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Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown’s daughter dies at 22

Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown’s daughter dies at 22
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Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown’s daughter dies at 22

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late music superstar Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died today July 26, 2015 at the age of 22 — following her being rushed from her bathtub on January 31, 2015 to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, where she was put on a ventilator to assist her breathing. She was later placed in a medically induced coma at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. She died at the Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia.

“She is finally at peace in the arms of God, We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months”, the Houston family said in a statement.

 

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Forthcoming 2016 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering and impactful multimedia works on African and American interests. @Chido247


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

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USAfrica: Obama live in Kenya says “Africa is on the move”

USAfrica: Obama live in Kenya says “Africa is on the move”
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USAfrica: Obama live in Kenya says “Africa is on the move”

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

Nairobi, AFP: U,S President Barack Obama declared today Saturday July 25, 2015 that “Africa is on the move”, praising the spirit of entrepreneurship at a business summit in Kenya as he kicked off a landmark visit.

Obama arrived in Kenya late on Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father’s birth since he was elected president. “I wanted to be here, because Africa is on the move, Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world,” Obama said.
“People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up, the middle class is growing and young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business,” Obama told the entrepreneurship summit in his first official engagement in Nairobi.
The US embassy itself warned the summit could be “a target for terrorists”, but Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, sharing the stage with Obama, said the event showed a different side to Africa.obama-wt-young-Kenyan-july25-2015
“The narrative of African despair is false, and indeed was never true,” Kenyatta said. “Let them know that Africa is open and ready for business.”
A massive security operation was under way in Nairobi, with parts of the usually traffic-clogged capital locked down and airspace also closed for the president’s landing on Friday and his scheduled departure late Sunday for neighbouring Ethiopia.

Top of the list of security concerns is Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliate, the Shabaab, who have staged a string of suicide attacks, massacres and bombings on Kenyan soil. Two years ago a Shabaab assault on the Westgate shopping mall in the heart of the capital left 67 dead.

Obama said he was delighted to be back.
“It is wonderful to be back in Kenya,” Obama said, also drawing cheers and applause by greeting the summit with a few words of Swahili. “I’m proud to be the first US president to visit Kenya, and obviously this is personal for me. My father came from these parts.”

Barack Obama Sr was a pipe-smoking economist who the US leader has admitted he “never truly” knew. He walked out when Obama was just two and died in a car crash in Nairobi in 1982, aged 46.
Excitement has been building in Kenya for weeks, with the visit seen as a major boost for the east African nation’s position as a regional hub — something that has taken a battering in recent years due to Shabaab attacks and political violence that landed Kenyan leaders in the International Criminal Court.                                                   •Feature pix: President Obama waves alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta upon arrival on Air Force One at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 24, 2015.(Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images)

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Forthcoming 2016 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering and impactful multimedia works on African and American interests. @Chido247


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

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As Obama heads to Kenya, he fulfills desire to visit the land of his father as U.S President

As Obama heads to Kenya, he fulfills desire to visit the land of his father as U.S President
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As Obama heads to Kenya, he fulfills desire to visit the land of his father as U.S President

By Dr. DUNCAN OMANGA

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247 

There is a palpable yet understandable excitement in the country. The U.S president, the world’s most powerful man, will be landing in Kenya in just a few days.

The coming of the U.S president is rightly treated with the attention it deserves, principally because this is the first time a sitting U.S president is visiting the country.

Secondly, it marks a long-held but carefully concealed desire of the U.S president to visit the land of his father while still in office.

Conservative and often virulent politics in the U.S, coupled with complications largely associated with the ICC cases made it virtually impossible for the U.S president to even contemplate a visit in his first term.

Incidentally, the visit comes when Kenya is seized with serious social, economic, and structural challenges.

There is an unconscious, sometimes embarrassing, attempt by opinion formers and ordinary citizens to see this visit as an opportunity to solve some of our protracted problems.

If the visit is not seen in the right perspective, the entire event will likely end up a crushing anti-climax to many Kenyans.

Kenyans must look at the visit more for its indirect, rather than direct, effects. Hosting the US president is akin to hosting the World Cup.

You invest vast resources for a transient event. The indirect effects come largely from using those few days in the spotlight to showcase the country in ways that would normally not be possible.

Thus, tourism stakeholders and hoteliers who suggest that Mr Obama should withdraw travel advisories are in for some disappointment.

It is not the job of the president to issue or withdraw travel advisories. The best he could do for our tourism industry has already been done by the planned visit. It is now up to industry players to seize the chance and market the country.

Secondly, the US president should not be pressured to lift travel advisories based simply on the fact that his father was Kenyan; rather it should be calibrated purely on how our security has improved.

Similarly, the thinking that the US President is coming with a bag of “goodies” to “save” Kenya is one that should be dropped like a hot rock.

This discourse of an imagined messianic figure that will come from without and help solve most of our problems is totally deceptive.

Our problems are not few. We struggle with corruption, disease, and poverty. There is little that a US president can do to help us overcome these challenges if the solutions are not from us.

Those politicians and civil society groups asking Mr Obama to pile more pressure on the Jubilee administration to fight corruption and enhance “human rights” might produce good sound bites for prime time news, but unless the pressure and agitation comes from the Kenyan citizens themselves, there is little that the most powerful man on earth can do.23rd-anniversary-Logo_USAfrica23

Indeed, the visit by Mr Obama is not altruistic; rather, it is partly embedded in US interests and mostly the personal desire of the president himself to visit the land of his father’s birth while still in office. This is a tradition most US presidents have undertaken, visiting countries from which they clearly trace their ancestry.

For President Uhuru Kenyatta and his security team, the visit should be an opportunity to hear from Mr Obama how to think of security more strategically.

The US government, under President Obama, tactfully withdrew its troops from the mess that Iraq had become following the military misadventures by his predecessor. This has reduced homegrown terrorism in the US.

We can use this template to carefully interrogate our role in Somalia. In other words, a clear plan of bringing back our troops from Somalia is central in building a more secure Kenya in future than merely asking for withdrawal of advisories.

Still, other demands appear sensible. The clamour for more equity insofar as trade is concerned needs to be loudly and clearly articulated.

More important, there is a need to seek more latitude in having Kenyan produced goods access the US market affirmatively. However, at the end of the day, Kenyans will still have to save themselves.

Dr. Omanga is the head of the Publishing and Media Studies Department at Moi University’s School of Information Sciences in Kenya. ankodani@yahoo.com 

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Forthcoming 2016 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering and impactful multimedia works on African and American interests. @Chido247


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

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Why I seek Obama’s assistance in locating, returning $150 billion of Nigeria’s stolen funds. By Muhammadu Buhari

Why I seek Obama’s assistance in locating, returning $150 billion of Nigeria’s stolen funds. By Muhammadu Buhari
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Why I seek Obama’s assistance in locating, returning $150 billion of Nigeria’s stolen funds
By Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria.

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247 

 

This month (July 2015), the world moved a step closer to the defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the northern states of Nigeria. In one of my first acts since taking office as president six weeks ago, I have replaced the heads of Nigeria’s army, navy and air force. Our new military leadership has not been chosen because of their familiarity with those in government, as was too often the case in the past, but on their track records and qualifications alone.

These new military leaders will be based in Borno State in northern Nigeria, where the headquarters of the armed services has been relocated. This shift of resources and command directly to the front line, in addition to the replacement of the head of the State Security Service, Nigeria’s intelligence organization, and a new emphasis on working in partnership with our neighbors, has equipped us to take the fight directly to Boko Haram.
Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw only last week when an elderly woman and 10-year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We should not be confused by this change, hateful as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing.

While we work to defeat the terrorists, I ask the people of Nigeria and the world for resolve and fortitude. The campaign we will wage will not be easy; it may not be swift. We should expect stages of success and also moments when it may appear that our advances have been checked. But no one should have any doubt as to the strength of our collective will or my commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace and normalcy to all affected areas.

Similarly, my determination should not be underestimated in other matters. This includes instilling good governance and tackling the scourge of corruption that has held Nigeria back for too long.
As I meet with President Obama today — the first time a president of the United States will encounter a Nigerian counterpart following the peaceful transfer of power in a contested election in our history — I will be discussing my plans for critical reforms. So, too, will I discuss why the formation of my administration is taking time and, crucially, why it must. Already there are voices saying these changes are taking too long — even though only six weeks have passed since my inauguration. I hear such calls, but this task cannot and should not be rushed.
When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for several months after first taking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim. In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.
I cannot stress how important it is to ensure that this process is carried out correctly, just as it has been crucial to first install the correct leadership of the military and security services before we fully take the fight to Boko Haram.
There are too few examples in the history of Nigeria since independence where it can be said that good management and governance were instituted at a national level. This lack of a governance framework has allowed many of those in charge, devoid of any real checks and balances, to plunder. The fact that I now seek Obama’s assistance in locating and returning $150 billion in funds stolen in the past decade and held in foreign bank accounts on behalf of former, corrupt officials is testament to how badly Nigeria has been run. This way of conducting our affairs cannot continue.
Indeed, the failure of governance, it can be argued, has been as much a factor in Nigeria’s inability thus far to defeat Boko Haram as have been issues with the military campaign itself.

So the path we must take is simple, even if it is not easy: First, instill rules and good governance; second, install officials who are experienced and capable of managing state agencies and ministries; and third, seek to recover funds stolen under previous regimes so that this money can be invested in Nigeria for the benefit of all of our citizens.

We seek the support and partnership of the United States in these tasks. The importance of the fight against terrorism and corruption in Nigeria, Africa’s most powerful economy and largest populace, cannot be underestimated. Our allies can provide much-needed military training and intelligence as our soldiers take the war effort to Boko Haram. Similarly, we look to U.S. businesses as well as the Obama administration to help develop governance initiatives that can ensure that Nigeria’s wealth benefits all its people, not just a few. By taking these steps, we will be positioned to benefit from increased investment — particularly in energy and electricity — from the United States.
I was elected on a platform of change. I know this is what the people of Nigeria desire more than anything else. I know they are impatient for action. I realize the world waits to see evidence that my administration will be different from all those that came before. Yet reforming my country after so many years of abuse cannot be achieved overnight. In our campaigns against both Boko Haram and corruption, we should remain steadfast and remember, as it is said: “Have patience. All things become difficult before they become easy.”


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for h

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Obama and Nigeria’s Buhari in #BokoHaram summit in Washington DC. by Chido Nwangwu

Obama and Nigeria’s Buhari in #BokoHaram summit in Washington DC. by Chido Nwangwu
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Obama and Nigeria’s Buhari in Boko Haram summit in Washington DC

By Dr. CHIDO NWANGWU

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247 

Houston, Texas: On Monday July 20, 2015, U.S President Barack Obama will host Nigeria’s democratically-elected President, the retired army general Muhammadu Buhari, to discuss regional security interests and economic issues.

I’ll call it the Boko Haram summit in Washington DC!

Why?

It is in the national and international security interests of the two countries to tackle Boko Haram. Especially troubling for Nigeria and the U.S is the operational convergence of the ISIS  and Boko Haram.

First, Obama, son of a Kenyan immigrant-scholar, should underscore for Buhari the key point that the former soldier was voted into power at a historic juncture, amidst the dramatic interplay of both squandered and current opportunities for a national rebirth of Nigeria. Buhari must move to a higher purpose, away from the seductions and assumptions  of extraordinary power and the trails of nepotism.

Second, it is remarkable that the Islamic group’s response since Buhari announced at his swearing-in on May 29, 2015 he will crush the group has been Boko’s killing of almost 600 persons, destruction of mosques and churches

Third, the defiant escalation by the ISIS-backed terrorists Boko Haram regarding who defines and holds final authority and power over the geo-political integrity of Nigeria cannot be waived away as the misguided acts of a “rag-tag army” of mad zealots. Evidently, if anyone dismisses the Boko Haram soldiers as simply mad, they miss a tactical reality: there’s a method to the Boko “madness.”                                                                                                                      .

Consequently, Buhari, who has faced the almost daily embarrassment and relative emasculating of his presidency by daily murderous bomb attacks  by Boko Haram,  will seek  an increase of American technical support in order to fight the northeast Nigerian radical Islamists group Boko Haram..

Fourth, issue for the two men is the realistic assessment of the facts that since the price of a barrel of crude oil has dropped by almost 54%, Nigeria depends on crude oil/petroleum sale for nearly 71% of its national income, there will necessarily be, at least, a 48% reduction in funds going to the 36 States of Nigeria and its local government administrations. According to the Deutsche Bank, for Nigeria to balance its federal budget for the 2014-2015 period, it needs a revenue stream pegged at $120 per barrel.

Nigeria’s 1.8 million barrels of oil per day (OPEC’s 7th highest; same as Angola) will need to be increased to at least 2.1 million barrels per day to begin to meet the spiraling bars of expectations awaiting Buhari, the 72-years-old man who ruled the country as a dictator  from December 1983 to August 1985. Before then, he ran the national oil behemoth, NNPC without any reported issue of corruption or self-enrichment.   

Fifth item which will be raised by Obama, U.S VP Joe Biden and other American leaders is Corruption — especially the oil/gas/petroleum sector. Buhari will offer the assurances of his direct handling of things in that area; reflecting what one of President Buhari’s associates told me “is part of his moves to cut down corruption.” I think that will be a popular move but an avoidable personalization.

I think that Buhari has to profit from the lessons of the mistakes of the previous leaders and presidents from the country. Especially, from one man who is similar to him in some ways. From 1999 to 2007, the presidency of the man, retired General Olusegun Obasanjo rolled like a juggernaut. He, too, kept the oil portfolio and achieved minimal results — with resources squandered in petty fights and punitive expeditions and private appropriations — all wrapped in his torn and incredible garment of ‘Nigeria’s National Interest.’

I am hopeful that millions of dedicated Nigerians and Buhari are capable of demolishing the infrastructure and commanders of Nigeria’s Corruption Inc. He has been, literarily, canonized almost as the second coming of a strict “miracle worker” by his supporters and a jaded country.

Interesting, too, that already the captains of corruption who wickedly reduced Nigerians to children of a lesser god are afraid of the emerging Buhari presidency.

 No wonder that in the face of a dithering but gracious and younger President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerians chose to return to the past with a tested, battle-hardened former dictator to fight corruption, deepen democracy, sort out basic electricity and optimize Nigeria’s future before it  drowns in itsChido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014 own hideous orchestra of mediocrity and mechanized ethno-religious bigotry.

On balance, I believe Buhari has the capacity to rise to the challenge of history to be recorded as a man who had a rare second chance and truly turned Nigeria away from being the playground of economic leeches, political gangsters, irreligious murderers and from its depiction, stereotype and realities as a republic of corruption.

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.  He’s completing the 2016 book, titled ‘Mandela & Achebe: Footprints of Greatness.’ wireless +1-832-452-4436   E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com

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Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.   E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com

 

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Boko Haram strikes again; 30 killed in Ngamdu; hundreds run from homes

Boko Haram strikes again; 30 killed in Ngamdu; hundreds run from homes
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At least 30 people were killed in three attacks by Islamists in northeastern Nigeria, local officials and inhabitants said Wednesday. The three assaults were carried out simultaneously Tuesday. In the deadliest, over 20 were killed outside Ngamdu, a local legislator, Mohammed Sando, told AFP.

“Boko Haram gunmen … yesterday set up a barricade on the Damaturu-Maidiguri highway just outside Ngamdu, and attacked motorists. They killed over 20,” Sando said.

“They then moved to Ngamdu and began to set houses on fire. Last week they burnt almost half the village in a similar raid,” he added.

Haruna Kabil, a bus driver, said a large number of people from Ngamdu fled their homes after the attacks.

“Some houses in Ngamdu were smouldering when I passed this morning. I learned from some passengers I took from Ngamdu that Boko Haram invaded the village in the evening and began burning homes after attacking motorists on the highway. They said that many people were killed on the highway, by the attackers,” Kabil told AFP.

Near Baga, which is located northeast of Ngamdu, Boko Haram attacked residents who had decided to return home from Maiduguri, where they had been living in forced displacement since January.

“Yesterday, they chartered a lorry to (take) them to Baga. On reaching Garin-Giwa, which is just 4km from Baga, they were ambushed by Boko Haram gunmen who opened fire on the vehicle, forcing dozens of men inside to flee into the bush,” said Abubakar Gamandi, head of the fishermen’s union in Borno state.

“The gunmen however apprehended eight of the passengers and shot them in the head,” he added.

In Damasak, Boko Haram assailants set fire to the town and “opened fire on everyone they saw,” said local resident Buba Ari. “We are now going through the burnt area looking for bodies. So far we have covered five.”

The attacks underlined the threat still posed by the Islamists, despite the authorities’ pledges to crush Boko Haram’s insurgency and with a new regional force set to deploy at the end of the month. — AFP

USAfrica: Obama to host Buhari in Washington DC on July 20

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

”President Obama will host Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House,” on July 20, the White House has announced in a statement received by USAfrica. It will be the first meeting for the two leaders in Washington DC., and their second meeting this year.

The visit, the statement notes, will reflect “our support for the Nigerian people following their historic democratic elections and peaceful transfer of power.”

Among the issues Obama and Buhari will be tackling include the fight against the Islamic terrorists Boko Haram and how to “unlock (Nigeria’s) full potential as a regional and global leader.”

Buhari was sworn in on May 29, 2015; his second time as head of state of Nigeria.  Nigeria has major business and strategic interests with the U.S. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. @Chido247 


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com

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USAfrica BreakingNEWS: Female suicide bomber targets mosque in Kano

USAfrica BreakingNEWS: Female suicide bomber targets mosque in Kano
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USAfrica BreakingNEWS: Female suicide bomber targets mosque in Kano; shortly after Jos blasts

A female suicide bomber, in what seems part of a pattern of new attacks on mosques, detonated explosives at Dangi Jumat Mosque in Kano State, a few hours ago. She killed herself. It is suspected that she is part of the Islamists terror group Boko Haram. The group has not claimed responsibility for her action.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Police spokesman in Kano State, Magaji Majia, has confirmed the attack. Yesterday, there were two attacks killed 46  persons in Jos, the capital of Plateau State. As Buhari prepares his fight plan, Boko Haram has killed, at least, 210 Nigerians since he assumed the presidency on May 29, 215 pledging to deal the Boko Haram a decisive, finishing blow.

USAfrica:: Buhari’s rejection of Rolls-Royce ride in London, Obasanjo and lessons of history. By Chido Nwangwu.  http://usafricaonline.com/2015/05/24/buharis-rejection-of-rolls-royce-ride-in-london-obasanjo-and-lessons-of-history-by-chido-nwangwu/

 


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: On Same Sex Marriage, U.S Supreme Court says it is Legal; Scalia attacks ruling

USAfrica: On Same Sex Marriage, U.S Supreme Court says it is Legal; Scalia attacks ruling
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USAfrica: On Same Sex Marriage, U.S Supreme Court says it is Legal; Scalia attacks ruling; Obama praises it.

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled, in an announcement today (June 26, 2015) that same-sex (gay) marriage is legal in a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The opinion holds that the 14th Amendment requires a state to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples. The four dissenting justices wrote individual opinions.

President Barack Obama is in support of same sex marriage, and a few minutes ago called the plaintiff, Mr. Obergefell.

Most African countries and Presidents are strongly opposed, as reflected in the USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com News Index 2000 to 2015, to same sex marriage and have passed legislations/laws against it.

In his opposition, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a scorching dissenting opinion attacking the court’s decision, insisting that “The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”
Scalia countered the Court’s position that “The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality.’ (Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.”

In voting in support, the liberal Justice Kennedy wrote an opinion, stating:
“Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. Its dynamic allows two people to find a life that could not be found alone, for a marriage becomes greater than just the two persons. Rising from the most basic human needs, marriage is essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations.Barack-Obama-President_speakn
“Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect—and need—for its privileges and responsibilities. And their immutable nature dictates that same-sex marriage is their only real path to this profound commitment.

“The ancient origins of marriage confirm its centrality, but it has not stood in isolation from developments in law and society. The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. That institution—even as confined to opposite-sex relations—has evolved over time.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Traditional groups and faiths organizations have been expressing their opposition to same sex/homosexual marriage. Scalia dismissed the ruling “as pretentious as its content is egotistic.” But it has become the law of the land, in the U.S., and will have policy implications for its relationships with African countries. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks, Houston. 

VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: #Buhari, #Obasanjo and #AbdulSalami together at AU summit in South Africa

USAfrica: #Buhari, #Obasanjo and #AbdulSalami together at AU summit in South Africa
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Buhari-Obasanjo-Abdulsalami-SouthAfrica-june2015-IMG_4746USAfrica: #Buhari, #Obasanjo and #AbdulSalami together at AU summit in South Africa

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari with two former heads of state of Nigeria, retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and retired Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar at the ongoing 25th Africa Union Summit in South Africa. USAfrica notes that Buhari is also a former army General and military head of state who was elected and inaugurated on May 29, 2015.  @GarShehu: RT @NGRPresident: .@MBuhari

USAfrica:: Buhari’s rejection of Rolls-Royce ride in London, Obasanjo and lessons of history. By Chido Nwangwu.  http://usafricaonline.com/2015/05/24/buharis-rejection-of-rolls-royce-ride-in-london-obasanjo-and-lessons-of-history-by-chido-nwangwu/

 


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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#WarCriminal #Sudan president #al-Bashir barred from leaving South Africa pending court’s decision

#WarCriminal #Sudan president #al-Bashir barred from leaving South Africa pending court’s decision
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#WarCriminal #Sudan president #al-Bashir barred from leaving South Africa pending court’s decision

 

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

A South African court issued an interim order on Sunday (June 14, 2015, as he is attending the African Union summit in Johannesburg) preventing Omar Bashir leaving the country, until the judge hears an application calling for his arrest. Bashir is accused in an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant of war crimes and crimes against humanity over atrocities in the Darfur conflict.

The judge also ordered that Department of Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni ensure that the order is served on individual officials in charge of all the country’s points of exit. The Judge also ordered the home affairs department to provide proof that the order had been served on the officials.

Bashir is in South Africa to attend the African Union heads of state summit. The Southern African Litigation Centre brought the application for an order compelling SA to issue a warrant for Al-Bashir’s arrest on Sunday following a call for his arrest at the summit by the International Criminal Court.

Arguing for the order be served on individuals in charge of all points of exit‚ the centre’s lawyer‚ Isabel Goodman‚ argued that this would ensure who should be held liable should Al-Bashir slip off.

She said immigration officials at OR Tambo had refused to accept the interim barring order Judge Fabricius granted on Sunday morning.

“We sought to serve the order but officials were not willing to accept it. We fear that officials will not service the order. Individual officials should be given responsibility to service the order so that if he leaves‚ then we know against whom the contempt application would be brought‚” she said.

In court papers the Executive director of the SALC, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh said that the Centre had briefed its lawyers since 2009 to prepare papers when they became aware that Bashir was invited to inauguration of President Jacob Zuma.

The SALC says it should not have been necessary for them to compel government to perform its constitutional duty of arresting Sudan’s president, but the Centre want the court to compel the State comply with their international obligations by arresting Bashir.

Ramjathan-Keogh said that they were alerted to Bashir presence in country from a number of media reports. Bashir was also listed as a speaker on the AU Summit Programme.

Bashir is accused committing genocide and war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Dafur, Sudan. On 4 March in 2009 the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the Bashir.

In the court papers SALC claims that Bashir is criminal responsible for attacks against a section of the civilian populations of Darfur, which including murder, rape, torture, extermination and forcibly moving large numbers of civilians.

Crimes were allegedly committed in during five year counter-insurgency campaign by Sudan’s government which was started in 2003. The campaign was aimed against the Sudanese Liberation Movement, The Justice and Equality Movement and other armed groups.

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The conflict resulted in the death of more than 300‚000 people and displacement of 2.5-million people‚ according to United Nations.

Ramjathan-Keogh argued in its papers that under the Rome Statute those crimes are prohibited. The South African government signed the Rome Statute in July 2000 and ratified it in November that year. Because the law was ratified South Africa it is obliged to abide by the laws of the statute and therefore assist the ICC in bring Bashir to stand trial.

The SALC says that Minster of Safety and Security and National Commissioner of the South Africa Police Service among others are required to “arrest and/or detention of person whom, under South African and international law, are suspected of crimes.”

SALC also said that South Africa had failed in legal duties inviting Bashir to enter South Africa in the first place and then failing to arrest him when he arrived.

The ICC claims that irrespective of the fact the Bashir is a sitting president, that does not exclude his criminal responsibility nor does it grant him immunity. The Centre said it was matter of urgency for the court to rule it was likely Bashir would leave the country once he becomes aware of the application.

Ramjathan-Keogh said if Bashir left the country he would be beyond the reach of the South African judicial system and South Africa would have failed in its international duties to the ICC.

In a statement‚ the ICC called on all states to fulfil their obligations to execute the arrest warrants against Al Bashir.

“In light of information regarding a possible travel to South Africa of Mr Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir‚ President of Republic of Sudan‚ to participate in the 25th Summit of the African Union‚ the President of the Assembly of States to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court‚ H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba‚ recalls that two arrest warrants issued by the Court against Mr Al-Bashir remain outstanding.

“The President of the Assembly expresses his deep concern about the negative consequences for the Court in case of non-execution of the warrants by States Parties and‚ in this regard‚ urges them to respect their obligations to cooperate with the Court.

“To this end‚ he calls on South Africa‚ which has always contributed to the strengthening of the Court‚ to spare no effort in ensuring the execution of the arrest warrants if the information received is confirmed‚” the ICC statement read.

Opposing the matter on Sunday‚ Isabelle Ellis‚ for the SA government‚ argued that there was a Cabinet decision to adopt the African Union’s (AU’s) resolution not to comply with the ICC’s call to arrest Bashir.

The Judge said that the hearing into the matter would resume at 11.30am on Monday June 15, 2015. USAfrica with news wire reports.

VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: Buhari’s ministerial list, women should get 12 to 15 appointees, says UPP’s Ada Egbufor

USAfrica: Buhari’s ministerial list, women should get 12 to 15 appointees, says UPP’s Ada Egbufor
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Buhari’s ministerial list: women should get 12 to 15 appointees, says UPP’s Ada Egbufor

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

The candidate of Nigeria’s UPP for the Orlu senatorial area of Orlu in Imo State, Barrister Ada Egbufor has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to set an inclusive government with women in key positions. “The President should recognize that the Nigerian woman is the key to the development of our nation. I encourage him to ensure that his cabinet has a significant number of women as well as in other key positions in his administration”, she stated during an exclusive interview with USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu on June 13, 2015.

 

muhammadu-buhari_portraitMs. Egbufor also said “There is absolutely no reason why we should not have at least 12 to 15 women ministers in this government. Much is being expected of President Buhari not just in fighting corruption but in other aspects of our country. Needless to say that if you want to fight corruption you must involve women or else it’s going to be a flop…. The Nigerian woman has for the longest been neglected. Nigeria still ranks lowest in the world when it comes to women participation in government. They are treated as war spoils. The issue of domestic abuse is not taken seriously. Nigerian women rank second in maternal mortality in the world after India.”

She added that her concerns are drawn from recent events, arguing that” I couldn’t help but notice that during his election campaign, he said very little on how he will involve women in his government.  His inaugural speech made no mention of the role women will play in his government. I am hoping that this is not reflective of how he will treat women going forward.”
She asserted that “The Nigerian woman is intelligent, smart, strong and very capable of playing a very effective role in public service at all levels. Unfortunately the face of our National Assembly does not reflect that….”
In politics of Nigeria, she pointed out “we are not taken seriously even when we are better qualified. The electoral political terrain is made antagonistic so much that our women feel that it is out of their reach.”

USAfrica:: Buhari’s rejection of Rolls-Royce ride in London, Obasanjo and lessons of history. By Chido Nwangwu.  http://usafricaonline.com/2015/05/24/buharis-rejection-of-rolls-royce-ride-in-london-obasanjo-and-lessons-of-history-by-chido-nwangwu/

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USAfrica: Akon’s ‘Lighting Africa’ project to provide 600 million Africans with power, employment

USAfrica: Akon’s ‘Lighting Africa’ project to provide 600 million Africans with power, employment
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Akon’s ‘Lighting Africa’ project to provide 600 million Africans with power, employment

 

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

The music superstar, Akon, is launching a solar academy in Mali with which he plans to provide electricity to 600 million people across Africa.
His project partners include Solektra International, and they will train Africans in “every aspect of installing and maintaining solar-powered electric systems and micro-grids.”

According to the project’s co-founder Samba Bathily: “Akon-wt-Chido_at-Obama-jan2009-inaug-ball_akon-wt-CLASSmagazineWe have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise and that is our objective….. We are doing more than just investing in clean energy. We are investing in human capital. We can achieve great milestones and accelerate the African transformation process on condition that we start training a new generation of highly qualified African engineers, technicians and entrepreneurs now.”

USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine research indicate that Akon is the most successful
music entrepreneur from the African continent based in the U.S. He has won several of music’s top awards. By Janet Johnson. (in the picture: Akon wt USAfrica & CLASSmagazine Founder Chido Nwangwu at President Barack Obama’s historic inaugural ball in Washington DC., January 2009; Akon-wt-CLASSmagazine).


Boko Haram: SkyNews London interview wt USAfrica Publisher Dr. Chido Nwangwu on BOKO HARAM vs BUHARI (Nigeria’s President inaugurated May 29, 2015). Interview on May 30 (Houston) May 31 (London) 2015

 

 

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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Buhari’s rejection of Rolls-Royce ride in London, Obasanjo and lessons of history. By Chido Nwangwu

Buhari’s rejection of Rolls-Royce ride in London, Obasanjo and lessons of history. By Chido Nwangwu
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 USAfrica:: Buhari’s rejection of Rolls-Royce ride in London, Obasanjo and lessons of history. 

By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

A few days ago, Nigeria’s newly elected president who will be sworn in on May 29,  retired army general Muhammadu Buhari, snubbed and turned away a prestigious convoy of cars including the power establishments’ ultimate car Rolls-Royce from the Nigerian high commission in London, for a modest Toyota Camry from a private arrangement.
It is a matter of fact that the diplomatic corps and influence peddlers around the high commission were shocked by this rare act of dignity and responsibility and example shown by the former military head of state. Buhari ruled briefly from December 1983 to August 1985 before the Gen. Ibrahim Babangida clique forced him and late Brigadier Tunde Idiagbon out of office.
;Second, as a leader Buhari has shown that the paraphernalia of office, the pomp and pageantry of presidential authority and the flamboyant accoutrements of power do not fall into his areas of interest or indulgence. I believe that the man wants to make history as a potentially great Nigerian president.
Third, Buhari is starting well by  sending the right warning message to all those serial swindlers and misappropriation cabal who are clothed and fed and wined by our scarce resources. I believe Buhari’s austere and spartan approach has made very uncomfortable the maniacally greedy and violent gormandizers of Nigeria’s commonwealth and resources. It’s about time for Nigeria– especially after watching the country of 172 million struggled through the blinding bouts of corruption and primitive thieving since the 16 years of the PDP locust and profligacy which formed the end notes of the Goodluck Jonathan indecisive presidency. Before him and with him came the corrupt presidential docility years of the late Umar Yar’Adua.
Fourth,  I know that for Buhari — of the Fulani-Kanuri heritage and a conservative Muslim — to be that great Nigerian leader, he has to profit from the lessons of the mistakes of the previous leaders and presidents from the country. Especially, from one man who is similar to him in some ways.
Remarkably, from 1999 to 2007, the presidency of the man, retired General Olusegun Obasanjo of the political-business animal called the PDP, rolled like a juggernaut.
Fifth, like Buhari’s coming into Abuja to lead, Nigerians held high hopes for Olusegun Obasanjo that, tragically, he thought 8 years in office could also mean 80 years. No!
I recall that Obasanjo’s redemption opportunities to truly perform to historical distinction were squandered in petty fights and punitive expeditions and private appropriations — all wrapped in his torn and incredible garment of ‘Nigeria’s National Interest.’ Consequently, my mentor, the greatest novelist of African descent, Chinua Achebe, protested and rejected Obasanjo’s “national award” as published first on USAfricaonline.com
Sixth, like Buhari, Obasanjo is the only other Nigerian who served as a dictator and as an elected leader.  I met Chief Obasanjo 3 times in Houston when he came out of Sani Abacha’s prison during his first trip after his release; when he decided to run for president in 1999 and after he was victorious; and once in Calabar, Obudu ranch and Tinapa port during the outstanding governorship of Donald Duke.

Seventh, Buhari benefits by taking Objective recommendations from Obasanjo, while looking beyond Obasanjo’s faux righteousness and spin. Regardless and frankly, Nigerians still recall Obasanjo for  the serial corruption of budgeting and spending billions in the monumental failure to give as little as 15% of Nigerians steady supply of electricity or cooking gas or kerosene!

Eight, like Buhari,  Obasanjo is remembered for unlawful and unconstitutional impunity and operational excesses. Both men were foes of the freedom of the media….
In terms of the challenges ahead, as President Buhari is inaugurated on May 29th as a democratically-elected president, it is important that he profits from the lessons of history, and I have to say it, particularly,  the reasons why so many leaders in Nigeria’s history squander opportunities for greatness. Buhari should remember that Nigerians voted for him in high numbers in order to fight corruption, corruption and corruption. Interesting that already the captains of corruption who wickedly reduced Nigerians to children of a lesser god are afraid of the emerging Buhari presidency.
Buhari has the capacity to rise to the challenge of history to be recorded as a man who had a rare second chance and truly turned Nigeria away from being the playground of economic leeches, political gangsters, irreligious murderers, social swines….
He should Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014also note that they would not give up without a fight. Those legions of perversion, those offsprings of Machiavelli who show no fear of God!
Buhari, in my view, has an advantage because he wants to make history instead of coming in to stack mountains of dollars, euros and Naira for his great grand, grand, grand children in Daura, Dubai, Maidugiri, Abuja, Lagos, Aba….  •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; served as adviser to Houston’s ex Mayor on Africa business and recipient of several journalism and public POLICY awards, has been profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia 
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: Otti vs Ikpeazu, election tribunal grants Otti inspection of ballot papers, card readers, sensitive electoral materials

USAfrica: Otti vs Ikpeazu, election tribunal grants Otti inspection of ballot papers, card readers, sensitive electoral materials
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USAfrica: Otti vs Ikpeazu, election tribunal grants Otti inspection of ballot papers, card readers, sensitive electoral materials.

The battle over who ultimately will govern Abia State of Nigeria moved, formally, today to the 2015 governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Umuahia. USAfricaonline.com is reporting that the tribunal has granted an order to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the April elections in Abia state, Dr. Alex Otti, to inspect some electoral materials used for the elections. 

Dr. Otti insists in an interview with USAfrica that “there was widespread rigging and falsification of results by the ruling PDP. With accurate and factual count, I should have been declared the rightful winner of the 2015 election.” Hence, counsel to the petitioner (Otti), Chris Uche (SAN), moved an exparte motion praying the tribunal during its inaugural sitting to inspect ballot papers, card readers and form EC8G and other sensitive electoral materials. He also moved another exparte motion to serve the 1st respondent PDP’s candidate Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu through substituted means.

 The chairman of the tribunal Justice Usman Bwala in his ruling, granted both prayers and ordered that the first respondent, Dr. Ikpeazu be served using substituted means.The Inspection was fixed for 27th, 28th and 30th  of May, 2015.

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Reacting to the ruling, the counsel to the petitioner, Chris Uche (SAN), said the tribunal granted them three days to inspect the materials at INEC office in Umuahia, adding that their team will be bringing, experts for forensic analysis as well as statisticians.

The chairman of the tribunal had during the inaugural sitting admonished all parties in the case to stay clear of them throughout the period of the sitting to enable them discharge their duties without interference.

Ikpeazu, having been declared winner by the INEC, is set to be sworn in on May 29, 2015.

Court was adjourned to 11th June 2015 for mention/pre-trial. USAfrica and IgboEvents will bring breaking news and insights to the case.

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South Africa’s opposition party elects first black leader

South Africa’s opposition party elects first black leader
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By Darren Mara/SBS

 

It’s a major step in the Democratic Alliance’s bid to present itself as an alternative to the ruling African National Congress.

 

maimane-south_africa-dem-partyThe election of 34 year old Mmusi Maimane is an attempt by the DA to broaden its appeal among black voters, more than two decades after the formal end of apartheid. Maimane wasted no time addressing the topic of race.

 

“Here in this party, there will be no room for those who seek to divide or those who want to mobilise on the basis of race.” Maimane started his rise to prominence in 2011, when he became the party’s national spokesman.

 

In the 2014 national elections, he lost his bid to lead the provincial government of South Africa’s richest province, Gauteng, but shortly afterwards took up the position of the DA’s parliamentary leader.

 

Maimane got to work quickly outlining his vision for South Africa. “We accept the fact that black South Africans in the main have been disadvantaged by our past. I mean that statement is quite clear that where we want to get to is to build a society. And we must accept that young people are equally disadvantaged. I made the point 66 per cent of them form part of the 35 per cent who are unemployed. We have got to work harder towards that so that one day the opportunities that are open to South Africans, the destination surely must be building a diverse society.”

 

The DA’s former leader, Helen Zille, says Mr Maimane’s election signals a new dawn for the party and for South Africa.

 

Ms Zille is stepping down after leading the party to 22 per cent of votes in the 2014 national election, its best performance.

 

The ruling party and former liberation movement the African National Congress won that poll with more than 60 per cent of votes.

 

Ms Zille told SABC News Mr Maimane’s election can strengthen South African democracy.

 

“A new chapter, a new era for South Africa. The Democratic Alliance is going and growing and winning, and that is good news for South Africa and our democracy, for everybody’s rights, for everybody’s freedom, fairness and opportunity for every single citizen of South Africa.”

Much of South Africa’s black population lives in poverty and the DA hopes Mr Maimane’s election can help broaden its appeal in a country still deeply divided along racial lines.

The Democratic Alliance is considered a traditionally white party and some critics accuse it of not being fully committed to transforming the country’s inequalities.

That includes not supporting an affirmative action law requiring companies and institutions to increase the number of blacks in their ranks.

These DA supporters told SABC News, they have faith in Mr Maimane’s ability to break through racial barriers.

“(People talk) as if the DA is only a white party, but now we’ve voted for Mmusi Maimane they’re going to see that the purpose of this is not for white, is not for black: the purpose is to make a change in this new South Africa.”

“Excited and delighted because this is the new dawn … it’s happening today. So I’m excited.”

“Great victory for democracy. I think this is how South Africa should work.”

“I’m feeling great. It’s growth, it’s development and we’re going forward.”

 

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#USAfrica BRKNEWS: Previously cancelled Obingwa not in Abia State governorship 2015 Election rerun areas

#USAfrica BRKNEWS: Previously cancelled Obingwa not in Abia State governorship 2015 Election rerun areas
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#USAfrica BRKNEWS: Previously cancelled Obingwa not in Abia State governorship 2015 Election rerun areas

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston, Lagos, Aba. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

ABIA governorship 2015 Election rerun areas:
1 Aba north
2. Aba south
3. Ikwuano
 4. Isiala Ngwa north
4. Umunneochi
5. Osisioma
6. Ohafia
7. Umuahia north
8. Umuahia south
9. Ugwunagbo
Curiously, Obingwa initially announced cancelled by Abia Returning Officer Prof Ozumba (current vice chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka) due to electoral malpractices was left out.
PDP claimed a whopping 84,000 votes — which USAfrica notes is dramatically far beyond the total number of actual voters and number of pvc cards for Obingwa. APGA and the APC raised objections. By Chido Nwangwu in Umuahia, Abia State. Chido247@gmail.com

APGA’s DR. OTTI SAYS “NO AMOUNT OF INTIMIDATION AND VIOLENCE WILL STOP THE VOTES FOR CHANGE IN ABIA”

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston, Lagos, Aba. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

The APGA Abia State governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti (OFR), has, a few minutes ago, issued his reaction to the unfolding events of the deadly, sponsored and armed attack of Thursday March 19, 2015 while he was campaigning.

In his news release sent to USAfricaonline.com, the former Group Managing Director of Diamond BANK and first class graduate in economics from the University of Port Harcourt, called “the attention of the peace loving people of Abia State regardless of their political affiliation, and fellow  Nigerians to the increase in politics of violence and intimidation being TARGETED at my  campaign for governor by theAbia State government and their hirelings.”Dr. Otti added “as is public knowledge,the government ofAbia State has consistently deployed and unleashed the raw power, intimidation and allmanner ofAbia government brutality against myAPGA governorship campaign and candidacy. Evidently, the regime of T.A.Orji and his cronies have become very desperate since their rounds of propaganda and strings of malicious lies usingAbia government agencies to attack our surging, development agenda driven campaign have failed woefully.”He predicted that “the feverish anxieties of TA & Co will evaporate on April 11, 2015 through the power of the popular votes of the long-suffering people of Abia State! No amount of intimidation and threats can overcome the will and determination of Ndi Aba, Enyimba city, of Ndi Abia as a whole to chart a new and better course; far away from the remnants of the Gov. T.A Orji brigade.”

He appealed to “my supporters to remain steadfast and ensure you cast your vote for me and APGA. Victory is within reach; we’ve come too far, away from T.A’s Babylon!”

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, SECURITY, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: INEC Chairman Jega calling for Abia senatorial voting materials of March 28

USAfrica: INEC Chairman Jega calling for Abia senatorial voting materials of March 28
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USAfrica: INEC Chairman Jega calling for Abia senatorial voting materials of March 28.

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

The chairman of Nigeria’s elections commission Prof. Attahiru Jega, according to USAfrica sources in Abia State and Abuja, has instructed that all the relevant documents and materials concerning Abia North and Abia Central senatorial elections be brought to the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com can report first and exclusively that INEC seeks to be able to determine that the results accurately reflect Actual polling units numbers as compared to collation centers totals.

These developments are coming within the context of the formal protests by the APGA party leadership who allege that the ruling PDP “rigged the March 28 elections in Abia” and assert they have lodged formal complaints with INEC.

USAfrica notes that the call for review of voting materials does not mean the granting of the APGA demand for a cancellation of the election.

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With razor’s edge elections, eyes of the world on pregnant Nigeria

By Chido Nwangwu. 

http://usafricaonline.com/2015/03/28/usafrica-with-razors-edge-elections-eyes-of-the-world-on-pregnant-nigeria-by-chido-nwangwu/

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

USAfrica, March 28, 2015: Beyond the niceties and glad-handing between incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan (of the PDP) and his opponent retired General Muhammad Buhari (of the APC), Houston-based USAfricaonline.com is reporting that there are simmering tension at several flashpoints as 55 million of Nigeria’s 160 million citizens carry a pregnant future on their PVCs (permanent voter’s cards) into and outside the balloting grounds. Especially in the Rivers State, Lagos State, Ekiti, Ondo, Imo, Delta, Borno and Kaduna and Nasarawa states..     

Soldiers have been deployed at key LOCATIONS across the country.

The activist supporters of the 2 major candidates are both making preemptive claims to a certain victory at the polls. Those are veritable RECIPES for post-election conflict between supporters of Buhari who come from the mainly Islamic north, plus swaths of support from the Bola Tinubu-led campaign machine in  the Yoruba southwest versus those of the President drawn mainly from the South South, South East and north central.

The statistical difference between the presidential election opinion polls are so marginal that different interests groups have interpreted the polling data to ASSIGN victory on March 28, 2015.

In a metaphorical as much as practical depiction, I know that Nigeria is pregnant but no one is certain whether on March 31, it will be a Frankenstein; or a Frankenstein….                                                            •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; served as adviser to Houston’s ex Mayor on Africa business and recipient of several journalism and public POLICY awards, has been profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. —–

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCE, SECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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BrkNEWS: 147 killed at #Kenya university campus by Islamic terror group al-Shabab

BrkNEWS: 147 killed at #Kenya university campus by Islamic terror group al-Shabab
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147 killed at Kenya university campus by Islamic terror group al-Shabab

Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has said the death toll in Garissa University College has risen to 174 students as a bloody result of the early morning attack by Islamic terror group al-Shabab. Four terrorist who carried out the attack were killed; and one soldier and a policeman were also killed.

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USAfrica: With President-elect #Buhari, Nigeria resets its geo-politics, future….

USAfrica: With President-elect #Buhari, Nigeria resets its geo-politics, future….
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With President-elect #Buhari, Nigeria resets its geo-politics, future…. By Chido Nwangwu

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Video: International forum on ‪ 2015 #‎Nigeria‬ Elections at Texas Southern University’s Martin Luther King center.

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An international forum on ‪#‎Nigeria‬ Elections 2015 and its aftermath has been held at the Texas Southern University’s Martin Luther King center. The televised broadcast was co-sponsored by the League of Nigerian Professionals, TSU, USAfrica and MBC television.

Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder of ‪#‎USAfrica‬ multimedia networks who also appears as an analyst on CNN and SkyNews (London), moderated the diaspora forum which took place on March 23.

Among the panelists were Prof. David Olowokere, Professor and Head, Department of Engineering, Texas Southern University. Abdul Aziz Alhassan, M.D., a family medicine physician and current medical director for the Galveston county health district. He’s a native of Gwadabawa Sokoto State of Nigeria.
Ben Amushie, artiste and screen writer.
For exclusive insights and reports on the elections, log on to USAfricaonline.com

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With razor’s edge elections, eyes of the world on pregnant Nigeria

By Chido Nwangwu

http://usafricaonline.com/2015/03/28/usafrica-with-razors-edge-elections-eyes-of-the-world-on-pregnant-nigeria-by-chido-nwangwu/

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

Beyond the niceties and glad-handing between incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan (of the PDP) and his opponent retired General Muhammad Buhari (of the APC), Houston-based USAfricaonline.com is reporting that there are simmering tension at several flashpoints as 55 million of Nigeria’s 160 million citizens carry a pregnant future on their PVCs (permanent voter’s cards) into and outside the balloting grounds. Especially in the Rivers State, Lagos State, Ekiti, Ondo, Imo, Delta, Borno and Kaduna and Nasarawa states..     

Soldiers have been deployed at key LOCATIONS across the country.

The activist supporters of the 2 major candidates are both making preemptive claims to a certain victory at the polls. Those are veritable RECIPES for post-election conflict between supporters of Buhari who come from the mainly Islamic north, plus swaths of support from the Bola Tinubu-led campaign machine in  the Yoruba southwest versus those of the President drawn mainly from the South South, South East and north central.

The statistical difference between the presidential election opinion polls are so marginal that different interests groups have interpreted the polling data to ASSIGN victory on March 28, 2015.

In a metaphorical as much as practical depiction, I know that Nigeria is pregnant but no one is certain whether on March 31, it will be a Frankenstein; or a Frankenstein….                                                            •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; served as adviser to Houston’s ex Mayor on Africa business and recipient of several journalism and public POLICY awards, has been profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. —–

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCE, SECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com WIRELESS 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: With razor’s edge elections, eyes of the world on pregnant Nigeria. By Chido Nwangwu

USAfrica: With razor’s edge elections, eyes of the world on pregnant Nigeria. By Chido Nwangwu
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With razor’s edge elections, eyes of the world on pregnant Nigeria

By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

Beyond the niceties and glad-handing between incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan (of the PDP) and his opponent retired General Muhammad Buhari (of the APC), Houston-based USAfricaonline.com is reporting that there are simmering tension at several flashpoints as 55 million of Nigeria’s 160 million citizens carry a pregnant future on their PVCs (permanent voter’s cards) into and outside the balloting grounds. Especially in the Rivers State, Lagos State, Ekiti, Ondo, Imo, Delta, Borno and Kaduna and Nasarawa states..     

Soldiers have been deployed at key locations across the country.

The activist supporters of the 2 major candidates are both making preemptive claims to a certain victory at the polls. Those are veritable recipes for post-election conflict between supporters of Buhari who come from the mainly Islamic north, plus swaths of support from the Bola Tinubu-led campaign machine in  the Yoruba southwest versus those of the President drawn mainly from the South South, South East and north central.

The statistical difference between the presidential election opinion polls are so marginal that different interests groups have interpreted the polling data to assign victory on March 28, 2015.

In a metaphorical as much as practical depiction, I know that Nigeria is pregnant but no one is certain whether on March 31, it will be a Frankenstein; or a Frankenstein….                                                            •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; served as adviser to Houston’s ex Mayor on Africa business and recipient of several journalism and public POLICY awards, has been profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. —–

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public POLICY networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCE, SECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         E-MAIL: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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#USAfrica: Nigeria’s President orders closure of land and sea borders before March 28 election

#USAfrica: Nigeria’s President orders closure of land and sea borders before March 28 election
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Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the closure of the country’s land and sea borders before this weekend’s general election, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

The closure will take effect from midnight (2300 GMT Wednesday) until the same time on Saturday, after polling closes for presidential and parliamentary elections.

The ministry said in a statement that the move was designed “to allow for peaceful conduct of the forthcoming national elections”.

Nigeria is bordered by Benin to the west, Cameroon to the east and also had borders with Chad and Niger in the north.

Security is always a major issue at Nigerian elections, with politically linked violence often flaring between supporters of rival parties.

In the last elections in 2011, about 1,000 people were killed in clashes after opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari was beaten by Jonathan for the presidency.

The two men are again contesting this year’s election, with many predicting that the vote — delayed for six weeks because of military operations against Boko Haram — is too close to call.

On Tuesday, Nigeria’s federal police chief ordered the “total restriction” of vehicles between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on election day, apart from the emergency services and others on “essential duties”.

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, SECURITY, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: Jonathan or Buhari, who will be a better C-in-C for Nigeria?

USAfrica: Jonathan or Buhari, who will be a better C-in-C for Nigeria?
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Jonathan or Buhari: Who will be a better C-in-C for Nigeria?

By Rev. Joshua Amaezechi

Understandably, insecurity is one issue that tops political discourse as we countdown to the March 28, 2015 presidential election. In the last four years, many Nigerians were gripped by fear as they witnessed unprecedented acts of violence that was unleashed on the North Eastern part of the country by the Boko Haram terrorist group. The bloodshed and massive destruction involved in these acts of terror have pushed other security problems including kidnappings and armed robberies to the back burner. As the elections draw near, the question in the minds of most Nigerians is: who among the key presidential contenders is better equipped to handle the problem of insurgency in 2015 and beyond?

Put differently, between President Jonathan of the PDP and General Buhari of APC, who will be better positioned to lead Nigeria’s war against terrorism after May 29? This write up is a critical analysis of the two candidates on security matters and the goal is to enable you as the reader to come to an objective and reasonable conclusion on who amongst the two will make a better Commander in Chief. There is no gainsaying the fact that the nation’s security problems cannot be solved with mere administrative fiat or solely by military might. Hence, irrespective of who wins the presidency, insurgency would remain a formidable challenge. Hence, it becomes appropriate to say upfront that any of the presidential candidates who claims to have a magic wand that will end the Boko Haram insurgency shortly after assuming office is deceiving himself and does neither understand the nature of modern day terrorism in general nor the complexity and magnitude of the Boko Haram problem in particular. Another point that needs to be noted is that whoever becomes the President on May 29, will neither go to the war front to fight the insurgents nor be on the street to gather security information but would have to make decisions about the security of Nigeria from the comfort of his office. Thus, whoever wins the 2015 Presidential election would have to rely on reports from the Service Chiefs, the Military high commands, the police and Secret Service agencies in order to arrive at critical security decisions. As Nigerians consider who is better positioned to lead Nigeria on security matters as the Commander in Chief, we are seeking to know who among the candidates is better equipped with the humane disposition, skills, experiences, critical thinking capability and sense of discernment necessary to guide the decisions that he must make on security matters.

As commonly known and practiced in all democracies around the world, the office of the Commander in Chief of a nation is not a only military office, but an all-encompassing security leadership position whose decisions are never exclusively military in nature but rather always inclusive of civil, local and international considerations. It is for this reason that advanced nations, even those that are seemingly involved in perpetual armed conflicts, place greater emphasis on the Presidential candidate’s ability to make sound judgments over military experience in choosing their Commander in Chief. We saw this in the US election when the people voted for Obama, a civilian Senator with no military experience, over and against Senator John McCain with a rich military experience. Senator McCain was a Vietnam War veteran and retired as a Captain in the Navy. He was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years, during which he was tortured and beaten to the point that to this day, he cannot lift up his arms above his head. But the Americans rejected him and chose Obama to be their President and Commander in Chief because they felt that Senator McCain did not demonstrate good judgment on a matter as significant as choosing a befitting Vice Presidential candidate. The Americans also felt that while Senator Obama, with no military experience had demonstrated good judgment in voting against the Iraq war, they considered Senator McCain’s support for the Iraq war as a reflection of a poor sense of judgment. For these two reasons bothering on discernment and judgment, Senator Obama, a young, comparatively inexperienced, African American Senator overwhelmingly defeated Senator McCain, an old man with a lot of military experience. That the Americans voted overwhelmingly for Obama, an African American over and above Senator McCain, a white Military man, born of parents and grandparents who had served the US military in several capacities underscores the importance which civilized nations place on intellectual capacity for good judgment and discernment in choosing their Commander in Chief.

The political dynamics between President Obama and Senator McCain in the US are comparable to what we have in Nigeria currently. On one hand, we have Buhari, a retired General with two years’ experience as a Military Head of State from 1983 to 1985. On the other hand, we have Goodluck Jonathan, a pure Civilian with nearly five years experience as elected President and Commander in Chief. In deciding who among them will secure Nigeria better as Commander in Chief, a good assessment of their sense of discernment and capacity for wise and informed judgment are critical factors.

Other than discernment and judgment, another factor that has become popular in the national security discourse is the experience of both candidates in dealing with terrorism. Those who place experience at the top argue that General Buhari’s role as a divisional GOC in the 80s, that crushed the Maitatsine Islamist insurrection prepares him to be a president who would eliminate the Boko haram Insurgency. While it is reasonable to argue that if General Buhari is put as the GOC at the Sambisa Forest, there is a great chance that his command experience would lead to victory over Boko Haram at the shortest possible time, it would be most unreasonable to argue that because he did well as a GOC, he would do well as a President and Commander in Chief. The role and responsibilities of the President and Commander in Chief are different from that of a GOC. The differences are evident in the fact that while it was Alhaji Shehu Shagari that ordered the routing of the Maitasine, it was the GOC that implemented the order having been directed by the Service Chiefs who were his superiors. For President Shagari to have taken a decision on what should be done to the Maitasine cult, he had to read many memos and reports from diverse security and para-military agencies; he had to look at the sociological and economic effects of different scenarios; the psyche of the nation and the possible response by the international community. Comparing the role of Alhaji Shehu Shagari as President and General Buhari as the then GOC in relation to the Maitasine Cult would be like comparing a technician who assembled a car with the engineer who designed it; they are completely different. Arguing that because Buhari chased out the Maitasine as a GOC and hence would do well as Commander in Chief is like saying that the nurse who gave you an injection when you broke your bone and was admitted to the hospital will do a great job as your orthopedic doctor without requisite training. The two roles are different and success in one does not necessarily point to success in the other role. The position of a GOC is a war front command position that does not require a high degree of critical thinking and broad consultation which is associated with the office of the Commander in Chief. While a GOC can implement a scorched earth directive from his superior, a Commander in Chief in a democracy will hesitate to give such a directive because there are several factors that have to be considered in every military operation. For instance, killing all enemies at the war front may not always be the correct decision to make. A military decision taken by the Commander in Chief is not usually determined by only military factors but also civil. In a democracy, the military decision of a Commander in Chief is likely to be more demanding and should be taken after consultations and reflections.

While a GOC is focused on his command, a C-in-C makes decisions for a command with considerations and consultations that run far beyond the command, embracing the whole country and sometimes the international community. A case in point is the situation in which over 200 of our school girls were kidnapped and held hostage by Boko Haram.

Although, every president would want all terrorists fighting his government to be killed, no Commander in Chief, in his right senses would direct his Army to wipe out the insurgents without having a clearly defined strategy for isolating the girls from the insurgents. As far as Boko haram has these girls, there is no possibility of wiping out Boko Haram without endangering the lives of their captives. Hence, as presidential candidates make promises of how they would put an end to Boko haram, it might be necessary to begin the conversation with how each of them would actually rescue the Chibok girls. In the face of these realities, it is evident that past experience in dealing with the religious cult of Maitasine may not offer any preparation for a good performance as a Commander in Chief.

The weakness of General Buhari’s military experience of the 80s as a factor in determining his ability to checkmate 2015 terrorism is further highlighted by the fact that the global security environment of the 80s is totally different from what we have today. Unlike the 80s with its stable economic and security environment, our world is volatile and seems to be suffocating under a complicated network of sophisticated terror groups. Unlike the 80s when Maitasine operated as an isolated terrorist group, Boko Haram today is connected with other terror organizations including Al-Qaida, ISIS in Iraq and Syria and possibly Hamas and Hezbollah in the Middle East. The global character of modern terrorism is evident in the fact that the ISIS flag in Syria and Iraq is the same flag used by Boko Haram in Nigeria and even Al-Shabaab in Somalia. These realities make claims of military prowess in the 80s a non-starter and call for a demonstrable understanding of the global security problem from the presidential candidates as well as access to 21st century information system.

To dismiss experience completely, however, would be unfair both to Gen Buhari and to President Jonathan. As Head of State and President, both of them have had the opportunity of running the security apparatus of Nigeria as Commander in Chief. One of the common criticisms of Jonathan is that he is weak and has been using a kid’s glove in dealing with Boko Haram and political opposition. While Buhari demonstrated enormous courage in arresting and detaining most of the second republic political leaders as well as silencing all opposition to his regime, Jonathan had been very hesitant in arresting anybody, even people whose utterances show that they are closely connected with Boko Haram. When the Anti-terrorism law was passed, many Nigerians had hoped that the Law would actually put somebody behind bars for supporting Boko Haram but until this day, most of those who should be held under that law are actually the ones seeking to unseat Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election. Does this make Jonathan weak? The answer could be yes or no depending on how you look at it. If arresting any of those old men who made treasonable utterances would cause more riots in the north and create a fertile ground for Boko haram to recruit members, it made sense that the President ignored them. On the other hand, arresting them and dealing decisively with any disturbance of public peace that would have arisen therefrom, perhaps would have been a timely action that would have nailed Boko Haram to the board in its early years. Comparing Jonathan’s handling of the opposition and Buhari’s dealing with former civilian leaders he overthrew would certainly present Buhari as strong and Jonathan as weak. However, a critical look at the ease with which Buhari was removed from power, without the least military resistance would indicate that from a military perspective, Buhari was a very weak C-in-C, with little or no influence within the high command of the Nigerian Military. This raises the question as to his ability to earn the loyalty of the top military hierarchy as commander in Chief.

While Jonathan has at least four years’ experience in dealing with Boko Haram, General Buhari has no experience in dealing with terrorism. Jonathan understands all the ramifications of the Boko Haram problem and being the Commander in Chief, has a lot of information on this matter that Buhari does not have. One indisputable truth is that it will take General Buahri another two years to read and understand the modern security architecture of Nigeria, if he wins. The question that arises becomes whether Nigerians can afford to wait? Since, General Buhari did not attend any new military training since he was overthrown 30 years ago, there is no gainsaying that most of what he already knows in military and defense strategy may have been outdated, especially since we are living in this era of the internet and high tech military hardware. If Buhari had spent time in updating his knowledge through further education in modern military operations, it would have been possible to puncture the argument that “No civilized nation changes its C-in-C in a time of war”, an argument which some strong supporters of the President had advanced in every given opportunity. The reality is that he neither added any new training nor attended any security seminar for over 30years. This situation is made worse by the fact that, General Buhari had failed to attend any of the National Security meetings organized by any of the Governments for over nine years, with the exception of the one he attended recently to ensure that the election is not postponed. As it stands, Shehu Shagari, Babangida and even Shonekan have a better understanding of the Boko Haram problem because they have attended the National Security meetings called by the President to discuss this matter. So, there is a lot that Buhari does not know about Nigeria of today. So, Nigerians are faced with a choice between President Jonathan who understands the magnitude of the security challenges and is already doing the job of fighting Boko Haram and General Buhari who is ignorant of the diverse ramifications of the Boko Haram problem but wants Nigerians to believe that he has the magic wand that will end Boko haram. Nigerians have a choice to make but this choice must not be based on mere claims but a demonstrable understanding of what is presently being done; where it is working and where it is not working and what would be done differently to achieve the promised end of Boko Haram.

There is no doubt that Gen Buhari’s military experience in the 80s is a valuable factor in determining his statesmanship. This experience however does not confer on him any special skills in handling the Boko Haram terrorism and its modern complexities. Serving Chiefs of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, both high ranking and even low ranking security officials have acknowledged the threat the Boko Haram insurgency poses to the nation largely due to the novelty of terrorism to Nigeria’s military experience. This is despite the fact that they are young and recently trained in counter terrorism. While some of these challenges are global, affecting all countries dealing with terrorism, others are exclusive to Nigeria. Some of the challenges peculiar to Nigeria include leaking of sensitive information to Boko Haram and outright sabotage such as refusal to fight the insurgents. General Buhari’s claim that he would end Boko Haram if voted into office over-simplifies the challenge and raises the question of his ability to discern correctly the changing military dynamics of the insurgency and exercise due presidential judgment in response. It may be recalled that for nearly three years, the General did not discern Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. His utterances and body language suggested that in his judgment, these insurgents were “freedom fighters” and should be treated the same way as the Niger Delta militants fighting over the destruction of their living environment through unhealthy exploratory practices by the Oil companies in alliance with the Federal Government of Nigeria. That it took General Buhari more than two years to understand Boko Haram creates doubts on his capacity to distinguish between environmental activism and terrorism. While many saw the General’s position as a blinder occasioned by mere ethnocentrism, others saw it as evidence of lack of judgment or discernment, the very reason for which the Americans rejected Senator McCain in their presidential election.

Finally, a Commander in Chief should be able to call his party to order if they err on national security matters. That APC expressed support for junior officers who refused to fight the insurgents at the command of their GOCs was troubling. It was even more troubling that General Buhari neither condemned the treasonable acts of these military officers nor called his party to order. While Nigerians should support the agitation that the lives of these men be spared, they should use their best judgment in deciding whether General Buhari can be trusted as the Commander in Chief that would lead the nation in the war against Boko Haram whose popularity and recruitment capacity in Northern Nigeria were boosted by his utterances during the early years of their bloody operations. Every Nigerian knows that if all the retired senior military officers like General Buhari had spoken up initially against Boko Haram, the insurgency would have ended long time ago. But because the few of them who spoke actually favored Boko Haram in their speeches, the insurgency received free publicity through the press featuring them. Today, the group that the General thought was representing the interest of the “north” has become a monster that is consuming the people. While we forgive the General for his mistake, his shortsightedness or initial oversight on Boko Haram, to reward him with the Presidency is a very expensive risk to take. So far, President Jonathan has not met our expectations; we all want the insurgency to end. But President Jonathan can be trusted to know the difference between environmental activism and terrorism or the difference between ethnocentric politics and religious insurrection. President Jonathan understands the magnitude of the Boko Haram problem and has never claimed to have the magic wand that would end it. Though President Jonathan needs to do more in terms of mobilizing the civilian population against Boko Haram, his respect for the rule of law, his sincerity, and calm disposition as well as his capacity to galvanize the support of the international community are valuable assets for Nigeria’s security in 2015 and beyond.

Rev. Amaezechi, an editorial contributor to USAfrica, is a pastor-theologian and political commentator. He lives in Michigan. jamaezechi@gmail.com

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USAfrica: Nigeria’s election and Social Media Battle between Buhari and Jonathan

USAfrica: Nigeria’s election and Social Media Battle between Buhari and Jonathan
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Nigeria’s election and Social Media Battle between Buhari and Jonathan.
By Emeka Oparah

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential election of March 28 is a fierce straight fight between the incumbent, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and serial challenger, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, is an election like no other in the annals of Nigerian history. Perhaps, the only one that comes close, in recent memory, is the 1993 edition, which was unfortunately annulled by

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the ruling military junta, led by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, long retired but seen by some as a kingmaker. Aside the passion displayed by both the candidates and their staunch supporters on either side, the election has generated massive tension and excitement fuelled by social media.

The candidates, political parties and their supporters are deeply embroiled in a battle for the hearts and minds of Nigerians, which has heated the blogosphere almost to boiling point. As someone said the other day, the Internet service providers must be smiling to the banks considering the quantum of data consumed by the “warriors” on both sides of the political warfront to sustain the raging battle. Well, that may be another story for another day, but the fact remains that these folks are making cool cash, especially the mobile service providers who boast of wider coverage.

Of all the social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter seem to be the most widely used by both Jonathanians and Buharists, as supporters of the two leading candidates are known. Of course, the popular online newspapers, like Sahara Reporters, The Cable and Premium Times as well as notable blogs like Linda Ikeji, BellaNaija, YNaija and NaijaLoaded have been piping hot with breaking news and juicy commentaries. The online editions of the traditional newspapers are also implicated in the battle of wits, as their stories attract tons of comments and patrons share them several times over like those of the online newspapers and blogs.

Lest I forget, mobile telephony has hugely facilitated this social media revolution and not only expedited the speed of reaction and that of distribution, but also democratized the access to the Internet. Most basic mobile phones come with Internet capability, and one only needs to subscribe to data by his or her service provider to join the political fray. With the mobile phones also come text messaging, Blackberry Messenger, and WhatsApp, all used to distribute texts, photos and video on real time basis.

In 2011, the Internet, the mobile devices and social media platforms existed, but citizens did not put them to as much use as they are doing this time around. Yes, we debated on Facebook and BBM; we announced turnout of voters, voting process (complete with irregularities) and results of elections from polling stations; we captured in photos or videos activities of party representatives, INEC officials and security personnel using our mobile devices. I wager to say, however, that what we are currently witnessing in the run up to the 2015 presidential elections is unprecedented.

When in 2007 and 2008, the world witnessed the emergence of the “mythical” Barack Obama on the United States Presidential campaign train, the story was told of how his campaign management deployed social media in reaching out to voters, especially young voters. They not only mobilized voters but they also mobilized funds, making Obama’s Campaign one of the richest in the history of presidential elections in the United States. According to ABC News, “in 21-plus months, Barrack Obama raised roughly $750m from donors surpassing all his White House opponents this year and also eclipsing the total amount of money raised by all the presidential candidates combined in 2004.”

If Obama did not quite make the $1b mark in 2008, he broke it in his 2012 re-election campaign. According to Time magazine, “when the final figures are counted, Obama’s aides now expect more than $1b to have been raised by the 2012 campaign and its affiliated  party committees breaking the 10-figure milestone for the first time in history. The reason is simple: The campaign brought in more small-dollar fundraising through email, social media, mobile and its website during the final months of the race than initially projected.”

In terms of fund-raising, there is scanty if not non-existent information about how much the leading candidates have spent, much less what donors contributed via social media. Perhaps, Gen. Buhari is the only one who made a feeble attempt at raising fund online. The APC urged people to donate to a particular account via online bank transfer. As with most things political in Nigeria, the outcome is still shrouded in secrecy. As for President Jonathan, he is believed to have a war chest of cash donated by his friends and corporate organizations who some say are beneficiaries of his government.

Evidently, the near-fanatical followership of the candidates has given added boost to the social media strategy of the two leading political parties and the two leading presidential candidates.  Therefore. in addition to what the parties and the candidates have planned and paid for, their followings are burning up the blogosphere with information and analyses and debates about their chosen parties and candidates. In addition, this is where most of the challenges are, because the unsolicited social media activists are not really aligned, in most cases, with their parties and candidates. Sometimes, these folks engage in needless debates and arguments which, then degenerate into insults, name-calling and outright exchange of “blows” and invectives. We hear some of the fights have spilled out of Facebook, for instance, into the streets!

Whatever be the case, really, the conversations or debates, if you will, around the parties and their candidates have been high-decibel, high-tension. Quite a lot is happening online. Any communication expert or moderate politician will raise eyebrows over the level of antagonism and, in several cases of late, hatred among the opposing camps. Social scientists have raised concerns about the recourse to hate and swear words by adherents of the opposing political parties to the extent that the expression “Hate Campaign” has crept into our lexicography. Corollary to this is the unfortunate prevalence of ethnic and religious bigotry, a very dangerous brew for a country undergoing so much socio-political and economic stress.

Now I want to get to the more interesting subject of social statistics in this ongoing political campaign, still using President Barack Obama as a benchmark or Guinea Pig, as the case may be. The November 15, 2012 Time magazine article entitled “Obama’s 2012 Digital Fundraising Outperformed 2008” states that “the number of Likes on Facebook pages for the campaign, including everyone from the president to Michelle Obama to Joe Biden, increased from 19 million to 45 million over the course of the race. The number of Twitter followers increased from 7 million to 23 million. Partly as a result, an image of President Obama embracing his wife, which was tweeted and shared over Facebook on Election Night, became the most shared pieces of content in both social networks’ histories. As of today, the Facebook photo has more than 4.4 million Likes and has been shared more than 582,000 times.” Interesting!

What is even more interesting is that history is repeating itself, three years after and 8,000 miles away from Obama’s Florida home state.  In Nigeria, while President Goodluck Jonathan’s Facebook page has 1,807,450 likes at the time of writing this piece, General Muhammadu Buhari’s two prominent Facebook pages stood at 187,247 and 73,132 respectively, very different from his opponent’s even when combined. Conversely, GMB’s photos seem to chalk up more likes and shares than GEJ’s especially the photos he wore suits and his wife’s photos. These photos all recorded over 4000 likes each and more than 500 shares. On Twitter GMB’s @ThisIsBuhari has 129,500 followers as against @PresidentGEJ’s 3,427. Meanwhile another Twitter account, @Goodlucktweets, “an account opened in support of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, with a warning “This is not the President” has 92,900 followers.

What is important here is the huge premium both candidates and indeed every candidate in the current dispensation have placed on social media. In fact, many of them have special units headed by very senior people, responsible for social media. GEJ has a Special Adviser on Social Media, and recently he appointed Social Entrepreneur Obi Asika to replace controversial Reno Omokri, who has held the position for a long time. Additionally, the various members of the campaign and publicity teams of both candidates are very active on social media, just the candidates themselves.Untitled design

In all, a few things appear quite clear. One, Lagos is the hub of social media in Nigeria; two, most online platforms are owned by people of South-west extraction; three, APC appears more sophisticated and more savvy on social media; four, PDP/GEJ has the largest community (see chart) on social media but didn’t seem to have a clear social media strategy and, if they had any, it was basically focused on hate and calumny and finally, APC/GMB has won the social media battle.

And why do I think APC/GMB won the battle? From get-go, it was clear that they had a strategy with Change as the central thematic pillar on upon which they built all their messaging. They also set out with sound bites splashed around the images of the Presidential candidate and his vice, which assured them purposive presence. Thirdly, and more crucially, they kept pushing the party manifesto, Town Hall speeches and GMB’s Contract with Nigerians (a very smart one) in a consistent and clear manner. Finally, they created and uploaded many short videos on YouTube, Emeka_Oparah_in-Lagos.USAfrica_contributor_LRs_4PPwhich were then liberally shared via Facebook and Twitter to optimum effect.

At the end of the day, the 2015 presidential elections will go down in history as one of the most hard-fought and perhaps the most controversial aided by the ubiquity and lack of control of social media. How social media will influence the outcome of the election may or may not differ greatly from the recent Parliamentary poll in Israel, which the parties fought on several social media battlefronts but won and lost at the ballot.

One final word: The authorities must find a way of regulating the social media otherwise some persons will turn the Arab Spring on its head hereabouts. This is not to say that the regulation of the traditional media has been successful with all the stuff sponsors dump unprofessionally in the media, some of which gatekeepers pass off as news.         •Oparah, editorial contributor to USAfricaonline.com, is the Director of Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria.

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, SECURITY, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: APGA’s Dr. Otti says “No amount of Intimidation and Violence will stop the votes for change in Abia”

USAfrica: APGA’s Dr. Otti says “No amount of Intimidation and Violence will stop the votes for change in Abia”
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APGA’s DR. OTTI SAYS “NO AMOUNT OF INTIMIDATION AND VIOLENCE WILL STOP THE VOTES FOR CHANGE IN ABIA”
 

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

The APGA Abia State governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti (OFR), has, a few minutes ago, issued his reaction to the unfolding events of the deadly, sponsored and armed attack of Thursday March 19, 2015 while he was campaigning.

In his news release sent to USAfricaonline.com, the former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank and first class graduate in economics from the University of Port Harcourt, called “the attention of the peace loving people of Abia State regardless of their political affiliation, and fellow  Nigerians to the increase in politics of violence and intimidation being targeted at my  campaign for governor by the Abia State government and their hirelings.”Dr. Otti added “as is public knowledge, the government of Abia State has consistently deployed and unleashed the raw power, intimidation and all manner of Abia government brutality against my APGA governorship campaign and candidacy. Evidently, the regime of T.A. Orji and his cronies have become very desperate since their rounds of propaganda and strings of malicious lies using Abia government agencies to attack our surging, development agenda driven campaign have failed woefully.”

He predicted that “the feverish anxieties of TA & Co will evaporate on April 11, 2015 through the power of the popular votes of the long-suffering people of Abia State! No amount of intimidation and threats can overcome the will and determination of Ndi Aba, Enyimba city, of Ndi Abia as a whole to chart a new and better course; far away from the remnants of the Gov. T.A Orji brigade.”

He appealed to “my supporters to remain steadfast and ensure you cast your vote for me and APGA. Victory is within reach; we’ve come too far, away from T.A’s Babylon!”

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VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

 

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, SECURITY, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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USAfrica: On healthcare delivery, Obiano signs MOU with Rise Health of America

USAfrica: On healthcare delivery, Obiano signs MOU with Rise Health of America
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USAfrica: On healthcare delivery, Obiano signs MOU with Rise Health of America

Special to USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston,                                                                                                        Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

In a move which seeks to bring healthcare services closer to the citizens and residents of Anambra State, Gov. Willie Obiano has announced the signing of a $1.5 million dollars agreement with an American healthcare firm, Rise Health Corporation, USA.

The partnership with Rise Corporation is Governor Obiano’s first successful effort to attract serious investors to the health sector in Anambra State. Over the course of the project, Rise Corporation is expected to provide $1.2 million or eighty percent of the project cost while Anambra State government will provide $300,000 or twenty percent of the project sum.  

The equity structure is 40 % for the state and 60% for Rise Health Corporation. 

In a statement to USAfricaonline.com and IgboEvents, the government notes that “under this agreement, Rise Health Corporation will embark on a historic healthcare reengineering project in Anambra State that will usher in a new phase of excellent Medicare in the State. The first phase of the project involves two General Hospitals in the State, one in Ossomala in Ogbaru Local government area and the other in Orumba, Orumba Local Government.”

Following this partnership, Rise Corporation, USA will undertake extensive facility reconstruction and renovation, human resources management and training, clinical and financial improvements, the supply of medical equipment as well as essential pharmaceutical drugs to the selected hospitals.

Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony in the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Obiano reiterated his administration’s resolve to turn Anambra State into a model for healthcare delivery in Africa.

According to him, his administration is attacking the challenge of delivering a comprehensive healthcare solution in three major ways – development of medical infrastructure, assurance of the comfort of patients and finally the training and retraining of health workers along with improved conditions of service. “We have 37 General hospitals in Anambra State. They are all in comatose at the moment. However, we have selected three General Hospitals across the state, one from each senatorial zone to show our imprimatur. We have started with the General Hospital in Onitsha. When we are done with the current work that is going on there, Onitsha General Hospital will be one of the best in Africa. It will also have a landing pad for air ambulance. When we finish with Onitsha, we will move to Ekwulobia and Enugu Ukwu,” he explained.

Governor Obiano also revealed that his administration had approved about N800 million for the purchase of basic medical items for the 37 general hospitals across the state, saying, “we have done very well with the Mission Hospitals. It is a project started by my predecessor that I have continued and as you are aware, this year alone, we have given them close to N800 million to improve on our health facility.”

The governor also revealed that his administration has concluded plans to launch six floating ambulances in order to open up medical access to the riverine communities. “We will also launch 15 flying boats that will assist teachers and health workers in these areas to move freely. We are trying to provide the best healthcare to our people,” he enthused.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the President of Rise Global Health Initiative, the parent company of Rise Health Corporation, USA, Dr. Emeka Okeke had disclosed that after operating an outfit known as the Rise Clinic in Adazi-Ani, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State for four years, the Rise Group decided to partner with the state government to expand the scope of its operations to other senatorial districts in the state.

Dr. Okeke explained that the group’s imminent expansion would grant access to more people who are in need of quality healthcare as well as offer employment opportunities among others.

Also tracing the history of the intervention of Rise Global Health Initiative in the health sector of Anambra State, the Vice President of Rise Health Corporation, USA, Dr. Hien Tran recalled that when the company started in 2012, its objective was to identify communities that are able to build independent health systems on their own and lend them support.

“We wanted to find communities that are willing to invest in themselves. And that’s how the partnership between Godwin & Patricia Okeke Foundation and RiseGlobal Health Initiative the parent group of Rise Health Corporation began.  Since then we have been able to build the Rise Clinic Nigeria, a comprehensive healthcare center that provides a comprehensive healthcare to communities as well as support to primary health centres in Adazi-Ani,” she recalled.

According to her, Rise Health Corporation had formed a special purpose vehicle that would grow the Adazi-Ani model of comprehensive healthcare center in the three senatorial districts of the state, pointing out that this week, “our focus is really on engaging the community and creating awareness in this reengineering project because it is the communities that will be the drivers of the project. So, what this special purpose vehicle will be doing is not to create something new but to scale up what we have already accomplished in Adazi-Ani.”

Also speaking at the agreement signing, the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Igwe Cyril Enweze observed that the project would focus on the formation of a health alliance and the formation of a state-wide emergency network and other emergency support systems.

Igwe Enweze explained that “the reengineering of two state owned general hospitals in each coordinating center will improve Anambra State health system and emergency response capabilities and create jobs for Ndi Anambra as well as enhance skills acquisition by improving the quality and productivity of the local workforce.”

Igwe Enweze also expressed optimism that the project would play a catalytic role by assisting in the leveraging of resources from the federal government and more importantly from the donor agencies in order to improve Anambra’s health system. 

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Namibia first woman Prime Minister to take charge March 21

Namibia first woman Prime Minister to take charge March 21
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Namibia first woman Prime Minister to take charge March 21

Namibia’s president-elect Hage Geingob has nominated his Vice President, Prime Minister, and deputy prime minister, who will govern the country with him from 21st March.
Dr Nickey Iyambo, 77, current minister of veteran affairs, and a “tried and tested SWAPO party cadre” would be vice president, Geingob told reporters in Windhoek.
The briefing was broadcast live on television and all radio stations of the public broadcaster NBC.
Iymabo would be the country’s first vice president after the Swapo-dominated Parliament rushed through several constitutional amendments last September, among them the vice president’s position.

Successor to Geingob as prime minister would be Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, 47.
“I want to live up to the expectations,” she said at a press conference yesterday.

“My predecessors did their best but it is no secret that we still face enormous challenges as a country,” the former director-general of the National Planning Commission said.

“My focus will be on better service delivery by the public service sector. We have to deliver services to Namibians. The idea is to keep the momentum.”

Deputy prime minister would be the incumbent Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
“I do not want the office of the deputy PM to be a stand-alone office. That person must also have another important portfolio,” Geingob said, citing “cost factors” as a reason for this decision.
Geingob would be sworn in as the third President of Namibia on March 21, along with the new Cabinet.
He said he would reveal his government’s strategies and possible changes to ministries, among them a ministry to combat poverty, next week. – USAfricaonline.com wt SAPA and agency reports

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‪#‎BokoHaram‬ declares allegiance to ‪#‎ISIS‬ (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) violent terror group via twitter

‪#‎BokoHaram‬ declares allegiance to ‪#‎ISIS‬ (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) violent terror group via twitter
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‪#‎BokoHaram‬ declares allegiance to ‪#‎ISIS‬ (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) violent terror group via twitter; dozens dead from multiple blasts in the north eastern Nigerian city of ‪#‎Maiduguri‬.

Special to USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston,                                                                                                        Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

 

 

VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

Boko Haram, Baga and Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity.                            By Dr. Chido Nwangwu.

Boko Haram has turned Jonathan’s Nigeria, with brazen impunity, into what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. Borno and nearby  areas have become Boko violent playgrounds, the capital territory of their medieval Caliphate. We cannot have two Commanders-in-Chief in one country: Abubakar Shekau and President Jonathan. For President Jonathan, again, stand firm and Be Nigeria’s duly elected and only Commander-in-Chief; or….. 

http://usafricaonline.com/2015/01/12/boko-haram-and-nigerias-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

USAfrica, Houston:On Sunday night January 11, 2015, CNN INTERNATIONAL CALLED me to provide some insights during a live interview on the Boko Haram menace and killings. Especially, at Baga. The bloodied Borno city of Baga. I did.

To understand the level of impunity and violation of the national SECURITY of Nigeria by the violent, terrorist radical Islamic group Boko Haram, you have to know about their horrendous massacre of more than 2,000 persons of all ages and gender in Baga.

Baga is near Lake Chad and had not been conquered by Boko until Friday January 9, 2015. Boko overwhelmed both the LOCAL vigilantes and Nigeria’s armed forces near and into Baga…. blood flowed like a river….

The other implications and points I wish to make:

First

USAfrica: BOKO HARAM’s latest killings sharpen divide for security team at Nigeria’s presidency. By Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2013/10/21/usafrica-boko-harams-latest-killings-sharpen-divide-for-security-team-at-nigerias-presidency-by-chido-nwangwu/

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Dancing with “ghosts” of BOKO HARAM, President Jonathan, Sultan Abubakar and Nigeria’s national security. By Dr. Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2013/04/05/dancing-with-ghosts-of-boko-haram-president-jonathan-sultan-abubakar-and-nigerias-national-security-by-chido-nwangwu/

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY IN Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in PART, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first BOOK; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, SECURITY, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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Video: President Jonathan takes questions from younger Nigerians on MTV Base

Video: President Jonathan takes questions from younger Nigerians on MTV Base
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President Jonathan takes questions from younger Nigerians on MTV Base

Special to USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston,               Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

President Goodluck Jonathan recently had an engaging chat with young Nigerians as an MTV Base special. It is a part of the MTV’s ChooseorLose forum where younger generation persons get to ask questions on vital issues concerning them.

The cordial exchange also revealed the President’s views on many issues.

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USAfrica: Buhari says he’ll tackle Boko Haram, fight corruption and consolidate democracy

USAfrica: Buhari says he’ll tackle Boko Haram, fight corruption and consolidate democracy
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Buhari says he’ll tackle Boko Haram, fight corruption and consolidate democracy

Special to USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston,                                                                                                        Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247——————

The speech, today, February 26, 2015 at Chatham House (London) titled ‘Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition’ by retired General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of APC for the March 28, 2015 election.
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Permit me to start by thanking Chatham House for the invitation to talk about this important topic at this crucial time. When speaking about Nigeria overseas, I normally prefer to be my country’s public relations and marketing officer, extolling her virtues and hoping to attract investments and tourists. But as we all know, Nigeria is now battling with many challenges, and if I refer to them, I do so only to impress on our friends in the United Kingdom that we are quite aware of our shortcomings and are doing our best to address them.

The 2015 general election in Nigeria is generating a lot of interests within and outside the country. This is understandable. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and largest economy, is at a defining moment, a moment that has great implications beyond the democratic project and beyond the borders of my dear country.

So let me say upfront that the global interest in Nigeria’s landmark election is not misplaced at all and indeed should be commended; for this is an election that has serious import for the world. I urge the international community to continue to focus on Nigeria at this very critical moment. Given increasing global linkages, it is in our collective interests that the postponed elections should hold on the rescheduled dates; that they should be free and fair; that their outcomes should be respected by all parties; and that any form of extension, under whichever guise, is unconstitutional and will not be tolerated.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War, democracy became the dominant and most preferred system of government across the globe. That global transition has been aptly captured as the triumph of democracy and the ‘most pre-eminent political idea of our time.’ On a personal note, the phased end of the USSR was a turning point for me. It convinced me that change can be brought about without firing a single shot.

As you all know, I had been a military head of state in Nigeria for twenty months. We intervened because we were unhappy with the state of affairs in our country. We wanted to arrest the drift. Driven by patriotism, influenced by the prevalence and popularity of such drastic measures all over Africa and elsewhere, we fought our way to power. But the global triumph of democracy has shown that another and a preferable path to change is possible. It is an important lesson I have carried with me since, and a lesson that is not lost on the African continent.

In the last two decades, democracy has grown strong roots in Africa. Elections, once so rare, are now so commonplace. As at the time I was a military head of state between 1983 and 1985, only four African countries held regular multi-party elections. But the number of electoral democracies in Africa, according to Freedom House, jumped to 10 in 1992/1993 then to 18 in 1994/1995 and to 24 in 2005/2006. According to the New York Times, 42 of the 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa conducted multi-party elections between 1990 and 2002.

The newspaper also reported that between 2000 and 2002, ruling parties in four African countries (Senegal, Mauritius, Ghana and Mali) peacefully handed over power to victorious opposition parties. In addition, the proportion of African countries categorized as not free by Freedom House declined from 59% in 1983 to 35% in 2003. Without doubt, Africa has been part of the current global wave of democratisation.

But the growth of democracy on the continent has been uneven. According to Freedom House, the number of electoral democracies in Africa slipped from 24 in 2007/2008 to 19 in 2011/2012; while the percentage of countries categorised as ‘not free’ assuming for the sake of argument that we accept their definition of “free” increased from 35% in 2003 to 41% in 2013. Also, there have been some reversals at different times in Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritania and Togo. We can choose to look at the glass of democracy in Africa as either half full or half empty.

While you can’t have representative democracy without elections, it is equally important to look at the quality of the elections and to remember that mere elections do not democracy make. It is globally agreed that democracy is not an event, but a journey. And that the destination of that journey is democratic consolidation – that state where democracy has become so rooted and so routine and widely accepted by all actors.

With this important destination in mind, it is clear that though many African countries now hold regular elections, very few of them have consolidated the practice of democracy. It is important to also state at this point that just as with elections, a consolidated democracy cannot be an end by itself. I will argue that it is not enough to hold a series of elections or even to peacefully alternate power among parties.

It is much more important that the promise of democracy goes beyond just allowing people to freely choose their leaders. It is much more important that democracy should deliver on the promise of choice, of freedoms, of security of lives and property, of transparency and accountability, of rule of law, of good governance and of shared prosperity. It is very important that the promise embedded in the concept of democracy, the promise of a better life for the generality of the people, is not delivered in the breach.

Now, let me quickly turn to Nigeria. As you all know, Nigeria’s fourth republic is in its 16th year and this general election will be the fifth in a row. This is a major sign of progress for us, given that our first republic lasted five years and three months, the second republic ended after four years and two months and the third republic was a still-birth. However, longevity is not the only reason why everyone is so interested in this election.

The major difference this time around is that for the very first time since transition to civil rule in 1999, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is facing its stiffest opposition so far from our party the All Progressives Congress (APC). We once had about 50 political parties, but with no real competition. Now Nigeria is transitioning from a dominant party system to a competitive electoral polity, which is a major marker on the road to democratic consolidation. As you know, peaceful alternation of power through competitive elections have happened in Ghana, Senegal, Malawi and Mauritius in recent times. The prospects of democratic consolidation in Africa will be further brightened when that eventually happens in Nigeria.

But there are other reasons why Nigerians and the whole world are intensely focussed on this year’s elections, chief of which is that the elections are holding in the shadow of huge security, economic and social uncertainties in Africa’s most populous country and largest economy. On insecurity, there is a genuine cause for worry, both within and outside Nigeria. Apart from the civil war era, at no other time in our history has Nigeria been this insecure.

Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency. I, as a retired general and a former head of state, have always known about our soldiers: they are capable, well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty in the service of our country.

You all can bear witness to the gallant role of our military in Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur and in many other peacekeeping operations in several parts of the world. But in the matter of this insurgency, our soldiers have neither received the necessary support nor the required incentives to tackle this problem. The government has also failed in any effort towards a multi-dimensional response to this problem leading to a situation in which we have now become dependent on our neighbours to come to our rescue.

Let me assure you that if I am elected president, the world will have no cause to worry about Nigeria as it has had to recently; that Nigeria will return to its stabilising role in West Africa; and that no inch of Nigerian territory will ever be lost to the enemy because we will pay special attention to the welfare of our soldiers in and out of service, we will give them adequate and modern arms and ammunitions to work with, we will improve intelligence gathering and border controls to choke Boko Haram’s financial and equipment channels, we will be tough on terrorism and tough on its root causes by initiating a comprehensive economic development plan promoting infrastructural development, job creation, agriculture and industry in the affected areas.

We will always act on time and not allow problems to irresponsibly fester, and I, Muhammadu Buhari, will always lead from the front and return Nigeria to its leadership role in regional and international efforts to combat terrorism.

On the economy, the fall in prices of oil has brought our economic and social stress into full relief. After the rebasing exercise in April 2014, Nigeria overtook South Africa as Africa’s largest economy. Our GDP is now valued at $510 billion and our economy rated 26th in the world. Also on the bright side, inflation has been kept at single digit for a while and our economy has grown at an average of 7% for about a decade.

But it is more of paper growth, a growth that, on account of mismanagement, profligacy and corruption, has not translated to human development or shared prosperity. A development economist once said three questions should be asked about a country’s development: one, what is happening to poverty? Two, what is happening to unemployment? And three, what is happening to inequality?

The answers to these questions in Nigeria show that the current administration has created two economies in one country, a sorry tale of two nations: one economy for a few who have so much in their tiny island of prosperity; and the other economy for the many who have so little in their vast ocean of misery.

Even by official figures, 33.1% of Nigerians live in extreme poverty. That’s at almost 60 million, almost the population of the United Kingdom. There is also the unemployment crisis simmering beneath the surface, ready to explode at the slightest stress, with officially 23.9% of our adult population and almost 60% of our youth unemployed. We also have one of the highest rates of inequalities in the world.

With all these, it is not surprising that our performance on most governance and development indicators (like Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance and UNDP’s Human Development Index.) are unflattering. With fall in the prices of oil, which accounts for more than 70% of government revenues, and lack of savings from more than a decade of oil boom, the poor will be disproportionately impacted.

In the face of dwindling revenues, a good place to start the repositioning of Nigeria’s economy is to swiftly tackle two ills that have ballooned under the present administration: waste and corruption. And in doing this, I will, if elected, lead the way, with the force of personal example.

On corruption, there will be no confusion as to where I stand. Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration. First and foremost, we will plug the holes in the budgetary process. Revenue producing entities such as NNPC and Customs and Excise will have one set of books only. Their revenues will be publicly disclosed and regularly audited. The institutions of state dedicated to fighting corruption will be given independence and prosecutorial authority without political interference.

But I must emphasise that any war waged on corruption should not be misconstrued as settling old scores or a witch-hunt. I’m running for President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity.

In reforming the economy, we will use savings that arise from blocking these leakages and the proceeds recovered from corruption to fund our party’s social investments programmes in education, health, and safety nets such as free school meals for children, emergency public works for unemployed youth and pensions for the elderly.

As a progressive party, we must reform our political economy to unleash the pent-up ingenuity and productivity of the Nigerian people thus freeing them from the curse of poverty. We will run a private sector-led economy but maintain an active role for government through strong regulatory oversight and deliberate interventions and incentives to diversify the base of our economy, strengthen productive sectors, improve the productive capacities of our people and create jobs for our teeming youths.

In short, we will run a functional economy driven by a worldview that sees growth not as an end by itself, but as a tool to create a society that works for all, rich and poor alike. On March 28, Nigeria has a decision to make. To vote for the continuity of failure or to elect progressive change. I believe the people will choose wisely.

In sum, I think that given its strategic importance, Nigeria can trigger a wave of democratic consolidation in Africa. But as a starting point we need to get this critical election right by ensuring that they go ahead, and depriving those who want to scuttle it the benefit of derailing our fledgling democracy. That way, we will all see democracy and democratic consolidation as tools for solving pressing problems in a sustainable way, not as ends in themselves.
Permit me to close this discussion on a personal note. I have heard and read references to me as a former dictator in many respected British newspapers including the well regarded Economist. Let me say without sounding defensive that dictatorship goes with military rule, though some might be less dictatorial than others. I take responsibility for whatever happened under my watch.

I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future. So before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms and is subjecting himself to the rigours of democratic elections for the fourth time.

You may ask: why is he doing this? This is a question I ask myself all the time too. And here is my humble answer: because the work of making Nigeria great is not yet done, because I still believe that change is possible, this time through the ballot, and most importantly, because I still have the capacity and the passion to dream and work for a Nigeria that will be respected again in the comity of nations and that all Nigerians will be proud of.

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Boko Haram, Baga and Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity.                            By Dr. Chido Nwangwu.

Boko Haram has turned Jonathan’s Nigeria, with brazen impunity, into what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. Borno and nearby  areas have become Boko violent playgrounds, the capital territory of their medieval Caliphate. We cannot have two Commanders-in-Chief in one country: Abubakar Shekau and President Jonathan. For President Jonathan, again, stand firm and Be Nigeria’s duly elected and only Commander-in-Chief; or….. 

http://usafricaonline.com/2015/01/12/boko-haram-and-nigerias-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

Special to USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston,                                                                                                        Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

 

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