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A Wellness and Sexual Revolution in Nigeria with Omoshola’s Empire
January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Omoshola’s Empire is a unique blend of Day spa and sexual wellness spa, stepping in to meet the challenges of today’s major skin and sexual crisis.

Today’s man/woman is one who is mindful of not just how they appear but also their health, fitness and sexual lifestyle.

Some relationships and even marriages fail because couples don’t talk about sex and what they can do to improve their libido or ensure mutual satisfaction.

Founded by Deborah Erioluwapo, Omoshola’s Empire offers curated beauty, grooming, and wellness services to help you look and feel your best. It is a place where our customers can find inner peace, talk to certified professionals about ways to improve their sexual relationships without inhibition or embarrassment, while escaping the stress of work or personal life. So that every time clients walk through our doors, they will breathe a little easier knowing they can totally relax, take their mind away from work and will be treated in the best ways possible.

At Omoshola’s Empire, we help our client’s experience the benefits of sexual wellness and Massage Therapy, including reduced pain, improved circulation, increased immune efficiency, enhanced focus, and more. A member of our team is always on hand to assist you with booking and scheduling your appointments for consultations and treatments appropriately. We prefer to attend to clients by appointment via phone or through our website. But
we also attend to customers who walk into our offices without any previous appointments.

At OMOSHOLA’S EMPIRE our goal is to ensure every relationship or married couple enjoys the full benefits of general well being.

* FOR QUESTIONS & INQUIRIES:omosholaaa@gmail.com

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Opinion: Extreme events are reversing development goals
January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Patricia Scotland*

The Commonwealth has a become a leader in fighting climate change under  Patricia Scotland
The Commonwealth has a become a leader in fighting climate change under Patricia Scotland

Cyclones in the Caribbean and Pacific, devastating bushfires in Australia, recurrent floods and droughts in Asia and Africa, increasingly bring tragic loss of life to our nations and communities, inflicting physical and mental trauma on survivors, and causing irreparable damage to centuries old ways of life and undermining prospects for future prosperity and growth.

The current bushfires in Australia have been among the most distressing manifestations, leading the government to declare a state of emergency. The total cost to the economy of the bushfires with which Australia is grappling seems likely to run into billions of dollars. Continuous drying of undergrowth creates optimal conditions for bushfires, leading to tragic loss of human lives and destruction of infrastructure. There is devastating impact on the precious biodiversity of flora and fauna, threatening drastically to affect the ecology of the region. Heightened levels of air pollution in the affected and adjoining regions are having adverse impacts on the respiratory health of scores of people.

Such extreme events are occurring with rising frequency, destroying the means of livelihood for millions people in Commonwealth countries, increasing vulnerability and reducing resilience. The Commonwealth collectively recognises that without well-planned and integrated national and international action, natural disasters and extreme events will continue to challenge the resilience of affected communities and smaller countries. The Commonwealth Secretariat is working alongside member nations to protect the environmental health of fragile and susceptible ecosystems, including through increased national preparedness for tackling natural disasters and mobilising resources.

For the arid and drought-prone member countries, which are highly vulnerable to dryness and bushfires, the Commonwealth provides support for governments to develop projects on sustainable and resilient landscape management, with the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub (CCFAH) helping to unlock necessary financial resources. Similarly, by pooling information into a streamlined platform for better and more convenient access to information, the Commonwealth Disaster Risk Finance Portal currently in development will help countries find suitable sources of finance and support to deal with disasters.

On behalf of citizens of all Commonwealth countries, I express my heartfelt condolences to all families and communities who have lost loved ones in the tragic events of recent days. I commend the courage and commitment of firefighters, emergency service personnel and all others who are battling to rescue and protect people and property, wildlife and natural resources, or human infrastructure. In these testing times, the wider Commonwealth family stands in solidarity alongside the Government and people of Australia.

* The Rht Hon Patricia Scotland is the Commonwealth Secretary-General

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Rwanda denounces DRC balkanization allegations
January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Vincent Biruta refutes allegations that Rwanda wants balkanisation of Congo
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Vincent Biruta refutes allegations that Rwanda wants balkanisation of Congo

The Government of Rwanda has refuted allegations that it wants to balkanize eastern parts of Democratic Republic Congo, in what some opposition politicians said is  a plan of expanding its territory.

In December last year, Adolphe Muzito, Spokesperson for  Lamuka, a political coalition in DRC  told journalists  that for his country to be peaceful, Congo has to  invade Rwanda as well as annexing it to its territory in order to end 20 years of insecurity in eastern Congo.

Recently, the archbishop of Kinshasa, cardinal Fridolin Ambongo visited, Beni territory in Northern Kivu,  where he met  “extreme poverty” and “traumatized people” due to insecurity and influx of people  immigrating from Uganda and Rwanda.

Rwanda’s Minister in charge of foreign affairs, Dr Vincent Biruta on Wednesday while  briefing  press,  he denounced allegations that Rwanda has in plan to annex eastern Congo.

Biruta said that such statements are from “politicians and certain clergymen are irresponsible and unfounded.”

Since his election in 2018, President Felix Tshisekedi tried to amend strained relations that had been existing between DRC and Rwanda.

He visited Rwanda twice last year, and President Paul Kagame flew to Kinshasa in June to attend Tshisekedi’s father, Etienne Tshisekedi  funeral.

Rwanda’s national carrier, Rwandair has regular flights to Kinshasa which begun last year.

Minister Biruta told journalists in the capital Kigali that there is an attitude from some Congo’s politicians who think that to be  popular “you have to demonize Rwanda and tell the Congolese that there is a plot against the DRC”.

“But I do not believe that these statements are likely to jeopardize the good relations between the DRC and  Rwanda, because they are state to state relations. We appreciate what the DRC has done through operations against armed groups in eastern DRC.”

Recently, Congo’s army, FARDC  launched military operations against some foreign armed forces  that have destabilized the eastern part for two decades.

Some Congolese people  allege that Rwanda’s army have crossed to help FARDC eliminate rebel groups, the claim that Rwanda denies.

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President Weah Wants African Footballers To Aspire for Ballon d’Or, as He Hails Sadio Mane for Winning CAF’s Top Prize
January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

President Weah is the only African who has won the Ballon d’or

The President of the Republic of Liberia and Africa’s only Ballon d’Or is encouraging young African footballers not to rest until they conquer the world and snatch the profession’s most prestigious award, the Ballon d’Or.

President Weah said contemporary African soccer players continue to demonstrate superb skills, performing incredibly in various leagues around the world but needed to break the record by winning the Ballon d’Or after him.
 
He remains the only African footballer to have won the European and World Best awards in addition to winning Africa’s Best multiple times.

Dr. Weah, once referred to as King George in France for his mesmerizing and formidable football skills, congratulated Senegal’s Sadio Mane for lifting CAF’s 2019 Footballer of the Year Award.

He also applauded the runners up Mohamed Salah and Riyah Mahrez of Egypt and Algeria respectively.

Dr. George Manneh Weah says Africa has a huge vault of talents and potentials to once more make history by winning Football’s most prestigious award, the Ballon d’Or or World Best and by conquering Europe.

The Continent’s Football governing body, CAF, held its 28th awards night on January 7, 2020 in the Egyptian City of Hurghada.

The Liberian Leader, three times African Footballer of the Year and Africa’s Soccer Legend was invited to the ceremony by CAF.

The Former World’s Best, Europea’s Best and Africa’s Best was represented at the award ceremony by Liberia Football Association (LFA) Executive Committee member, Pepci Quiwu Yeke who conveyed his commitment to CAF during the awards.

Moustapha Raji, President of the Liberia Football Association represented the local football governing body at the ceremony.

President Weah thanked the President of CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, and the entire Executive Committee of the federation for inviting him and at the same time according his proxy, Mr. Yeke due courtesy.

Dr. Weah promised to work with CAF in promoting football and helping to develop young talents to ascend to the bigger stage of the profession.


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Rotary establishes peace center at Makerere University
January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Inaugural 2021 class will focus on shaping peace and development in Africa

KAMPALA, Uganda, January 9, 2020/ — From human rights violations to the impacts of climate change, Rotary (https://www.Rotary.org) and Makerere University are offering a postgraduate certificate program to peace and development leaders who are from or who have worked in Africa to address the underlying challenges to peace in the region.

The year-long program in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation and Development will emphasize issues and solutions that are of particular relevance throughout the African continent and beyond. Hands-on experience will complement coursework that addresses topics including human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict. Other studies will focus on refugees and migration, as well as resource and identity-based conflicts.   

The program will incorporate the Positive Peace framework pioneered by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) (http://bit.ly/39TRc7W) as well as apply concepts grounded in mediation and negotiation, African philosophy, and indigenous mechanisms for conflict resolution.

“For centuries, we have looked at peace as the absence of violence, without fully considering the other drivers in play,” said Olayinka Babalola, vice president, Rotary International Board of Directors. “Instead of merely examining the causes of war, Rotary Peace Fellows at Makerere University will explore the underpinnings of peace to achieve tangible measures of human wellbeing and progress.”

The program is designed to accommodate working professionals with at least five years of proven experience in the areas of peace and development. There will be two cohorts a year each with 20 fellows, and the first class will begin in February 2021. The online application will be available in February 2020.

“Makerere University is situated at the heart of the Great Lakes region, which has experienced the most strife and the most conflicts in Africa,” said Barnabas Nawangwe, University vice chancellor. “We’ve had frequent experience with conflict, so we established our peace program more than 15 years ago to expand our expertise and augment our engagement in the area of conflict and peace. Partnering with an international organization like Rotary allows us to demonstrate on a global scale what we’ve been doing in our local environment. Based on our past rich experience, we can confront strife in populations all over the world.”

Every year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded scholarships for dedicated peace and development leaders from around the world to study at any of its seven peace centers programs. In just over 15 years, Rotary Peace Centers have trained over 1,300 individuals for careers in peacebuilding in more than 115 countries, and program alumni serve as leaders in both governmental and nongovernmental agencies, international organizations, and more.

About Rotary:
Rotary (https://www.Rotary.org) brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. To learn more about Rotary Peace Centers programs and fellowships and to start an application, visit http://bit.ly/36CMZne.

About Makerere University:
Established in 1922 as a technical school, Makerere University (http://bit.ly/2scr1Zm) is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Africa. It is composed of nine colleges offering programs for 35,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates. Its Department of Religion and Peace Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will host the Rotary Peace Centers program

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South Sudan: Release Activist Peter Biar Ajak Vows to continue political work
January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments
Activist Peter Biar Ajak

By Deng Machol

Juba – South Sudan political activist and economist was freed from prison on January 4, 2020 after a presidential pardon, vowed to return to his political activism work to ensure peace goes forward in the world youngest country after years of civil war.

Peter Biar Ajak was one of Sudan’s lost boys’ displaced during the civil war in then Sudan. He resettled in the United States, studying at La Salle University in Philadelphia and Harvard University, before moving to Cambridge University.

Biar had been a critic of his country’s regime. When returning to his home country on 28 July 2018 to hold a youth forum, he was arrested and taken directly to custody.

Biar was among the president Kiir’s pardoned, 30 inmates who had been detained in what analysts and lawyers termed as a ‘modern-day hellhole’ in South Sudan.

After released, Biar said ‘words cannot express how grateful.’ “It has meant so much to us and given us the strength we needed. It’s a new year and a new decade and my wish is that this year will be the start of lasting peace in South Sudan,” said Biar in a brief statement to reporters in Juba on Saturday.

A Cambridge University student further stressed that “I will go back to my work. My work is to ensure that this country live in peace, stable and it is moving forward. This country is a place that can reward a million of martyrs that sacrificed their lives for this nation.”

 Bair, in rough tone said he feel relieved despite that his detention had been “extremely harsh, cruel and was very difficult.”

 “It was extremely harsh particularly at the national security detention, it was beyond description but since we arrived at Juba central prison, our treatment has been extremely great,” Biar explained

Biar further said his medical check-up is a priority after poor health treatment behind bars, including his family particularly a wife and children, who were extremely, missed him, residing in Nairobi, Kenya.

 “The first thing for me would be get health check – this is because for the last year and half, I have been without proper medical attention and then to also meet my family. So, I can’t wait to see them and the rest of the family,” said Biar

The presidential pardon for some 30 inmates was announced Thursday evening, followed the President’s visit to Juba central prison on Christmas Eve where he said inmates with minor cases would be pardoned and promised to release some inmates who had shown good conduct on the New Year’s Eve.

Biar was initially detained by the National Security Service (NSS) in July 2018. He was sentenced to two years in prison by Juba court on 11st of June, 2019 after being accused of inciting an uprising behind bars and threatening the peace and security of the state over interviews he gave to the media during a stand-off between inmates and guards at the national security service on October 7, 2018. Human rights groups and others had protested Ajak’s arrest without government explanation.

However, friends and family waited in vain on Friday for the release while South Sudan’s justice and interior ministries were processing the order.

During the release, Bair’s father, Major Gen. Ajak Deng Biar, joined his son in expressing happiness at the release.

“There is a saying that the government can arrest and release anybody, my son was arrested and is now release by the government. I am happy for that and very thankful to president Kiir for releasing my son,” said Deng, former director for the international growth center policy think tank.

Political activist Bair regained his freedom with other 29 inmates, including business philanthropist Kerbino Wol, arrested in the same and had been sentenced to jail to serve 10 years in prison, accused of masterminding subversive activities against the government.

When asked to justify whether charges – labeled against him were unjust or fair, Biar said it is up to the public to judge, analyze and draw conclusion.

The observers, activists and analysts said the release of Biar, including Kerbino Wol was a bold step toward a lasting peace and reconciliation in the fragile state.

The new development has also picked by the international community, Tibor Nagy, Assistant Secretary for U.S Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, wrote on his twitter account that Washington hopes the government of South Sudan will do more to support freedom of expression.

“South Sudan is stronger when there is true political space for voices of dissent from opposition parties, civil society and media,” said the diplomat.

South Sudanese parties was meant to free all political prisoners under a revitalized peace deal signed in September 2018 to end its five-year civil war that killed almost 400,000 people, displaced four million people from their homes, before devastated the country’s economy.

The peace deal has been extended twice, therefore the crucial next step,

The formation of a coalition unity government between president Kiir and armed opposition leader Riek Machar was delayed for 100 days in November to February 2020, something that dismay the citizens, partners and international community.

The region, troika countries and others have expressed hope that the current deadline will be met in spite the pre-transitional period issues in order to end a bloodshed in the horn of Africa country.

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Zimbabwe:ZANU PF G40 Former Ministers To Stand Against ED Government
January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu

Walter Mzembi
Walter Mzembi

 Harare–Walter Mzembi former Foreign Affairs Minister has been confirmed the President of Zimbabwe’s new opposition Leader the People’s Party . The Party   was formed under auspices of G40 ZANU PF former Ministers .The Ministers left office un-ceremoniously upon Robert Mugabe’s oust after the 17 November 2017 coup in Harare .

Party Interim Secretary  Lloyd Msipa confirmed three things . Firstly that Walter Mzembi  former short lived Minister of Foreign Affairs is the Party President . Secondly , that Zimbabwe Electoral Commission recognized existence of the Party on 6 November last year . The last confirmation is that the Party that is guided by the Guadian Council formed under auspices of former disgruntled ZANU PF Ministers of G40 faction .This Party , he repeatedly said  is to face vehemently Mnangagwa’s Government . Godfrey Gandawa former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education is the Deputy President .

‘’Walter Mzembi is the President of the Party that is to face Mnangagwa with strong resistance . The Party is recognized its existence by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission . The Party which is a 30 member Guardian Council will face Mnangagwa ‘s ZANU PF Lacoste heavily ..

‘’The party has what is called the Guardian Council . This is a 30 Member committee . Its duties ranges from decision making to strategic plans meant to overthrow the Zimbabwe ruling party under Mnangagwa . The house is already in order . For now I can only say  Walter Mzembi  and the structure of the party will be announced at the launch .

Walter Mzembi  served as Minister of Tourism for a long time . He was later given the powers to head the Ministry of Tourism by Robert  Mugabe barely 3 months before the coup . Several Party officials linked to the two parties could not be reached on cell phones at the time of going to Press .

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South Sudan Vice President Taban Deng Gai Hit by US Sanctions
January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Ajong Mbapndah L

First Vice President Taban Deng Gai is the most senior official to be hit with sanctions in South Sudan

The US has upped pressure on South Sudan by slamming sanctions on First Vice President Taban Deng Gai for his role in human rights abuses.

In a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the U.S Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control , President Kiir’s topmost deputy is sanctioned for gross human rights abuses.

According to the statement for Pompeo, Deng was guilty of involvement in the disappearance and reported deaths of two human rights activists in 2017.

“Deng has acted on South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s behalf to divide and sow distrust, extend the conflict in South Sudan, and impede the reconciliation and peace process.  Disappearances and extrajudicial killings of political opposition and civil society actors whose views differ with the ruling regime are actions designed to silence dissent and enforce the political status quo,” the statement read.

Such human rights violations and abuses curtail the political space needed for the full implementation of a durable peace in South Sudan, the statement said.

“This decision underscores the U.S. government’s continuing commitment to promote and protect human rights globally and reflects our determination to promote accountability of all those who seek to undermine the South Sudanese peace process,” Secretary Pompeo said in the statement.

The statement which comes midway into the recent extension to form an inclusive unity government, urges the government and opposition leaders  to distance themselves from peace process spoilers and  prioritize the will of the South Sudanese people for peace

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International Conference in gestation for permanent negotiated solution and post -conflict reconstruction in Southern Cameroons
January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung 

In view of restoring peace and reconstructing conflict-torn Anglophone regions of Cameroon, formerly British Southern Cameroons, the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations, CDN, has embarked on an enlarged consultative process in view of organizing an international conference on Southern Cameroons. 

According to a recent CDN press release that PAV came across, talks are ongoing with all segments/groups of the Anglophone Southern Cameroons society to put in place a roadmap for the successful organization of the international conference.

Once okayed and confirmed, the conference designated to hold out of Cameroon due to tensed political atmosphere and civil instability will have as objective; to examine and establish a majority position and develop a detailed framework for robust post-conflict reconstruction.

The conference, its organizers say would be held under the theme: “Defining a Pathway for Our Future” and shall focus strategically on two points; Engaging all segments and professionals of Anglophone Southern Cameroons, and establishing the majority view in support for a permanent negotiated solution, and; Developing a detailed framework for a robust post-conflict reconstruction. 

The refugees from the crisis are in alarming numbers
The refugees from the crisis are in alarming numbers

The coalition which seeks to see life return to normalcy recalled that since 2016 when the crisis in North West and South West regions of Cameroon, formerly known as British Southern Cameroon during the post-colonial era started, security forces of the Government of Cameroon, GoC and Anglophone Southern Cameroons’ “restorationist/ separatist” forces have been engaged in an escalating armed conflict. 

“In the last three years, more than 12,000 Anglophones have reportedly been killed; thousands more have either been wounded, arrested, or imprisoned; more than 900,000 children are out of school with over 680,000 internally displaced persons; 50,163 registered refugees and approximately 1.9 million face severe hunger,” a section of the press release reads.

The group accuses forces loyal to the government of President Paul Biya of  “burning down more than 300 villages forcing tens of thousands to flee into the bushes and other countries.”

Adding that the government of Cameroon has also reported the “death of at least 700 members of security forces and administrative personnel” working in the troubled regions.

In justifying the need for its actions, the Coalition emphasizes that the “Special Status” granted to the North West and South West regions of Cameroon has been wholly rejected by a majority of Anglophones who have seemingly lost faith in the union.

As part of its strategy  to accelerate the process of a permanent negotiated solution, the Coalition has engaged in broad consultations with civil society leaders, all leaders of “restorationist” (separatist) groups, Anglophone Southern Cameroons political leaders, frontline activists, religious and traditional leaders, members of parliament, businessmen and businesswomen, youth leaders, academics, media personalities and members of the diaspora.

The groups holds that “as the death toll of Anglophone Southern Cameroonians continues to rise and the economic and social fabric of the society is being decimated, it is imperative to bring together all shades of opinion to clarify and adopt the dominant path or position towards a sustainable solution to the conflict; and to constitute expert working groups to begin developing a detailed framework on the difficult tasks of post-conflict reconstruction once a permanent negotiated solution is reached.”

A village elder stands in what was once his bedroom in Eshobi on Feb. 11 as he describes how the Cameroon military came and destroyed it.Photo Credit FP Magazine
A village elder stands in what was once his bedroom in Eshobi on Feb. 11 as he describes how the Cameroon military came and destroyed it.Photo Credit FP Magazine

For a successful organization of the conference, the coalition is sampling the opinions of Anglophone on how such a conference could be organized and where (city/country) it could be held, urging all to send their suggestions and recommendations via https://coalitionfdn.org/feedback-international-conference/on for before January 14, 2020. 

About the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations 

The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations, CDN is an international non-governmental organization with the specific goal of facilitating dialogue and negotiation towards ending the war in Anglophone Southern Cameroons. CDN is made of professionals from all works of life and over 20 partner organizations worldwide advocating for an end to the war. CDN members work with its partners to strengthen international involvement in resolving the conflict and building durable peace in the conflict-affected territories.

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NIGERIA’S BID TO BOOST INVESTMENT SET FOR ANALYSIS IN NEW REPORT
January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry signs first-time MoU with Oxford Business Group

Abuja, January 2020: Nigeria’s efforts to liberalise its economy and increase foreign investment will be explored in a new report by the global research and advisory firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).

The Report: Nigeria 2020 will look in detail at the country’s plans to enhance its business environment by improving the regulatory framework currently in place and reducing bureaucracy.

There will be detailed coverage of the sectors of the economy identified as ripe for growth, including real estate, mining, agriculture and ICT, which are combining to help drive non-oil activity.

The Report: Nigeria 2020 will also shine a spotlight on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), as the initiative enters its operational phase. OBG will consider both the potential for regional growth that the free trade area holds and the challenges that risk delaying its progress. Readers will also find analysis of the opportunities that the AfCTA could signal for Nigeria, which was one of the last countries to sign the agreement.

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has signed a first-time memorandum of understanding with OBG for its forthcoming publication. Under the agreement, the ACCI will help OBG in its research for The Report: Nigeria 2020 and other content that will be made available across the Group’s platforms, which is expected to include charting the economic expansion under way in the capital city of Abuja.

Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, President of ACCI, said he looked forward to teaming up with OBG for its forthcoming report, which he said came at a time of heightened economic activity in Abuja.

“These are significant times for the Federal Capital Territory and Abuja in particular, which continues to attract investment for a wealth of projects across the economic sectors,” he said. “Oxford Business Group’s reports on emerging markets are known to be leaders in their field, providing investors with accurate, reliable data which can sometimes be difficult to come by. I have no doubt that its report on Nigeria’s evolving economy will serve as a valuable tool for business leaders keen to participate in the next phase of the country’s development.”

Abuja-based Country Director Wen Qian Chang agreed that efforts to attract investment for large-scale infrastructure and real estate projects in Abuja against a backdrop of rapid urbanisation were gathering pace.

“The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry plays a key role in promoting economic and industrial development within the Federal Capital Territory and highlighting the investment opportunities available in this rapidly developing city,” she said. “I’m delighted that our team, and ultimately our readers, will benefit from the chamber’s input as we begin the next phase of our research for this timely report.”

The Report: Nigeria 2020 willmark the culmination of more than 12 months of field research by a team of analysts from Oxford Business Group. It will be a vital guide to the many facets of the country, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectoral developments.

OBG’s publication will also contain contributions from leading representatives across the public and private sectors. The Report: Nigeria 2020 will be produced with the ACCI, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission. It will be available online and in print.  

Click here to subscribe to Oxford Business Group’s latest content: http://www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com/country-reports

About Oxford Business Group

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global research and advisory company with a presence in over 30 countries, from Africa, the Middle East and Asia to the Americas. OBG is a distinctive and respected provider of on-the-ground intelligence on the world’s fastest growing markets for sound investment opportunities and business decisions. 

Through its range of products – Economic News and Views; The OBG Business Barometer CEO Survey; OBG Events and Conferences; Global Platform, which hosts exclusive video interviews; The Report publications – and its Consultancy division, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments. 

OBG provides business intelligence to its subscribers through multiple platforms, including its subscribers, CNKI, Dow Jones Factiva subscribers, the Bloomberg Professional Services’ subscribers, Refinitiv’s (previously Thomson Reuters) Eikon subscribers, and more.

For more information, please contact:

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Burundi opposition decries rising political intolerance ahead of elections
January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Jean-Pierre Afadhali

President Nkurunziza has indicated that he will not seek another term
President Nkurunziza has indicated that he will not seek another term

Ahead of May elections there are concerns that increasing political persecution on the major opposition party operating inside Burundi coupled with insecurity in parts of the East African country could hinder the upcoming polls; despite the assurance of President Pierre Nkurunziza not seek re-election.

Burundi plunged into political crisis in 2015 when president Nkurunziza announced he would run for a third term sparking protests across the country followed by police repressions and a failed coup. At the time hundreds thousands of Burundian fled into neighboring countries mainly Tanzania and Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Now as the incumbent’s third term approaches the end the political climate in the country could not allow peaceful elections amid increasing rebel attacks in some parts of the country, violence against opposition and lack of political space.  The latest attack happened in November last year near Rwanda border. Bujumbura was quick to blame neighboring Rwanda. Kigali has rejected accusations saying they are not new and baseless.

Elections are scheduled on 20 May 2020, but the political and security situation that prevails in the East African country could hinder the electoral process that is expected to define the future of Burundi amid uncertainties over the participation of all stakeholders and growing political intolerance often blamed to the ruling party (CNDD-FDD) supporters.

President Nkurunziza has repeated several times he will not run in the upcoming elections.   Responding to a journalist’s question in his latest public conference shortly before the end of 2019, he said:” I cannot quit the presidency and return as prime minister. It does not make sense. Don’t worry; I need time to rest after this term,” stressed Mr. Nkurunziza.

Many of his political opponents now live in exile, however the only major opposition party operating inside Burundi, the National Freedom Council (CNL) has several times cited persecution blamed on the governing party. Some of its offices have been damaged and set ablaze while its members have been arrested.

Inter-Burundian dialogues under  mediation of former Tanzanian president  appears to have failed as they did not reach any deal  from several in talks that took place in Arusha, Tanzania.

Last year in February, CNL led by a prominent opposition politician Agathon Rwanda was officially registered. Since then, there have been reports of violence against its members across the country. The party blames them to the current government. According to the UN Security Council report released last year in October, there been increase of political intolerance “perpetrated” by ‘Imbonerakure’ the youth wing of the ruling party.

In his New Year’s address, the former rebel s leader Mr. Rwasa said some local leaders are breaking laws and creating their rules meant to hinder opposition’s activities. Since its registration the CNL members have been arrested and offices damaged in different parts of the country. Government says it works in consultation with all political players to allow a good environment for the next elections.

The Security Council report also said the situation was not good for the elections. “Uncertainty persists over the participation of all interested stakeholders in the process, amidst shrinking political space and the need to create an environment conducive to peaceful, transparent and credible elections,”

 The CNL party leader in his New Year speech said 2020 should be the end of opposition’s persecution. According to Rwasa there is no political tolerance in the country. “We are calling local leaders across the country to end violence against our supporters. We urge them to respect national laws because the same laws guarantee equal rights,” he was quoted as saying.

Mr. Agathon called for the respect to political party’s legislation, so that parties can function properly. According to the former rebel leader turned politician, this will lead to free and fair elections as “the president wishes”.

On upcoming elections, Mr. Rwasa called upon Burundians to be alerted to prevent any possible electoral fraud.

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Kenyans criticize government for blocking the exiled lawyer
January 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Samuel Ouma

Dr. Miguna Miguna has been barred from returning to Kenya

Kenyans on Tuesday, January 7, took a swipe at their President after it emerged that the exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna was barred from returning to the country.

Speaking to the local radio station on Tuesday morning, the vocal barrister revealed that he was barred from boarding a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Nairobi. According to Miguna Miguna, the office of President Uhuru Kenyatta issued red alert to Lufthansa Airline warning them against flying him to Nairobi or any other African country.

“I am at the Lufthansa check in and they are saying the Kenyan security has blocked me from entering Kenya. In fact, the Kenya Government has demanded that Lufthansa must refund my fare. They have demanded that Lufthansa should not fly me into any other African country, either,” he said.

He further revealed that the airline management told him that he would be allowed on board only if they receive official communication from the government revoking the alert.

“Lufthansa flight manager is saying that the Government of Kenya must send an official communication to Lufthansa at Frankfurt office before I can be allowed to fly to Kenya or any other African country,” he added.

This comes one day after the country’s High Court directed the government to allow the lawyer back to the country terming his deportation illegal. The court further ordered the release of his Kenyan passport which is currently under the custody of court’s registrar.

“An order be and is hereby issued, that pending and following the inter-partes hearing of the Application, compelling the Respondents to facilitate entry of the Petitioner into Kenya on January 7, 2020 or any other date appointed by the Petitioner on the basis of his identification through the use of his National Identity Card, or his Kenya Passport in the form and state it was delivered by the Respondents to the High Court Registry pursuant to this Court’s Order,” reads court’s verdict.

When the news about Miguna Miguna’s woes at Frankfurt reached Kenyans, a number of them took it to the Social Media accusing President Uhuru of being a despot. They claimed the government is wrong to bar the attorney from returning the country despite being a Kenyan by birth.

“The Government of Kenya stopping a Kenyan citizen by birth from entering Kenya but can’t stop terrorists from crossing over to Kenya. Pure madness. Uhuru Kenyatta is officially a clown of the decade,” said Dorcas Sarkozy.

“President Kenyatta must stop the monkey games with #MIGUNAMIGUNA . The court spoke and the law is clear. Miguna is a Kenyan. We must defend the rule of law even if your enemy is the recipient,” reiterated Rein Asamoh.

 Another one added, “I’m disappointed this morning. There is nothing to smile about. Why allow miguna start his journey from Toronto then cut it off? #MigunaMiguna a solder is always a fighter to the end.”

Miguna Miguna holds dual citizenship both of Canada and Kenya.

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