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Obiano dismisses alleged shipment of arms from Nigeria’s north into Nnewi as false

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Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has dismissed as false a rumour which spread over this mid-June 2017 weekend which claimed there was a movement of arms from an unspecified city from the largely Islamic northern section of Nigeria to the overwhelming christian Anambra state.

The social media report claimed that arms were found inside a vehicle from the north loaded with yams and tomatoes in the business city of Nnewi.

Obiano who spoke at the weekend during the Golden Jubilee of the Bishop on the Niger, Dr. Owen Nwokolo, at the  Basillica of St Andrews Anglican church, Onitsha, characterized  the report as “bloody falsehood.”

He recalled that: “Immediately I got the information around 12.30am, because I don’t joke with such issues whether rumor or not, I ordered the track team of the joint service as well as the bomb disposal experts to invade Otolo Nnewi. Within 12.30 to 3.00am, I was directing the operations. I ordered that they bring down everything from the truck and search all the tomatoes and yams, until they confirmed that the truck was free of ammunition.” 

Also, he used the “opportunity to let you know the effort of the acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to stabilise this country after the unfortunate comment by the Arewa Youths.”

“For that segment of discussion, the takeaway is, everybody calm your people down. We want to reassure you that is what the acting president is saying, we want to assure that you are safe anywhere you live in Nigeria and that the threat is useless. That was why he chose church leaders in the meeting so they can communicate to the people.”

Osinbajo recently visited Anambra State — where, USAfrica notes, he was warmly received.    The direct threat and violent language by the Arewa/Hausa/Fulani demanding the the Igbo resident in the “northern region” should leave before October 1, 2017, have combined to overheat the existing ethnic and religious tension in Nigeria.  By Chido Nwangwu

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USAfrica: Novelist Chimamanda reveals she was sexually assaulted at 17

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Award-winning novelist and author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 by “a big man” in the media in Lagos, Nigeria.
She was born on September 15, 1977 in Enugu. She revealed this during an address at the 2018 Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality. 

Chimamanda recalled how she had taken a book of poems she wrote to a “big man in the media” so he could support her in publicizing that work but the yet undisclosed man sexually assaulted her he slipped his hand under her shirt and bra, then squeezed her breast. “I was so taken aback that I did nothing for seconds”, she said. Then, I pushed his hand away, but gently, nicely, because I didn’t want to offend him.

“Later that day, I broke into a rash on my chest, my neck, my face, as though my body were recoiling, as though my body were saying what my lips had not said.”

“I felt a deep loathing for that man and for what he did. I felt as if I didn’t matter, as if my body existed merely as a thing to be done with as he wanted. Yet, I told no one about it. And I kept talking to him, being polite, hoping he will help with my book.”

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World SOCCER SHOWDOWN: South Africa backs Morocco; U.S under pressure

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“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity, and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president Jordaan.

Johannesburg – South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco that South Africa will give its unqualified support to secure another World Cup on the African continent in 2026.

Morocco is vying to stage the world’s biggest football prize against a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The Moroccan delegation comprises ex-Senegal and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf and former Cameroonian goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell.

Jordaan said it would be great for Africa to have a second bite of the World Cup cherry, adding Morocco’s bid was Africa’s bid.

Jordaan assured Morocco that he would personally lobby for the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) and the rest of the continent to rally behind the Moroccans.

In his remarks, Antoine Bell said Morocco had all the ingredients to host another spectacular World Cup.

“South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards, from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world,” he said.

By giving Morocco its support, South Africa’s voice would make all the difference on the continent, Bell said.

“When South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco. South Africa has the experience and Morocco will use this experience to win the 2016 bid,” added Bell. African News Agency

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WInnie Mandela’s burial on Saturday; 3 presidents attending

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Three presidents will pay their respects at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday.

EFF leader Julius Malema is also expected to speak, while Fikile Mbalula will speak on behalf of the ANC as will Bathabile Dlamini in her capacity as leader of the ANC Women’s League.

Another politician, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, will deliver a tribute on behalf of the extended family. Gauteng Premier David Makhura will welcome the mourners at the ceremony.

The AbaThembu Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo will deliver a royal address and Zukiswa Madikizela will pay tribute on behalf of the Madikizela family.

Among the expected musical performers are Thandiswa Mazwai and Sipho Hotstix Mabuza.

The funeral service at the Orlando Stadium is scheduled to start at 09:00 and is expected to finish at 13:00, after which a military ceremony will take place before the procession moves to the Fourways Memorial Park. By Jane Gerber/News24

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