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IOM rescues 25 Niger migrants 3 days after being stranded in desert

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Twenty-five Niger migrants have been left stranded in the middle of a desert while, after failing to get to their supposed “greenland” have been rescued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The IOM on Tuesday announced that twenty-five Niger migrants, including women and children, who were abandoned by their driver in the middle of the desert in northern Niger have been rescued.

The IOM revealed that the migrants were rescued “last weekend in the Sahara Desert by (teams of) IOM and the Directorate of Civil Protection of Niger,” said the UN agency in a Facebook post.

The United Nation agency further revealed that survivors, whose destination was not specified, “remained without food and water for three days” before they were found by the agency.

A report on Oxfam.com says every day, thousands of people undertake a perilous journey to seek refuge and protection in a country other than their own. Pushed by hunger, forced to flee violence or persecution, they leave everything behind and follow illegal and unsafe routes in search of safety. Sometimes however the journey itself costs them their lives.

It is reported that in 2015 between 80,000 and 150,000 people crossed the harsh and arid desert zone in northeastern Niger on their way to Europe. Most of them were young, sometimes very young, men, coming from Cameroon, Senegal, Gambia, or Guinea. The majority transited through Agadez, the last city in the north before starting their journey across the desert to reach the Libyan coast.

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Nigeria won’t bleed to death under my watch— Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu has once again assured that Nigeria won’t “bleed to death” under his watch as he will do everything to make sure the country comes out of its present economic crisis.

Tinubu, who gave the assurance when he received a delegation of the Yoruba Leaders of Thought at the State House in Abuja on Friday, emphasised that governance must be transformative and must address the critical needs of citizens.

The Nigerian President also emphasised the need for a more effective local government system that promotes community development and delivers essential governance within a robust federal framework, warning that the local government administration was must not be suffocated so that effective governance can be felt at the grassroots.

Tinubu admitted that the past 12 months had been fulfilling for his administration despite the presence of some challenges that were being addressed frontally.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President noted said;

“Yes, it has been challenging; it has been fulfilling as well. We took over, and we stopped the bleeding.

“I can say categorically now that Nigeria is no longer bleeding. And it will not bleed to death, but rather will now move to prosperity.

“That is the promise that I made to you all, and it is also the charge that you gave to me.

“We are managing to swim through the pond. The current is not a good one. We will turn the tide. We are turning the bend. This I assure you. I am being very careful. The worst is over for Nigeria. We will prevail.

“I thank the team that has been working hard. All I can promise is that we will do whatever it takes. We are determined, and we will work so that all Nigerians can feel the impact of good governance.

“My administration would ensure Nigeria gets value for every kobo spent. My government will leave a lasting legacy of prosperity to future generations,” he emphasized.

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Chief Mnukwa says history of libel suits by govt officials scares citizens from freely expressing themselves

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Chief Mnukwa of the Ngoni people says individuals are afraid to speak out on matters involving government officials due to a history of lawsuits against those who have voiced their opinions.

Mnukwa noted that individuals in government positions command a level of respect that discourages citizens from freely expressing their opinions.

In an interview with Zambia Monitor in Eastern Province, the traditional ruler claimed that some individuals in power exploit citizens.

“We have been observing in government circles, whoever says something about someone, they sue, they take you to court,” he pointed out.

He added that this practice prevented many people in rural communities from voicing their grievances.

“He may want to say something, but he will think twice, ‘I may be sued and what do I have,” Mnukwa stated.

He urged that this element of fear must be eradicated from people’s minds.

Mnukwa further added that abolishing the law of defamation must be prioritised so that people can freely oppose the government.

“We need to open up on those, to give the people the freedom to comment on government issues and any public figure’s actions,” he encouraged.

He further urged government officials to step up and fight for media freedoms, freedom of expression and digital rights on behalf of the Zambian people.

This story is sponsored content from Zambia Monitor’s Project Aliyense.

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