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Nigeria election: Oby Ezekwesili to stand for president

Nigeria’s presidential election was shaping up to be a contest between two veteran male politicians, but the candidacy of Oby Ezekwesili could change that.

Women have run for the presidency before but she is the most prominent Nigerian woman to challenge for the top job, the BBC’s Nigeria reporter Chris Ewokor says.

Ms Ezekwesili is well known for leading the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to help free the 276 girls kidnapped from Chibok, northern Nigeria, in 2014. She has also served as the country’s education minister and vice-president of the World Bank.

But come February’s vote it will be a tough challenge to unseat incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, 75, or beat the main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, 72, who both have formidable party machines behind them.


‘Trump pressures Kenya to seize South Sudan assets’

Kenya’s Daily Nation news site says that the country’s government has resisted pressure from the US to seize assets and wealth belonging to South Sudan’s elite.

The newspaper quotes Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau as saying:

Kenya knows its obligations in regards to corruption and money laundering, and is working closely with the international community on the same. However, we work with multilateral platforms and don’t take instructions from other sovereign states.”

The Trump administration’s actions follow the publication of a report in 2016, commissioned by actor George Clooney, which accuses South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Riek Machar, and top generals of making themselves rich while the country has struggled under a civil war of their making.

The report found that family members of President Kiir and Mr Machar reside in luxurious homes outside South Sudan, including homes in one particular upmarket neighbourhood of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Daily Nation

2019: Why no mortal human being can stop Buhari from winning second term – Emir of Daura

The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid in 2019 was unstoppable.

Umar said no mortal can stop Buhari from being re-elected next year.

Speaking when he received a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu in his palace yesterday, the monarch also warned against frustrating Buhari’s re-election bid because, “God will shame them.”

According to Umar, “No mortal power will prevent Buhari’s re-election. He has five more years to go from date.

“At the end of his second term tenure ,Nigerians will even crave for his third term, because of what he might have achieved, God will shame any one against Buhari’s re-election.

Kalu who spoke at the Emir’s palace said some people are bent on frustrating Buhari’s re-election bid.

Noting that such effort will not yield any fruit, Kalu said a prominent figure from the Southern part of the country was among those spearheading the issue.

He said the President has, “performed excellently in various sectors especially in addressing the problem of corruption” which had given the county a bad name for many years.

“Buhari deserves re-election not criticism to enable him complete the good work he has begun for the country.”

Daily Post

By Seun Opejobi

Mamoudou Gassama: Mali ‘spiderman’ wows France with Paris child rescue

A Malian migrant has been hailed a hero after he scaled the front of a building in Paris to save a child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony.

Video of Mamoudou Gassama’s spectacular rescue went viral on social media.

In less than a minute he pulls himself from balcony to balcony and grabs the four-year-old as a neighbour tries to hold the child from an adjoining flat.

President Emmanuel Macron has invited Mr Gassama to the Elysee Palace on Monday to thank him personally.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also praised the 22-year-old’s heroism and said she had called him to thank him.

The drama was captured in a video posted on Facebook.

She referred to him as the “Spiderman of the 18th”, referring to the Paris district where the rescue took place.

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Breaking: North Korea Ready to Talk ‘At Any Time’ After Trump-Kim Summit Cancelled – What Was Trump referring to?

North Korea has said it is still willing to talk “at any time in any form” after US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his meeting with Kim Jong-un.

Vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said Mr Trump’s decision was “extremely regrettable”.

President Trump blamed the North’s “open hostility” for the cancellation.

The summit would have been the first time a sitting US president had met a North Korean leader.

The details of the meeting in Singapore on 12 June were unclear. But talks would have focused on ways of denuclearising the Korean peninsula and reducing tensions.

Just hours before Mr Trump’s announcement, North Korea said it carried out its promise to dismantle tunnels at its only nuclear test site.

Mr Trump announced the cancellation in the form of a letter personally addressed to Mr Kim.

A senior administration official in the US later gave further details, saying North Korea had shown “a profound lack of good faith”.

There were a series of “broken promises” from Pyongyang, the official told reporters, including when the White House sent the deputy chief of staff to Singapore to meet North Korean diplomats ahead of the summit.

“The North Koreans didn’t show up. They simply stood us up.”

The official also said President Trump had “dictated every word” of his letter to Kim Jong-un after talking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

– What did Mr Trump’s letter say?

Mr Trump said he had been “very much looking forward” to meeting Mr Kim.

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have the long-planned meeting,” Mr Trump said in a letter to Mr Kim.

“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” he added.

But he called the meeting a “missed opportunity”, saying “someday, I look very much forward to meeting you”.

In a later statement at the White House, Mr Trump said the step was a “tremendous setback for North Korea and the world”, adding the US military was “ready if necessary” to respond to any “reckless” act from North Korea.

– What was he referring to?

Mr Trump was apparently responding to statements from a senior North Korean diplomat attacking his administration and casting doubt over the meeting.

Choe Son-hui had said the suggestions from US Vice-President Mike Pence that North Korea “may end like Libya” was “stupid”.

Ms Choe, who has been involved in several diplomatic interactions with the US over the past decade, said the North would not “beg” for dialogue and warned of a “nuclear showdown” if diplomacy failed.

A White House official quoted by Reuters described the comments about Mr Pence as the “last straw”. They stressed, however, there was a “backdoor that’s open still”.

References to Libya have angered North Korea. There, former leader Colonel Gaddafi gave up his nascent nuclear programme only for him to be killed by Western-backed rebels a few years later.

North Korea says that, unlike Libya, it is a fully fledged nuclear state. It is insistent it will not engage in any peace process that jeopardises its leadership or its survival as a state.

Police quiz Ghana football chief

Ghana Football Association boss Kwesi Nyantakyi is being interrogated by the police after President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered an investigation into allegations of fraud against him.

Mr Nyantakyi was picked up by police at the international airport in the capital, Accra, after flying in from Morocco, local media reports.

Mr Nyantekyi is apparently caught on video sing the name of President Akufo-Addo and other senior government officials to induce “potential investors” to part with money.

He has not yet commented on the allegation.

The video is part of a TV documentary by well-known investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas on corruption in Ghana football.

It is due to be broadcast on 6 June.

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President Buhari hits back at Obasanjo

It looks like Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is in the mood to spar with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, an ally turned critic.

Mr Buhari has often ignored Mr Obasanjo’s recent criticism of his leadership.

Earlier this year, he said that Mr Buhari should not seek a second term as he had failed in his handling of the economy.

But at an event in the capital, Abuja, Mr Buhari has questioned the impact of $16bn (£11bn) spent on a power project launched during Mr Obasanjo’s time in office, Nigerian newspapers are reporting.

He said that “a former Nigerian leader” – without mentioning Mr Obasanjo’s by name – was bragging about the amount spent on power sector, yet there was nothing to show for the expenditure.

“Where is the power? Where is the power?,” Mr Buhari asked.

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