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Biya-Buhari bromance : A friend in need is a friend indeed

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Cameron shares its biggest border with its giant neighbor Nigeria an truth be told even though both countries have enjoyed historic friendly relations, there have been skirmishes that has question the “special friendship enjoyed by Cameroon and Nigeria

With the troubled ad contested oil rich g Bakassi conflict now a thing of the past, circumstances has forced the two countries to collaborate for common good and wellbeing of their people and they have been doing so effectively.

Cameroon and Nigeria have gradually and steadily witnessed warmth in ties ever since the coming of President Buhuari to power. Faced by common threat I the form of terrorists groups Boko Haram in the northern parts of the country, the two countries have put their forces together to fight what they all agree is a common enemy ad indeed they have been winning.

The two leaders have exchange numerous visits and their collaborators have been shuttling between Abuja and Yaounde every now and then to drop sealed messages to their commander in chiefs and making political requests

Arrests Ambazonia leaders’

Many had wrongly predicted the countries were suffering from a thaw in relation as most Ambazonian separatists leaders were residing in Nigeria. But just weeks after the self-declared president of Ambazonian thanked the Nigerian government for hosting him and his team, Nigerian authorities raided their hotel and arrested all separationist leaders.

And the government of Cameroon on Monday (January 29, 2018) announced that forty seven secessionists had been extradited from Nigeria, while adding that “the government of Cameroon takes this opportunity to commend the excellent multifaceted cooperation existing between Nigeria and Cameroon, particularly with regard to security”.

A busy week for the continent

In a week where the African giant Nigeria was facing massive criticism from pan Africanist for failing to take the lead and surprisingly pulling out of the 44 members free trade deal amongst African countries, Nigeria dominated headline news in Cameroon for excellent corporation with the country as former energy minister Basile ATnaga Kouna was napped in Nigeria by Interpol and deported to Cameroon just three days after his controversial escape

The minister is wanted at home for embezzlement of state funds

 

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Aliko Dangote, ex-Emir of Kano test negative for coronavirus-Africanews

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Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote on Sunday (March 29) revealed that he had tested negative for COVID-19. According to him, he took the test as a global citizen and business leader.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted modern society, affecting our collective health and well-being,” he said in a tweet.

After an initial 200 million naira donation to the federal government for the efforts to combat the pandemic, the Dangote Foundation convened a private-sector led initiative to support ongoing government efforts.

CACOVID (Coalition Against COVID-19) is an initiative that I am leading with other private sector leaders and our common goal is to support ongoing Government initiatives with our resources in the fight against Covid-19. We are in this together & I am optimistic we will overcome,” he said in another tweet.

Meanwhile, a test result for Nigeria’s former Emir of Kano also came out negative. The Emir’s close ally and friend governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, reported testing positive on Saturday.

The two had met earlier this month after the Emir was dethroned by the state government and banished to exile in neighbouring Nasarawa State. el-Rufai visited the Emir and escorted him to Lagos after a court ordered his release.

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South Sudanese President appoints five Vice Presidents

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir on Friday appointed rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president, paving way for the formation of a unity government that seeks to end six years of war.

“I President Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of South Sudan, do hereby issue a decree for the appointment of Dr. Riek Machar Teny as first vice president of South Sudan with immediate effect,” said a statement read on state television.

The presidential decree also dissolved all institutions at national and state levels,” Information Minister Michael Makuei told AFP.

Five vice-presidents

The decree was read on state television, the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, appointing Machar as the first of five vice-presidents in a bloated cabinet to accommodate various warring parties.

But consensus has only been reached on three of the four others, including current first vice president Taban Deng Gai, a former Machar ally who defected.

James Wani Igga from Kiir’s ruling party, and Rebecca Nyandeng, a former minister and Kiir ally-turned-critic are the other named vice-presidents as part of the long-awaited unity government..

The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Saturday, Makuei said. Kiir had initially said his longtime rival would be sworn-in on Friday, after they had reached the unity deal

“The vice presidents will take oath tomorrow and thereafter we will continue to process the appointments of the cabinet and appointment of the governors of the 10 states and three chief administrators of the three administrative areas,” Makuei told AFP.

Meeting the deadline

Saturday is the third deadline for the formation of the unity government which was agreed upon in a September 2018 peace deal, but pushed back as crucial issues remained unresolved.

Key among these were the delineation of state boundaries, formation of a unified national army and security arrangements for Machar, who has been living in exile since 2016.

A last-minute deal on the number of states was achieved, although little progress has been made on the other issues.

The leaders have come under increased pressure in recent weeks both from regional heads of state and main donor, the United States, to form the government.

A compromise by Kiir to cut to 10 the number of states, which he increased unilaterally to 32 after independence, was seen as key in moving towards the creation of the government.

However the opposition remains reticent about an additional three “administrative areas” pushed through by Kiir.

Machar spokesman Manawa Peter Gatkuoth said the two men would “continue to solve the problem” after the government is formed.

Dare to hope?

“This is a major step forward, if indeed they form the government as they say,” Alan Boswell, a South Sudan expert with the International Crisis Group (ICG) told AFP.

“Kiir’s compromise on the states issue paved the way for the two sides to finally move forward, even if the parties have much more to work through in the coming weeks, months, and years.”

Machar was sacked as vice-president in 2013 and later accused of plotting a coup against Kiir, kickstarting a civil war characterised by violence, rape and UN warnings of ethnic cleansing.

A 2015 peace deal brought Machar back as vice-president and he returned to Juba with heavy security.

When that deal fell apart in July 2016, the capital was plunged into a brutal battle between their rival armies and Machar was forced to flee on foot.

The ensuing war drew in new parts of the country and other local grievances and disputes came to the fore.

Several heads of state are expected to attend Saturday’s inauguration, although no names have been confirmed.

Agencies

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DRC warlord nicknamed terminator slammed 30 years sentence by ICC

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A former Congolese rebel leader has been sentenced to 30 years for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Fighters loyal to Bosco Ntaganda carried out gruesome massacres of civilians, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said in July.
Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on 18 counts including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.
The sentence is the longest that the ICC has handed down.

Ntaganda was the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by the ICC and overall the fourth person the court has convicted since its creation in 2002.
The Rwanda-born 46-year-old former rebel has been involved in numerous armed conflicts in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

source:BBC

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