt restore macroeconomic stability and promote inclusive growth,” the board said in a statement.
“Policies supported by the program aim to correct external imbalances and restore competitiveness, place the budget deficit and public debt on a declining path, boost growth and create jobs while protecting vulnerable groups.”
The Washington-based fund’s statement comes only a few days after its director Christine Lagarde said she would recommend that the request be approved “in support of this ambitious economic reform programme that will help restore macroeconomic stability and bring Egypt’s economy closer to its full potential.”
In mid-August Egypt reached a staff-level agreement with the IMF over the loan after endorsing the Arab nation’s fiscal reform programme, which the government embarked on in 2014 in an attempt to curb the growing state budget deficit, estimated at 12.2 percent of GDP in 2015/16. .
The programme includes cutting subsidies and the introduction of new taxes, such as the newly ratified value-added tax.
Last week, the IMF welcomed Egypt’s central bank decision to float the country’s pound, saying that it would “boost competitiveness and attract foreign investment.”
Egypt relies heavily on imports and has been suffering from an acute foreign currency shortage since the 2011 revolution and the following unrest, which have spooked investors and tourists.
AFP